At this five-day intensive camp, teenagers will gain firsthand experience in professional filmmaking.  They will produce, write, direct, light, shoot, act in, and edit their own films. Daily workshops led by industry professionals are immediately followed by film shoots, putting these creative and technical ideas into practical use. This training builds towards the successful completion of the teens’ final short films. Regardless of their level of experience, the teens will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the filmmaking process. Everyone will take home a copy of the films, and on Friday afternoon there will be a celebration and screening for family and friends!

Including Genie, Gemini, DGC, ACTRA, TIFF, CSA Award Recipients –
Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), Gregory Smith (Rookie Blue), Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13), Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo), Judith Thompson (Lost and Delirious), Duana Taha (Degrassi), Maury Chaykin (Less Than Kind), Joan Hutton (President, CSC), George Bloomfield (Due South), Bill While (3DCC, WFW), TW Peacock (Heartland), Eleanore Lindo (Degrassi), Cal Coons (Murdoch Mysteries), Jerry Ciccoritti (King), Sudz Sutherland (Guns), Michael Grassi (Degrassi), Chris Fisher (Warehouse 13), Nicholas Campbell (DaVinci’s Inquest), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) and many more. 

Camp Producers

Co-President, Underground Pictures, Inc.
Member, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)
Member, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT)

Sarain Boylan was twice nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy, she starred in the Sci-Fi adventure Gretl, the dramatic feature A Wake co-starring Nicholas Campbell and Martha Burns, and the action films Death Warrior and Gangster Exchange (Six Best Film Awards – Canadian International Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival etc). She also starred in the comedy Freezer Burn – The Invasion of Laxdale opposite Tom Green and Crispin Glover. She appeared in Bon Cop Bad Cop (Genie Award – Best Picture), the ‘dramedy’ Baby Formula (Audience Award – Toronto LGBT Film Festival) and in the highest grossing horror franchise film Saw IV. Sarain has also starred in such films as Posers with Adam Beach, Night’s Noon Time with Rob Morrow and Derek Jacobi, The HouseRingtoneThe Right Way , Bleacher Bums with Brad Garrett and Maury Chaykin, Hayseed with Scott Thompson, and Hustle directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

Some of her television work includes Orphan Black (BBC America), Rookie Blue(ABC), Saving Hope (CTV/E1), Killjoys (SYFY), Lost Girl (SYFY) Republic of Doyle(CBC), Being Erica (CBC), Aaron Stone (Disney), Rent-a-Goalie (Showcase), CSI Miami (CBS), Til Death Do Us Part (Global), Dagvaktin (Iceland), The Call (CBC),Gong Show (WB), Murder in the Hamptons (CTV), Happy Face Murders(Paramount), TrailerVision (CityTV), Once A Thief (Alliance), The Hunger (Ridley Scott) and Nero Wolfe (A&E) among others.

Sarain also works as a filmmaker, co-producing music videoscommercials, documentaries and has coordinated the production of over 100 short films as the producer of Centre for the Arts’ Film Camp for Teens. She has worked professionally as an assistant director apprenticing with the Directors’ Guild of Canada (Jerry and Tom – Miramax, White Lies – CBC, etc.) and trained for many years under the tutelage of the Gemini award winning and renowned Canadian director George Bloomfield. In 2007 Sarain organized and produced a joint program with Theatre Revolve to assist 20 young immigrant women in successfully making their first films. She has also been producing a short film program for children with the Chess Institute of Canada since 2013.

Co-President, Underground Pictures, Inc.
Founder & Creative Director, Pendulum Entertainment
Member, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT)
Board Member, Charles Street Video

Troy graduated from Humber College with Honours in 2001. During his final year he was awarded the William F. White Award of Excellence for outstanding ability in all areas of the Film & Television Production Program. Since that time, Troy founded and has lead the growth of the production company Pendulum Entertainment; producing music videos, documentaries, commercials, television specials, and short films.

Troy works professionally in all aspects of filmmaking; as a director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and editor. He has worked on over 30 music videos (airing worldwide, including MuchMusic and MTV) with Canadian artists The Tragically Hip,MinorityRumsfieldDonSkilachiBucky4RukusGaiaisi, and more. He’s shot several documentaries including InTentCity (Hurricane Katrina), The Contender(The Rudy Brady Story) and Through Roses (Saul Rubinek and Pinchas Zukerman). Troy has worked with such clients as Luminato (since it’s inception),VideoFACTToronto Argonauts, Scotiabank, Sullivan Entertainment, CIBC’s Run for the Cure, Nestea, ColgateSt. Joseph’s CommunicationsPorts 1961PBS and many more. Troy directed the short films Cheating DeathBaytree Crescent andSuite 320 , and assisted in the production of 20 short films through Theatre Revolve and over 50 short films through Centre for the Arts’ Film Camp for Teens.

Troy recently directed the music video for the lead-off-single from Choclair’s (4x Juno Award winner) forthcoming album. He also recently directed a one-hour broadcast documentary titled Canada_Version3.0 (Allen Cross, Kevin Tierney, Michael Geist, and Stephen Stohn), exploring copyright reform within the creative industries of Canada, in today’s digital age. Most importantly, Troy is currently developing the feature films The Cellar Door and Runner.

Camp Counsellors

President, Mad Fool Creative Solutions Inc.
Member, International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 667
Member, Canadian Society of Cinematographers

Daniel Studied at the Universities of Western Ontario and British Columbia where he earned degrees in Urban Geography and Landscape Architecture. After practicing as an Urban Designer and Landscape Architect in the Vancouver area, Daniel entered the film industry. Over the years, working as an assistant cameraperson, Daniel has worked on projects ranging from Music Videos and TV commercials up to big budget feature films. He has had the privilege of working withsuch seasoned actors as: Holly Hunter and Stellan Skarsgaard (Harlan County War); Peter Weller (Odyssey 5); and Tim Allen (Zoom); not to mention some of the greatest Canadian talent such as Maury Chaykin (Conduct Unbecoming); Alan Hawco and Liane Balaban (Above and Beyond); and Howie Mandel (Howie Do-It).

In 2006, Daniel studied the art and technique of Steadicam operation with the Steadicam Operator’s Association in Chester Springs Pennsylvania. Some of the most skilled and experienced operators in North America participated in the program. In 2007, he began his transition from assistant to Operator. Currently, Daniel is dedicating all of his time to the craft of Steadicam operation, having worked on national advertising campaigns such as: CARA foods, Red Bull and the WSIB. Daniel has contributed to feature films not only for the North American market, but also for the Korean and Bollywood markets. Daniel has also been dedicating much ofhis down time to working with film students, volunteering on projects in need of Steadicam services and offering advice along the way. In the future, Daniel plans to transition into the academic world as an instructor.

Co-Founder, Cue6 Productions

Jill Harper is co-founder of Cue6 Productions. She works in various capacities in both the independent film and theatre communities in Toronto. She graduated from York University in 2008 with a BFA in film production having specialized in both cinematography and directing. Jill works as a camera operator and an editor for events in Toronto as well as on independent film productions. She was the Cinematographer on many short films including The Motel, The Adventures of Ratman, and Partners. In 2004 she started a small videography company, producing DVD’s of performances for drama schools.

She is also pursuing her career as a director of both film and theatre. She has written and directed several short films, including This December and Model and is in post-production for another short, Guns and Waffles. She also directed the playThe Guilty Party both for Ryerson Theatre School’s new voices festival, and independently through Cue6 Productions in the spring of 2008. Currently she is directing a workshop of the new Canadian play Pieces. Recently she has worked as assistant director on a number of theatre productions including Buried (Theatre Awakening), The Baker’s Wife (George Brown Theatre School), Macbeth andTwelfth Night (Classical Theatre Project). She also teaches drama and filmmaking at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People where she has worked since 2002.

Member, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)
Owner, C’mon Mort! Productions

Ashleigh is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Drama. She spent eight years studying at Canada’s National Ballet School, and performed in six seasons of The Nutcracker with The National Ballet of Canada (Hummingbird Centre, National Arts Centre).  She began her actingtraining with Equity Showcase Theatre, and continued at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Centre for the Arts.

Some of her film and television credits include Flashpoint (CTV/CBS), Dan for Mayor (CTV), Warehouse 13 (SyFy), Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury), Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid (Nickelodeon), Mayday (Discovery), Save the Last Dance 2 (MTV/Paramount), Catacombs (Lionsgate) and several television and film productions with the Canadian Film Centre. Ashleigh has also performed in numerous theatrical productions and television commercials.

Ashleigh recently completed production on the short film II, which she produced and wrote. She was the recipient of a Bravo!FACT award for this film.  Ashleigh is currently in development for the new Siskiyou music video a band she has worked with previously, co-producing their first music video, “Never Ever Ever Ever Again” (MuchFACT).

Guest Professionals

Guest Professionals lead workshops in Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Sound and Writing.

Aaron Ashmore (Smallville)Shannon Barnett (The Vow),
Raoul Bhaneja (Republic of Doyle), George Bloomfield (Due South),
Jeremy Boxen (Lost Girl), Nicholas Campbell (DaVinci’s Inquest),
Maury Chaykin (Less Than Kind), Jerry Ciccoritti (King),
Cal Coons (Murdoch Mysteries), Ray Dumas (Anvil! The Story of Anvil),
Matthew Edison (Othello), Chris Fisher (Warehouse 13),
Frank Hallinan Flood (Far and Away), Patrick Garrow (RoboCop),
Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Michael Grassi (Degrassi),
John Greyson (Paradise Falls), Chris Grismer(The Vampire Diaries),
Mars Horodyski (Ben’s at home), Joan Hutton (President, CSC),
Mary Young Leckie (MVP), Eleanore Lindo (Degrassi),
Greame Manson (Orphan Black), Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo),
Michelle Nolden (Numb3rs), Gerald Packer (American Pie Beta House),
TW Peacock (Heartland), Charles Picco (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil),
Aaron Poole (Strange Empire) Rino Romano (The Batman),
Sophie Ann Rooney (Acting with S A R), Saul Rubinek (Frasier),
Geordie Sabbagh (Old Stock), Gregory Smith (RookieBlue),
Christopher Warre Smets (The Last Hit Man), Warren P. Sonoda (Swearnet),
Sudz Sutherland (Guns), Duana Taha (Degrassi),
Judith Thompson (Lost and Delirious), Mille Tom (Life with Derek),
Bill While (3DCC,WFW), Kara Wooten (Aaron Stone), and more.

Short Films

Sponsorship & Donations

Film Camp for Teens offers a training opportunity to all youth, regardless of their experience or income, through the Full Sponsorship programs. Over the years there has been a constant demand for the PWYC option. To continue this extraordinary opportunity, Film Camp welcomes donations to support this program and our teen filmmakers including space rental, camera and sound gear, healthy snacks and drinks, TTC student tickets, counsellor honorariums and sponsorship of teens for a week at camp.

Some of the teen participants in the program have come from Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Youth Outreach Program, Trinity Bellwood’s Community Programs, St. Christopher House, Covenant House, 4Unity Productions and Theatre Revolve. Film Camp for Teens is committed to working in partnership with these organizations in order to provide opportunities in arts education.

In-kind donations have been provided from William F. White, Sim Video, Humber Collage, Trew Audio, Rancho Relaxo, Panavision, Ghost FX, Stephenson’s Rental, Grace Foods, Sick Kids Hospital, PS, Pendulum Entertainment, Lee Weston Photography and numerous others. We could not run the camp without their generous support.

We believe there is a real need for this kind of arts activity where young people can cultivate skills and express what is on their minds. Any financial contribution to support these teens through the Sponsorship Program is greatly appreciated.

…And thank-you for the PWYC spot…We wouldn’t be able to afford camp without it, and that place has been life-changing for our son (not an understatement).
— Parent of a repeating Film Camp participant
It’s good for teens to have an opportunity like this; start ’em young. I support the Centre for the Arts’ activities
— Joan Hutton, CSC, President, Canadian Society of Cinematographers


The producers of Film Camp for Teens would like to graciously thank the following companies and individuals who help make the camp happen!

William F. Whites, Sim Video, PS, Trew Audio, Panavision, Stephenson’s Rental, Grace Foods, Humber College, Pendulum Entertainment, Ballet Creole, Rancho Relaxo, Sick Kids, Lee Weston Photography, Ghost FX, Fifth Ground Entertainment, 918 Bathurst, and many more!

Aaron Lloyd Youell, Adam Titus, Matthew Lochner, Jameson Kraemer, Ibrahim Abusitta, Matt Kinch, Katie Pattillo, Emma Williamson, Rebecca Kacaba, Elizabeth Rains, Emily Groome, Lara Mrkoci, Wendy Noss, Sandy McIntyre, Craig Scorgie, Sarah Dunn, Crissy Calhoun, Meghan Heffern, Dr, Sarah Fleming, Andrew Rains, Jenny Westoby, Alicia Perrotta, Graeme Manson, David Kines, Aldina Young, Dieter Heinrich, Pamela Light, Janice Alexander, Robin Light, Leanna Weston, Erin Creasey, Lisa Harper, Idalina Leandro, Ruth Geddie, Brian Harper, Strident Films, Love & Oven, Emma’s Country Kitchen, Annie Rivers and many more.

We could not run the camp without their generous support.