California Film Commission Career Readiness Program

Through the California Department of Education Career Readiness Initiative

The information in red is in the CFC regulations and defines a particular Career readiness activity in which a production company can participate. Below is a brief description of how this particular activity increases career readiness, followed by links to forms and resources production companies will need to provide to secondary students, their teachers, or programs.


Please forward completed forms to both:  and


Classroom Workshops


CFC Criteria: Provide students enrolled in an accredited community college a minimum of 8 hours of classroom workshops or demonstrations on aspects of the film industry, including set operations, post-production, and specific technical crafts conducted by entertainment industry professionals.


One of the most effective means of increasing students’ career readiness is direct contact with practicing professionals. Keeping educators informed of industry changes helps us better prepare students for success in the film industry


Below are some suggestions:

  • Industry professionals (including below the line (BTL) department heads and crew) are invited to give guest lectures, in-class demonstrations, or “master class” presentations at local school sites. Coming on campus to work with faculty and students is a rewarding way to share the expertise gained through years of industry experience.

  • Reaching a larger audience by presenting at state or regional conferences can also assist Film and Television instructors in delivering the most up-to-date information to their students at the school site.

  • Production companies can structure their 8 hour commitment by combining individual classroom, lecture, and/or career readiness presentations.

  • Help with curriculum development to provide authentic, industry-related assignment.

  • Record how-to videos that can be utilized across multiple campuses.

  • Hosting a conference can be a great way to serve students, instructors, and administrators.


Classroom Workshop Examples:     
Give a guest lecture
  • Example: A cinematographer visits a camera class and gives insights into new technologies being implemented in the camera department


Provide a classroom demonstration

  • Example: An editor shows students how to do parallel editing from three camera studio sessions

  • Example: A cameraman demonstrates the menu structure of a Red or Arri camera

  • Example: A Digital Imaging Technician explains the protocols of transferring footage from data card to computer and proper backup procedure


Attend student and faculty career day presentations

  • Example: Provide an overview of the production process featuring a number of industry pros


Help develop and revise current curriculum

For more information on this new CFC Career Readiness Grant program click the links below or contact Jack Mitchell, California Department of Education, AME Industry Sector Lead, at



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