For Educators

Montclair Film offers a collection of inspiring, educational, in-school, and offsite programs for teachers and students. Our hands-on filmmaking, screenwriting, podcasting, storytelling, and other creative workshops are designed to help students find their unique voices and tell their stories. Our Film Field Trips, including our curated Impact Series, harness the power of film to spark conversation and deepen thought and understanding of social issues. We also offer Professional Development workshops for Educators and Administrators ranging from Video Production to Team Building.

Our film and in-class education programs can be customized to your individual needs. Click below for more information on our Education and Professional Development programs, as well as exciting opportunities for emerging filmmakers, screenwriters, and film lovers.

Film Field Trips & High School Impact Series

Treat your students to an engaging and educational field trip to The Clairidge! Whether it’s an adaptation of a Shakespeare play or a literary classic, a documentary on real world STEAM topics or current social issues, a foreign language film, or a scripted movie that brings history to life, Montclair Film’s educators can help you customize a film experience that will enhance your curriculum and captivate your students.

You can also select a film from our 2023 High School Impact Series outlined below. This collection of powerful films has been carefully curated to spark conversation about relevant social issues in science, civics, and social studies. After screening the film, your students can engage in a lively discussion with the filmmaker and/or relevant content experts.

Field trip prices vary depending on film selected, number of students, and related speaker fees. If you are interested in learning more, please fill out the: Film Field Trips & Impact Series Information Form.

2023 High School Impact Films



The story of YouTube is both inspirational and cautionary; the video-sharing website appeared in 2005 and quickly grew to become one of the most ubiquitous and powerful media platforms in the world. It is impossible to overstate its impact on global culture by providing easy and immediate access to news, entertainment media and other vital forms of information. It has, however, helped radicalize some of its viewers with right- wing propaganda and other dangerous forms of media. The story of YouTube is the great dilemma of our times; the technology revolution has made our lives easier and more enriched, while also presenting dangers and challenges that make the world a more perilous place. And at this extraordinary moment in history, it is the story of how we got here and where we’re going.

Themes: Media Literacy, Social Justice, Current Events, Science and Technology,

Rating: Not rated.

(Black History Month)


In 1955, after Emmett Till is murdered in a brutal lynching, his mother vows to expose the racism behind the attack while working to have those involved brought to justiceTill” is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world.
(Runtime: 130 minutes)

Themes: Social Justice, Civil Rights, American History, Social Activism

Rated: PG-13 The MPAA rated Till PG-13 for thematic content involving racism, strong disturbing images and racial slurs.

(Women’s History Month)


AFGHAN DREAMERS is a story of a barrier-breaking team of young women from
Afghanistan who see their passion for robotics and science as an opportunity to
transform their own lives. But when the team finds itself struggling to succeed in
international competitions, facing students with tremendous educational advantages
and opportunities, they realize that in order to compete, they must combat their male-
dominated culture and the threats of Taliban rule. AFGHAN DREAMERS is a portrait of
the power of education to transform lives, and the resilience of a group of young women
determined to challenge the status quo. (Runtime: 72 minutes)

Themes: Women’s rights, Science and Technology, Robotics, Social Justice, World

Rating: Not rated.

(Earth Month)


The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never- before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta—a shy student with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
(Runtime: 97 minutes)

Themes: Climate Change, Student Activism,

May – June

Choose from any of the above films!

For more information: Film Field Trips & Impact Series Information Form.

Montclair Film Classes at Your School

Customizable Filmmaking, Podcasting, Screenwriting and
Performance Classes Grades 6 – 12

Montclair Film Education works with a variety of schools to provide customizable in-school, after-school, or home school instruction. Most classes can be held in person or virtually.

Montclair Film Education provides curriculum and in-school instruction for the following classes:

  • Filmmaking*
  • Screenwriting
  • Editing with Premiere Pro*
  • Podcasting
  • Improv
  • Acting

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*May require access to computer lab


Opportunities for Your Students
Grades 6 – 12

Emerging Filmmaker and Emerging Screenwriter Competitions

Montclair Film’s Emerging Filmmaker Competition and Emerging Screenwriter Competition celebrate the work of filmmakers and screenwriters who are in the 6th through 12th grades. These competitions provide an opportunity for students to showcase their work among professionals and peers and gain invaluable experience and insight into the filmmaking and screenwriting professions. FREE for students to participate in!

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Junior Jury

The Montclair Film Festival offers students in grades 10–12 an exciting opportunity to serve on their Junior Jury. Jurors will meet industry professionals and will learn how to analyze and adjudicate films. They will receive VIP treatment with free access and reserved seats for select films. After deliberating and selecting the best film in its category, the jurors will present the Junior Jury Award as part of the Montclair Film Festival’s Award Ceremony.

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Student Cinema Collective

Encourage your students to join their peers for cutting-edge film screenings and creative conversation! Once a month the Student Cinema Collective meets to screen a film and discuss it afterward under the tutelage of our film educators. Stay in the loop to keep
your students posted by joining our SCC mailing list. SCC Mailing List.

Professional Development

Build real world skills and have fun while doing it!

Montclair Film provides hands-on Professional Development workshops for teachers and school administrators.

Our Workshops include:

    • Project-based learning through Multimedia
    • Explicit Instruction through Video Production
    • Podcasting
    • Editing
    • Filmmaking
    • Improv for Team Building
    • Storytelling

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