West Side Studios is a free digital filmmaking program for teens. Join us to bring your ideas to life on the big screen! You’ll learn how to make a short film from start to finish, from story development and script writing to filming and editing with professional equipment. You’ll also learn how to work as a member of a film crew, and you’ll build skills and experience that will prepare you for a job in the film or television industry.  Finished films are screened at festivals like the Buffalo International Film Festival!


Location: Grant Street Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo

Spring 2024 Session

April 9 – June 6

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-6pm

Final Showcase event Friday June 7 at School 77

It’s not too late to join the spring session!

Register here, via the Grant Street Neighborhood Center website


Summer 2024 Session

July 8 – August 15

Monday – Friday


Final Showcase event Friday August 15 at School 77

Summer session registration will open in late spring.

If you are interested and would like more information and email updates, contact Caroline at caroline@squeaky.org. 


Check out this highlight reel from the 2023 Summer Session!



Check out our past student’s work: Tomorrow’s Voice

This program is made possible with support from The New York State Council on the Arts and The New York State Regional Economic Development Council.