The Saratoga Film Academy

SFA provides a hands-on, project based learning experience in video and narrative film production for students of all ages. This dynamic learning experience uses Hollywood insider knowledge on how to develop students' technical skills to assist them in expressing their artistic voices.

The Film Academy offers weekend workshops, weekly programming, film competitions, special screenings, lectures, summer programming, and soon we will be offering equipment rentals. We are now offering programming that welcomes the participation of adults. All programs are located at the Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 


We have the ability to be mobile if private institutions or organizations would like to sponsor programming at their site. For more information contact us at

Since 2015, we have been proud to have worked with almost 400 students and have built a community of local filmmakers, actors, and other artists.  There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in our growing community, so please inquire if you are interested in getting involved at

"Make great art." - Neil Gaiman 

Jon Dorflinger 

Writer, filmmaker, and teacher, he is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He worked in production for 6 years in the Hollywood Film Industry on such films as Seabiscuit, The Terminal, Team America, and Memoirs of a Geisha, with such names as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. While working for a VP of Production at Warner Brothers Studios, he learned the business side of production management.

As the personal assistant to writer/director Tom Brady, he was involved in the creative process of writing, casting, producing, and post-production of The Comebacks starring David Koechner (Anchorman). He completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA, and is currently in midst of several writing projects for books, movies, and TV. This former "Teacher of the Year” taught high school English in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and a teaching certification for New York State in 7-12 English Language Arts. He currently owns and operates The Saratoga Film Academy, is Proctor’s media arts teacher at Ballston Spa High School, and is actively producing several commercial and creative film/video projects every year.

Jon Dorflinger


All programing located at:

The Saratoga Independent School

459 Lake Ave.

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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