Get ready to give you and your career a powerful boost!

Indiana Filmmakers Network Inc. is offering you an amazing opportunity to learn and grow as a filmmaker… We want to send you on an international adventure that will give your career a powerful boost. Be part of Summer Media Studio (SMS) — an educational and job readiness opportunity for filmmakers in Europe. Begun by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Audiovisual Arts Industry Incubator in 1997, SMS is an exceptional film camp that takes place on the Baltic Sea Coast of Lithuania.

In 2018 — for the first time — filmmakers from the USA will have the opportunity to travel to Europe to participate in this program. You can check out the 2017 program here. If you are at least 18 years of age, you can apply for the opportunity to join SMS as a resident filmmaker.  We have 12 slots available for the low cost of $2,900/person. This includes: travel from Indianapolis to O’Hare, international airfare, transportation in Lithuania, SMS tuition, and room & board.

Jonathan Tammuz — the director of RUPERT’S LAND, MINOTAUR and the Oscar nominated THE CHILDEATER — will be one of the SMS tutors. Tammuz and other staff will guide SMS participants as they divide into groups to make a film. The final night films will be screened and awards presented. You will go home with credit on a film made in Europe!

Check out this VIDEO from Summer Media Studio 2017

Why is SMS a valuable opportunity?

  • Trusted: SMS is an established 20-year-old program
  • Experiential: learn filmmaking by actually making a film, in Europe!
  • Networking: form a valuable international circle of film colleagues
  • Travel: expand your horizons, see another part of the world, gain perspective
  • Value: Comparable film camps in the USA are expensive and do not include a two week stay at Hotel Ąžuolynas on the gorgeous Baltic Sea coast.

Estimated Cost: $2,900/person (includes SMS tuition, room, & board; domestic travel between Indianapolis & O’Hare; round trip airfare from O’Hare to Lithuania; does not include domestic travel between O’Hare and destinations other than Indianapolis)

Scholarships: The first 5 applicants who get accepted to SMS will receive an $800 scholarship for SMS. Then next 5 successful applicants will receive a $400.00 scholarship for SMS.

Apply Now.

Application deadline is June 1st.

SMS is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow as a filmmaker as you embark on an international adventure. An established program run by professionals, international travel, networking, experiential learning, skilled tutors, reasonable cost, and the gorgeous location on the Baltic Sea Coast make SMSR 2018 an incredible value.

For more information contact Paul Nethercott, SMS 2018 Producer

Location of SMSR 2018: Hotel Ąžuolynas on the Baltic Sea Coast of Lithuania

Key Dates:

  • June 1: Applications due
  • June 8: Announce selected applicants
  • June 15: $200.00 non-refundable deposit due
  • July 1: Full payment due
  • August 30: Depart from Chicago (O’Hare) for Lithuania
  • September 3-15: SMS film camp
  • September 16: Arrive in Chicago (O’Hare) from Lithuani

Estimated Cost: $2,900/person (includes travel from Indianapolis to O’Hare, international airfare, transportation in Lithuania, SMS tuition & SMS room & board) Note that there are a few scholarships available. The first 5 applicants who get accepted to SMS will receive an $800 scholarship for SMS. Then next 5 successful applicants will receive a $400.00 scholarship for SMS.

For more information contact Paul Nethercott, SMS 2018 Producer


About Inesa Kurklietytė:
Kurklietytė is the founding director of SMS, teaches film at five universities, and is an award-winning film director. Named The International Film Festival Šeršėliafam’s “Woman of the Year in Cinema,” Kurklietytė is a prominent filmmaker, academic, and visionary leader.

About Paul Nethercott:
SMS producer Paul Nethercott is an awarding winning international filmmaker with credits on films that have screened at over 75 film festivals. Nethercott is passionate about the opportunity to take a group to Europe for SMS and is delighted to work with Indiana Filmmakers Network on this incredible opportunity.