Professional Development


Up Next Focus

Intimate, discipline-specific virtual events designed for YoungArts alumni to intersect with industry professionals who can advise and advance careers in their fields. Beginning with four disciplines in the 2019–2020 season, three more disciplines have been added in 2020–2021, and all ten disciplines will be served by the 2021–2022 season. These two-hour virtual sessions allow for professionals to meet with YoungArts alumni, and offer insight into successfully navigating a career path in their field.
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Up Next Digital Series

Up Next Digital is an all-new series of virtual skill-building workshops offered bi-monthly with topics such as fundraising, grant-writing, budget management, contract negotiation, branding and more. Utilizing YoungArts partner organizations and a variety of practitioners, a range of classes are available for recent winners and alumni, and when possible, will be archived for reference on YoungArts Post.

Sundance Ignite


Each year, YoungArts invites five alumni filmmakers under the age of 25 to attend the Sundance Film Festival and participate in the Sundance Ignite program of activities during the second weekend of the festival. Alumni attend panels and workshops with other young filmmakers, meet with established film industry professionals and view films debuting at the prestigious festival.

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival

In its third year, YoungArts’ Curator Mentorship with Miami Film Festival offers five alumni the opportunity to pre-screen and review films for potential selection for Miami Film Festival. Participating alumni receive personal, critical feedback from Miami Film Festival’s Executive Director & Co-Director of Programming Jaie Laplante, and if recommended films are selected for the Festival, the alumnus/a will have the opportunity to introduce the film within the festival.

Applications and open calls for these opportunities and positions can be found on YoungArts Post. If you have any questions about alumni opportunities, please email our Alumni Community Manager Kelley Kessell at [email protected].