A group of Girls in STEM students walk the red carpet to show their short film

Film Fest

_Girls in STEM______

Girls in STEM Film Festival

September 20-22, 2024

In partnership with Breckenridge Film Festival, participating girls will learn about careers within the film industry as they produce their own short films. This program is open to any female student currently enrolled in 4th-8th grade. Students will create their own film with support from a variety of females currently working in the film industry. In past years this has included cinematographers, directors, film editors, producers and more.

At the close of the program, girls will present their short films during a scheduled event included within the Breckenridge Film Festival schedule. All parents will receive free entry to the final presentation.

Girls in STEM Film Fest students present their film on stage at the Breck Film Fest

Rates & Amenities

This program is subsidized on a sliding fee scale for local families – see the chart below. This price includes lodging in our dorms, all meals, programming and use of supplies and technology.

Free & Reduced Lunch rate$60
CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) rate$190
Fully Pay rate$350

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

If you have a financial barrier, please apply for a scholarship for the Girls in STEM program. All scholarships will be determined on a rolling basis and offered based on financial need.


We offer free transportation to local students at Dillon Valley Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary!

  • KSS pickup students from school on Friday afternoon at 4:00pm from Silverthorne Elementary and Dillon Valley Elementary.
  • Parent Pickup in Breckenridge at the Film Fest on Sunday or drop-off back at Silverthorne Elementary & Dillon Valley Elementary

Packing List

The Girls in STEM Film Fest students making their short film 

Program Schedule

Please note that this program schedule may change based on the availability of our STEM Mentors.

Two Girls in STEM students arrive for the weekend


Sept. 22
Pickup at Silverthorne Elementary & Dillon Valley Elementary
4-5pmArrival & Program Intro
6:45pmFilm 101: Careers & Roles within Film
8:00pmGroup Work: Design Thinking Process, Guiding Question, Storyboard creation
9:00pmMove into dorms and lights out
Female students edit video on a laptop during Film Fest


Sept. 23
9:00amIntro to your teaching space
9:30amFilm 202: Film Technique (editing, sound, cinematography)
10:45amGroup Work
11:30amLunch & Career Presentation
1:30pmGroup Work
5:30pmCareer Presentation
6:00pmDinner with a Film Professional
7:30pmShort Film Workshop
9:30pmCandle Chat
A group of our Girls in STEM Film Fest students walk down the red carpet at the Breck Film Fest


Sept. 24
9amDepart for CMC
9:30amGroup Work
11:30amLunch & Career Presentation
1:30pmStudent Film Festival @ Breckenridge Theatre (121 S Ridge St)Doors open at 1pm
2:30pmDeparture/Pick Up at Breck Film Fest
2:30pmDrop-off at Dillon Valley & Silverthorne Elementary
The Girls in STEM mentors at the Breck Film Fest red carpet

STEM Mentors

A variety of female professionals will be interacting with all participating girls throughout the weekend. As the cast of STEM Mentors is solidified, we will update this page with names and biographies. Stay tuned.

Thank you to our Program Donors

Special thanks to Breckenridge Film Festival and HP for being partners for this program!

If you are interested in supporting this program please contact our Development Director, Owen Dodd at ododd@keystonescienceschool.org or call (970)513-5833.

Breck Film
Xcel Energy
US Bank
JP Innovation Project
The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Phillippon Research Institute
Denver Water
Aurora Water
Oxy Occidental

In the words of parents

“No phones. Dedicated time to focus on self. Reminders about gratitude. Getting in touch with nature. The counselors are strong, sweet, great role models.”

“My kid looks forward to this every year! It is so important for her to get out of her usual routine and meet new people and get a chance to be on her own.”

“We love KSS. The growth our kids have each summer is priceless. Thank you for all the hard work, planning and everything that goes into what you do!”

Check out more All-Girls programs at KSS!

Adventures is the next step in progression at KSS, and we have girls-only trips coming up next summer!

We also have more Girls in STEM programs coming up, including Water in the West this October!

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A student performs a water test in Girls in STEM

Girls in STEM Water in the West

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