Retreat for Filmmakers

At the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony

Woodstock, NY

Full Session: June 1 - 30th, 2012

Weekend Drop-in: June 9 & 10th, 2012


Spend a month in the Catskills mountains at one of the oldest arts colonies in the US working on your film projects.  This month long retreat is for filmmakers, videographers, screen play writers, and directors to take some time to focus on their craft in a relaxing and gorgeous environment. You will gain inspiration from similarly independent and self motivated fellow artists while living in the pristine Catskills mountains.  We will meet as a group two hours a day five days a week to share our work.  Our instructors will support your independent projects with access to the highest quality HD equipment, sound gear, and editing bays. Come be inspired by this special location and rid yourself of all distractions as you dive into your work and enjoy the creative spirit of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony.

***We only have room for 5 artists, so secure your spot as soon as possible***



Participants are welcome to stay at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, a sprawling 250 acre campus and one of the oldest running arts colonies in North America, operating since 1902.  Each building is a handcrafted, heralding the 'back to nature' arts and crafts movement in the turn of the last century.  Wild flowers, oaks, and our very own natural spring belie the fact that Byrdcliffe sits just 5 minutes from the center of Woodstock town where you'll find delicious organic restaurants, local crafts, antiques, and Woodstock's legendary music scene. This idyllic mountain retreat is just 2 hours from New York City. 

Guests are welcome to stay in the beautifully restored Byrdcliffe Farmhouse with a variety of options ranging from a single, double, or triple rooms.  Facilities are shared and our water comes from a private natural spring on our land. 

Annika Beaulieu Producer/Camera/Editor/Musician

BA Art History, University of California Santa Barbara

MA International Affairs, The New School GPIA

Annika Beaulieu is a filmmaker and activist who has been working all over the world in media production and community development. She has worked as a research associate in economic policy in Bangladesh, women’s rights in South Africa, and environmental security in New York.  Annika began her filmmaking career in Germany at Oval Filmmacher producing TV documentaries for ARTE. She assisted editing Oscar Nominated Darfur Now (2007) and worked on the Sundance Film Fund feature Good Fortune (2010). In 2007 she met Renzo Zanelli while working on the Black Boot Beach production, Son of Tango Kid (2011) in Argentina.  There they started experimenting with cooperative filmmaking models and decided to start using the techniques to explore social and environmental imperatives in film, thus forming Selva RIca.

Renzo Zanelli Producer/Director/Camera/Editor/Musician

BA Cinema Studies, University of Chicago

A native of Peru and the US, Renzo Zanelli has worked for nearly 10 years as a professional director of photography, editor, director and producer.  Renzo has produced and directed a number of award winning films including, Pamina: Hysteria and Mozart’s Magic Flute (2005) and El Perro del Hortelano (2010).  In 2006 Renzo joined the cooperative filmmaking company Black Boot Beach, and produced The Orange Thief (2006) in Sicily winning Best in Show at the Woodstock Film Festival, and The Son of Tango Kid in Argentina (2011).  In 2007 Renzo joined forces with Annika Beaulieu to found the Selva Rica Project. Renzo works to create films that share a positive message with humanity about our future and past.  A true romantic, Renzo’s work captures the deep beauty present in nature, music, and the various faces of our planet.



Program Fees

Full Session: June 1 - 30th, 2012

$1500 includes accommodation at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony with a private room and shared facilities.

$600 includes instruction, no accommodation.

Weekend Drop-in: June 9 & 10th, 2012

$350 includes 4 hours a day of instruction and screenings

Above fees cover all instruction, and access to production and editing equipment of the course of the month long retreat. No one should be discouraged form applying based on financial need.  Fellowships are available.  Please contact us at to inquire.

How to Apply

Send the following materials via email to

Work samples: A link to a video of your work or an Mp3 with recorded performances is required.  Supporting photos are also helpful.

A short statement about why you are interested in participating in the Retreat for Filmmakers.

Selva Rica offers workshop participants and artist residents access to the highest quality profession digital recording equipment available.  We want participants to learn how to be technically savvy as well as economical in designing their productions through the producing, editing, and distribution processes.  Click here to learn more about the technical support we offer.