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About The Factory

The Factory is BAVC’s advanced video production collective for teenagers in the Bay Area.

The Factory has been training young Bay Area filmmakers for ten years. Participants create professional-quality short films: documentaries, narratives, music videos, and public service announcements. The program emphasizes creative and political expression through a strong visual style, and promotes collaboration between Bay Area youth and the organizations and individuals in their community. They hone their skills as videographers, directors, and editors, while developing the interpersonal skills that collaborative filmmaking requires. 

The Factory is a part of the Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) NextGen youth programs. BAVC is a 35-year old media arts nonprofit who’s mission is to inspire social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through arts, education and technology. To learn more about BAVC, click here.

The Factory recently relocated to BAVC’s main facility in the mission district of San Francisco.  The program is now outfitted with a renovated lab space, called The Annex.  Factory alums Sydney Matterson and Julian Compagni-Portis made a short film about the new space:

To apply to The Factory, or another of Nextgen’s Digital Pathways tracks, click here.


The Factory is taught by Sarah Gonzalez and Claire Weissbluth.