Moving Pictures, Moving Minds

Reel Voices



Or click here to download a PDF of the application –> Reel Voices 2014 Application

Applications to Reel Voices 2014 are now open and available at the link above. For more information, or should you encounter any difficulties with the online form, please email the program coordinator, Jini Shim: jini [at]

Reel Voices summer 2014 classes: 10am-1pm Mondays & Wednesdays, June 23 – August 13 at the Pacific Arts Movement office (2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Suite 140, San Diego, 92106)

Reel Voices is open to current high school students only.


Reel Voices launches at Monarch school  

team Monarch-visiting campus

(Pictured above: Team Reel Voices @ Monarch! From left: Manuel Sanchez, RV assistant instructor; Pat Clark, RV lead instructor; Phil Lorenzo, Pac-Arts Managing Director; Jini Shim, RV coordinator; Frank Luna, RV Monarch lead instructor)

Pacific Arts Movement is honored to partner with Monarch School in Barrio Logan to launch a new media arts class for high school students interested in film production and digital storytelling. The elective course begins in April 2014 and is based on our successful Reel Voices program. Students will participate in film viewing, critical analysis, story development techniques, and exercises that encourage discovery and self-expression. With a hands-on approach, students will create their own digital short stories by the end of the semester. Visit Monarch RV Page



looking back to 2013: We did it! 

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The Reel Voices class of 2013 attended the San Diego Asian Film Festival’s Awards Gala Night on the November 9th to receive warm accolades for the completion of their documentary films and a $500 scholarship to use towards their filmmaking endeavors. On the very next day, the world premiere of their films was held at the Digiplex Mission Valley theater to a crowd of loving friends, family, and many supporters of youth.

Reel Voices 2013 films available on YouTube!

Click here for photos from Awards Gala Night

Click here for photos from Reel Voices 2013 Premiere

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Since 2005, Pacific Arts Movement has empowered local high school students to learn the art of documentary filmmaking through the Reel Voices program. This intense, 12-week summer internship helps students become socially conscious storytellers, learn Final Cut Pro editing, and experience all stages of production and post-production.

Students receive a $500 scholarship for their work, which premieres at the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in November. The films are also packaged into a DVD and travel to other film festivals around the world including Youngcuts Film Festival (Montreal), Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (Seattle), and Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (New York). Their films have won many awards including PBS’s Project VoiceScape Audience Award. Many previous Reel Voices students have used their works to earn scholarships to film school.


Last year’s Reel Voices films have been busy traveling the world. See the list of film festival screenings and awards.

Photos over the years – 2005 – 2012

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“Reel Voices really cemented my goal of being a filmmaker because while my school has given me opportunities to make videos, I think Reel Voices gave me the closest experience to what filmmaking is like.”     – Kristal Salazar, Reel Voices class of 2013

“It was an eye opener to all things possible in film as a career and I know that if I do decide to pursue film, Reel Voices will be have been the great first step!”    - Angeleena Tiaokhiao, Reel Voices class of 2013

” As a child, I had a hard time figuring out my identity and did not really have a figure to look up to that reflected me in American pop culture…  With Reel Voices, I have received a clear example of the need to act upon something to make a change.”   - Emily Johnson, Reel Voices class of 2012

“Making this film has been so rewarding and I hope that people can learn something from my film and try to make a difference in our world today.”
- Angel Gatus, Reel Voices class of 2010, Winner of PBS’s Project VoiceScape Audience Award

“…Going in with no background in film, everything from how-to watch a film to how-to make a log line (or two) to filming and editing was new to me; I couldn’t have dreamed up a better first experience!”
- Marissa Dodds, Reel Voices class of 2011

“Reel Voices made my dream to become a filmmaker more realistic and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to tell stories through film.”
-Harrison Tong, Reel Voices class of 2008

“Reel Voices opened the light to my dark world allowing me to find myself as an individual, giving me the opportunity to use media to communicate my message. This program has been one of the biggest challenges that I had to go through.”
- Joska Charles, Reel Voices class of 2008

“This internship cemented my passion to become a filmmaker and was one of the major reasons I got into film school.”
- Adam Lee, Reel Voices class of 2007, Film student at Loyola Marymount