The Factory

The Factory is BAVC's advanced video production collective for motivated teenagers in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Factory participants create professional-quality short films, music videos, and public service announcements. The program emphasizes creative and political expression through a strong visual style, and promotes collaboration between Bay Area youth and the organizations and individuals in their community. Participants are encouraged to explore issues important to them through fiction, documentary, and video art. They hone their skills as videographers, directors, and editors, while developing the interpersonal skills that collaborative filmmaking requires. 

Completed projects are distributed to film festivals, contests, and for broadcast.

Factory-produced videos have screened at over fifty festivals internationally, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, South African Youth International Film Festival, and the Media That Matters Film Festival. Click here for a full list of past screenings.

Our work has also been broadcast on KQED, KDOL, Access SF, and Manhattan News Network. We have won numerous awards in a variety of categories such as a Northern California Emmy Award, two Golden Gate Awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Jury Award from Media That Matters, and the top prize from the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Participants in The Factory also travel nationally to film festivals and youth media conferences. Recently, Factory youth have attended the Sundance Film Festival, the Youth Media Alliance in Detroit, and the Seattle Superfly youth filmmaking camp.

Factory filmmakers, and alumni, are also employed through BAVC Productions, the organization's community filmmaking department, and have worked with a variety of local organizations to produce promotional videos through our Community Filmmaking Partnerships.   

This free, year-round, program meets in San Francisco office in the Mission District (2727 Mariposa) from 4:30pm-7pm, on Tuesdays & Thursdays. 

The Factory is currently accepting applications from interested Bay Area youth, ages 14-18, for our Fall cohort.

For more information about the program, contact Factory Manager Sarah Gonzalez at sarahgonzalez[at]

Make a tax-deductible donation to the Factory through our secure system. For questions about donations, please contact Donate $10 or more and receive a copy of the Best of Next Gen DVD.