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.”

Get Real

Maysles Film Insitute. You won’t find any silly cat videos here. Founded by legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, the Maysles Film Institute focuses solely on teaching documentary filmmaking. The Junior Filmmakers’ 10-week course teaches children ages 10 to 13 all the basics on making a short documentary film. For younger kids ages 7 to 11, Film in Action is a film club that teaches youngsters to start thinking critically about what they watch.

Maysles Film Institute
343 Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem
Phone: 212-537-6843
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $200-$600
Image courtesy of Maysles Film Institute
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–Alice Perry