Who We Are
Motion Media Arts Center



Motion Media Arts Center is a 501c(3) non-profit independent film, art, and technology center that supports every aspect of production from idea to distribution. Our goal is to educate, train, and develop emerging artists of all ages to be active participants in shaping our culture. We are dedicated to the belief that film, art and technology can be and are financially accessible art forms both in and outside of the classroom. Our programs include Austin School of Film and Austin Cinemaker Space.



Motion Media Arts Center was formed in 2002 by combining Austin Cinemaker Co-op and Center for Young Cinema (CYC). Austin Cinemaker Co-op was formed in 1996, came to be recognized as an outstanding filmmaking resource center, and featured original members like Guillermo Del Toro and Lee Daniel. CYC founded in 1999 as the first year round film school for children under the age of 18 in the Southwest. In 2001, CYC was named one of the top ten film schools in the country by HBO Family. The combined histories of these two award-winning groups formed an indelible foundation for Motion Media Art Center.

In 2004, Motion Media Arts Center launched education programming for all ages through the Austin School of Film. Since 2005, we have hosted over 5,000 classes, workshops, screenings and events serving over 50,000 community members directly, and continuing to grow.

In early 2016, Motion Media Arts Center announced the opening of Austin Cinemaker Space, a sister program to the Austin School of Film. Austin Cinemaker Space merges media arts education and community while create a fostering more active learning environment serving as a reflection of the changing norms in educational and creative environments in arts + tech for the Austin Community. Austin Cinemaker Space is an artful creative hub providing a co-working makerspace and membership program. Later in 2016, Motion Media Arts Center announced a fruitful partnership with Studium, a fellow non-profit arts + education organization. Both non-profits will collaborate and bring together resources, education and accessbility to the community under one roof in East Austin starting in September of 2016.