Film Institute

Beginning in Fall 2023, the Film Institute of Simmons College of Kentucky will offer a 6-Week Immersive Experience in Black Film Studies. This 7-credit hour experiential learning program is open to college-age emerging creatives seeking a career in the film industry.

The Black Film Institute explores the historical and contemporary evolution of Black film and media studies

for the next generation of innovative 21st-century Black storytellers in Louisville, Kentucky.

Institute features include attending workshops facilitated by industry professionals in:

  • Research Methods and Design
  • Writing Workshop
  • Audio Production
  • Photography
  • Videography 
  • Set Design
  • Hair, Make-up, and Wardrobe
  • Film Editing

During this course, students engage in innovative experiential learning with unprecedented leadership opportunities as Black Louisville storytellers and leaders in the film industry centered in the Black cultural perspective as social justice change agents to create an original, student-led production.

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Course offerings during the Fall 2023 semester: 


BFI 101 Course: Introduction to Black Film and Media Studies (3 credit hours) 

This course, Black Film Institute: Introduction to Black Film and Media Studies, is a theoretical course exploring the historical and contemporary evolution of Black film and media studies for the next generation of Black storytellers. 


Course (In-Person):  3:00pm-3:50pm M/W/F (50 min) 

Steward Hall, Room 204 


BFI 301 Screenwriting and Script Writing  

This course is designed to introduce and engage the next generation of storytellers in a workshop-style scriptwriting learning experience. During this course, students will cultivate their understanding and skills in filmmaking from the perspective of a creative writer. Students will explore the fundamentals of original scriptwriting and screenwriting as storytellers for the uplift of Black narratives. 


Course (Synchronous):  4:00pm-5:15pmT/Th (75 min) 


BFI 203 Introduction to Audio Production for Film  

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the tools and techniques of audio production through an immersive learning experience tailored to the film industry. 


Course (In-Person): 2:30pm-3:45 T/Th (75 min) 

Now Accepting Applications into the Film Institute! Click HERE to register

For more information, please contact: Dr. Tytianna Ringstaff 

Director of the Digital Teaching and Learning (DTAL) Center 

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