New York City has produced top film directors like Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee, so why shouldn’t your kid be next? With toddlers already filming with your cell phone, it’s never too early to learn the nuts and bolts of real filmmaking. From animation classes to documentary film courses, here are seven film classes that may pave the way to that day when your kid utters the words, “I’d like to thank the Academy.”

Next Stop: Sundance

Take Two Film Academy. At Take Two Film Academy, your little filmmaker will do what every indie director does: make a film and then submit it to a film festival (with a little help from the instructors, of course). The program offers both after-school classes and immersion Saturday workshops that run for two consecutive weekends. Students work together in teams to write, act, shoot and edit their own short films. At the end of the term, teams will have a film put on a DVD, posted online and submitted to the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Take Two Film Academy
795 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side
Phone: 917-546-6816
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $500
Image courtesy of Take Two Film Academy
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–Alice Perry