Summer Film Production

Looking for where to submit scripts for the SFP? Details and online form are on the "Script Submission" page.

Want to make a feature film or TV series pilot? You can do just that through the SMU Summer Film Production!

What It Is

SMU students produce their own feature film or TV pilot on a biannual (new project starts every two years) cycle. This is a chance to work on a long-form project while still in school, in a student-led format. It's also an opportunity to get experience on and be credited on professional-caliber work - two of the features produced through the SFP earned distribution deals after their festival runs! (for details, see The Book of Job and All the Wrong Friends info below)

Check out these behind the scenes vids, shot and cut by SMU students:

It's a chance to work with professional gear on a long-form project and really get a taste of what it's like to do production as a full-time job – instead of just shooting a day or two on a weekend, this is a full-blown, full-time, two-week shoot, often on location.

This is NOT an “interning for faculty” or “watch and learn from the professionals” project – the entire production is planned and crewed by SMUers. In particular, ALL crew heads (director, producers, cinematographer, production designer, editor, sound mixer, AD, gaffer, etc.) are current SMU students or recent alumni.

With shoots in alternate summers (hence "Summer Film Production"), if you’re at SMU for four years you’ll be around for at least two shoots.

Don't wait to wait for the summer to get involved? No problem! Despite what the name might imply, there's ALWAYS a “Summer Film Production” (or SFP) going on in one phase or another. Though the shoots happen over the summer, each SFP involves a year of prep ahead of time and a year of post-production afterwards sandwiching the shoot. So you can always find ways to get involved with the SFP - whether or not you take part in the summer shoot.

For updates, follow @SMUSummerFilm on Twitter; if you have questions or want more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, which has answers to just about everything else you'd want to know about the SFP. And if you still can't find what you're looking for, contact us at and we'll get back to you.

(By the way, YES, accepted students who will be starting at SMU in the fall are welcome to join the SFP as soon as they’ve committed to SMU, including submitting scripts, helping with pre- and post-production, or even crewing on the shoot itself!)

Current Projects:

2021-23 SFP (upcoming)

Script submissions are now being accepted to be considered for the next Summer Film Production! Feature scripts due May 4, 2021. For details, see the SFP Script Submission page.

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Smile (2019-22 SFP)

"No one ever talks about what life is like after you try to kill yourself."

Smile is a drama about a young woman who returns home after a traumatic event and has to figure out her relationship with her family, her friends, and her future.

writer and director:
  - Kelsey Hodge (SMU Film, B.F.A. 2020)
  - Brittney Hutchison (SMU Film, B.F.A. expected 2023)
  - Alexa May (SMU Film, B.F.A. expected 2023)

Smile was originally scheduled to shoot in May 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the shoot was postponed until summer 2021; the film is now in post-production with an expected premiere in spring 2022. If you're interested in getting involved in any way (post-production, marketing, distribution, etc.) you can contact the production team at


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A First Look at Smile: