Grateful Thanksgiving

6 Things We’re Thankful For and Why You Should Be, Too!

As you’re getting on a plane, in a car, or busy prepping for your Thanksgiving celebration, here are 6 things we’re truly thankful for at BAYCAT that you can add to your list of things to be thankful for, too:

1. Our youth media producers’ creativity and inspiration. Seven films created by our youth media producers won 22 awards this year.

Doc shorts: #Activism, Stats of Life, This Is Me, Tangles

Music Videos: Take a Look at Yourself, Mood Swings, Reach for the Stars

2. Our employers who hired 88% of our graduates from the last 2 years. SF Giants Production, Lucas Film, Wired Magazine, the Golden State Warriors, HBO, Netflix, and others. You’ve given our interns, mainly young creatives of color and young women, dream jobs in the competitive fields of digital arts, broadcast and tech.

3. Our clients.  We love working with you, and also appreciate you for giving back by hiring our professional Studio.

4. All the stories we get to tell.

Special mentions: We’re grateful to tell 50 stories of 50 amazing Bay Area nonprofits in 50 weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50. THANK YOU 50 Fund for partnering with us and for being visionary in creating the most giving Super Bowl ever.  

Thanks also to all our nonprofit partners who make our community and The Bay Area stronger!

5. The best BAYCAT team, board and volunteers who make this happen each day.

6. All our donors!

We are very proud of what we have accomplished, and thankful for all the support. However, in order to continue to serve our community, we need your help and money. Therefore, we are launching today our year-end annual campaign: “Fund Passion. Not Prison.”

The goal of this campaign is to keep our youth’s free arts and tech programs alive. You can make a difference by donating before December 31, so that we will continue to help low income youth, young women and kids of color, who have no access to the creative and digital fields, to follow their passion and find the job of their dreams.

Click here to donate now.

Also check out the option to build your own page to help us reach the goal. You can do it as a team at your school, organization and company. Or it’s just a way to invite your friends, family and colleagues to pitch in.

This money will help us to educate and train 250 kids from the lowest opportunity neighborhoods of San Francisco and the Bay Area.  More importantly, it will give them a safe place where they’re able to express themselves, and where we can nurture their passion into a meaningful profession. This is a growth opportunity they can’t access anywhere else.

Your tax-deductible donation will help Jazzy and Hugo to continue to follow their passion and build a future. After all, we think the world would be a better place if everyone had the opportunity to follow their passion and find a job they love.

Happy Thanksgiving from the BAYCAT family!

Youth Media Film Festival Coordinator

Each term, BAYCAT youth media producers create high-quality content that goes on to screen at film festivals around the nation and the world. BAYCAT Productions is seeking an enthusiastic and organized volunteer Youth Media Film Festival Coordinator to support the education team. The coordinator will work closely with the BAYCAT program team to submit youth-produced media to various film festivals around the Bay Area and beyond.


  • Research film festivals that align with our content & mission
  • Submitting & coordination film festival submissions
  • Burning DVDs and uploading media to Dropbox
  • Managing film festival deadlines
  • Coordination with BAYCAT youth & families
  • Attend film festivals as a BAYCAT representative (optional)




  • 4-6 hours / week
  • 3 month commitment or longer
  • Able to work from home or from BAYCAT’s Office (must be able to meet at BAYCAT once a month)

We can often provide internship credit through schools (inform us during the application process).

If interested, fill out an application and you should hear from us within a week.

BAYCAT Media Featured World-Wide

BAYCAT youth media has been getting a lot of recognition recently! Three of our pieces from the last year have been selected as finalists in upcoming Film Festivals.
“SF Love” was accepted to the Vancouver International Film Fest through the Reel Youth Media program.
“Tech Free for a Weekend” is one of only 13 films to be featured at the International Black Women’s Film Festival!
“That Family Thing” was just accepted to the Tower of Youth Film Fest.

BAYCAT will be organizing visits to several of these upcoming screenings. Get in touch if you want to join us!

“Somos Familia” Screening at Frameline Film Festival

frameline“Somos Familia”, a series of three shorts featuring Latina Moms talking about their kids coming out to them, filmed in Spanish and subtitled in English, will appear at Frameline this June in San Francisco. The series was produced by Studio BAYCAT.

The Frameline film festival has showcased LGBT media since 1977 and will be taking place from June 16-26, 2011. Learn more at

“There is a Place” screening in India!

There is a Place

Our latest Community Cinema short film is going international!

“There is A Place,” a short about a young foster girl’s story of her Mom wanting to come back into her life, is appearing at “Lessons in the Dark” in India as part of the World Kids Foundation’s work. This film was created by our interns and stars local youth and adults.

“Lessons in the Dark” brings world cinema for children right into their classrooms. With screening sessions spread over a period of one year, this edutainment module gives an added dimension to the experience of learning academics as well as lessons of life. Learn more about the program and the World Kids Foundation Here:

“What is Jerkin?” at Project YouthView Film Festival

BAYCAT student Tyre Brown’s film “What is Jerkin?”, a short about a new youth-led dance movement, will screen at theProject YouthView Film Festival on Thursday, May 12.

Project YouthView is a celebration of the Power of Youth in Film organized by Alternatives in Action. The event opens up important dialogue between youth and adults about the issues young people face and inspires youth to tell their stories and pursue a career in arts/media. Project YouthView 2011 is set for Thursday May 12th, 2011 starting at 6:30pm at the venue sponsor, Alameda Theatre and Cineplex.

Tickets are available for a donation of $10 for adults or $5 for youth. Buy your tickets now!

“Talking About It” at Cine Youth Festival in Chicago

“Talking About it”, a documentary by BAYCAT’s own Isaac Haney-Owens, has been chosen for Cine Youth Festival in Chicago!

The CineYouth Festival is the Chicago International Film Festival’s youth film festival, honoring the work of filmmakers under the age of 20. Celebrating its seventh year May 5-7, 2011, CineYouth Festival screens over 100 films, holds numerous filmmaking workshops, and invites filmmakers from all ages from around the country to come together, share their work, learn from each other and be inspired. CineYouth is held at Columbia College Chicago, home of the biggest film school in the country.

Can’t make it to Chicago?  No problem! Click here  to watch online.


BAYCAT Short at Good Look Film Festival

“The Point” is premiering at the Good Look Film Festival
April 13th!!

Good Look Film Festitval is a celebration for youth, educators and community, integrating media literacy and environmental justice solutions.

Click here for schedule.

Three BAYCAT films win awards at the 6th International MY HERO Film Festival!

“Why So Low”, which won 1st place in the high-school division, is a short film produced by BAYCAT in conjunction with the Peer Resources class at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School. Students ask each other why only 3 African-American males graduated in 2009.

“Bridging the Gaps”, which won first in the community division, was produced and edited by former BAYCAT intern Ala Taha. The film looks at housing and services for former foster youth — now young parents with babies.

“75 Cents to Ride”, which was produced by Misson High student Laron Davis, won third place in the Experimental Category.

Congratulations to our students and interns! These films will be screened at the festival at 3pm November 20, at the George Lucas Building on the USC campus.

Visit the My Hero Film Festival portal for more information.