Kids with Cameras and Stories to Tell

Our mission is to empower children with serious illnesses to express themselves through the power of filmmaking.

Children with serious medical conditions face overwhelming challenges—scary and painful medical treatments, isolation from friends and family, and the emotional toll of uncertain futures. Filmmaking gives children a way to leave behind the medical world and just be kids again. Instead of children with illnesses, they become kids with cameras and stories to tell. They become directors, writers, animators, and actors. Instead of patients with little control over their situation, they become confident filmmakers who can create anything their imaginations dream up.

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“When kids make movies with BayKids, they step outside of their illness. It changes their whole mood and attitude.”

– Dr. Marsha Lee, M.D.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

BayKids Impact

Through our programs, sick children rediscover their active, creative selves. They learn new skills. They have fun and connect with others. And as they discover new ways of expressing themselves, they deepen their sense of who they are. Their self esteem goes up. And most importantly, they gain a sense of purpose and hope, which helps them cope with their illnesses and believe in the possibilities of the future.

Since 2000, BayKids has been turning young patients into proud filmmakers. We have helped over 6,500 children experience the joy of creative expression through filmmaking.

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Help More Kids Make Movies

With your generosity, we can bring the power of filmmaking
to more children.


“The BayKids program has enabled my son to feel self-confident, creative, intelligent, and very, very capable once more.”

– Khadijah Farahbahksh, mother of BayKids filmmaker