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About Us

The Academy of Cinematic Arts is a Christian, arts/education nonprofit for youth ages 8-19 who love to make and watch films! We are committed to helping students discover their stories through digital storytelling, film, and media, providing youth with educational programs, social experiences, competition, award recognition, and a sense of community.


We know that stories change lives and people stretch, grow, feel, change, inspire, and innovate because of stories. We become our best selves, witness our worst, and truly live our lives through stories. When the next generation tells stories well, they become empowered and elevate their communities in ways we can only begin to imagine.

Boy with camera outside; Academy of Cinematic Arts
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From after school programs to summer camps, ACA has it all.  The goal is to provide a positive space, by helping influence filmmakers to create life-giving films. It’s a great place for students of all ages to strengthen a hobby or build skills as a future media maker. 

3 girls holding awards smiling; Golden Lion Awards
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A Cincinnati based film festival for all middle school & high school student filmmakers across the midwest and surrounding area (500 miles from Cincinnati) to compete and showcase their work. The festival offers over 14 categories from best picture to music videos.

Teens smiling and posing; Teen Film Challenge
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A 72-hour filmmaking competition exclusively for teenagers! The competition enables teens to showcase their filmmaking talents, empowering them to collaborate in small groups and combine talents to produce a film in three days. All creativity, production, and post-production take place during the 72 hours, including scriptwriting, film shooting, editing, and sound design.

3 boys smiling; Academy of Cinematic Arts
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Each spring we host a night to celebrate grade school, middle school, and high students’ achievements in the cinematic arts. The evening includes a cocktail reception, formal dinner, live auction, silent auction, and wine pull.

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