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Who we are

Cinematic Arts and Production Club is diverse, collaborative, creative hub that serves as a launchpad for future film professionals. We welcome any current student of the University of California, Berkeley to submit an application. Our members are passionate about the cinematic arts and value a fast-paced, production-oriented work environment. No film experience is required, but it is recommended. We believe that everyone has a unique perspective and can contribute to our mission.

How to join

We are pleased to offer two distinct membership tracks this semester. Choose the track that resonates with your passion and skills.

General membership

CAP Club's general membership offers an immersive and comprehensive film production process, designed to fast-track your learning and produce the best films possible. Our recruitment for this track is structured into three distinct phases: written application, interview, and a development period. Throughout the first three weeks of the semester, you'll be a part of a variety of exciting activities, including mixer events, information sessions, and coffee chats. We're eager to learn about your love for film and commitment to the filmmaking process!

Application due September 2, 2023

Your journey begins with a written application. The application window typically opens two weeks before the semester  starts and extends until two weeks into the term. Fall 2023 applications have now closed. We will be recruiting again for the Spring 2024 semester. To fully engage with our community during this time, we strongly encourage you to participate in our various events and meet us during tabling.

Info Session + Recruiting

During the written application period, we host an in-person info session and an alternate online info session. Here, you'll understand our club culture and discover the diverse opportunities that await. There will also be a networking session, so you can get a chance to hear directly from our members about their experiences, the projects they've worked on, and how the club has shaped their filmmaking journey. We also table every day and participate in Calapalooza, the bi-annual student involvement fair.

Interviews​ until September 10, 2023

Selected candidates will be asked to interview with a current board member. Details for the in-person interviews will be provided to selected candidates after the written application deadline. This semester, application decisions will be released on September 10, 2023.


Development Period

Upon completion of the interview, selected candidates will be invited to complete a film development period. This fast-paced, four-week program aims to offer an insight into our regular filmmaking cycle. You'll produce a short film that is screened to the Berkeley community, understand how our club functions, and get to know the rest of the team. Successful candidates will be invited to join our organization as general filmmakers.

Special Projects Group

Do you want to push the limits of student filmmaking organizations in the United States? The Special Projects Group (SPG) focuses on specialized tasks within the club in a start-up like culture. Members in this group work on external relationships, education, building technology, and client documentary work. Roles within this group are particularly suited for business-oriented individuals, tech enthusiasts, education specialists, and media creators with advanced skills looking to expand their horizons.


Past Partners

Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at Berkeley

Allied Global Marketing

Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

Disaster Lab at Berkeley

Alexis Harte, Jim Cummings, Richard Harmon

Application due September 2, 2023

The application involves short answer questions to help us understand your background, interests, skills, and your motivation to join SPG. Our applications have closed this semester, and we will be recruiting again in Spring 2024.


Can I apply to CAP Club if I am not a Film major? 

Yes! Our members come from all walks of life. We pride ourselves on being inclusive of all, regardless of academics or personal identity. We welcome all students at UC Berkeley to apply, as long as you have a love for film, basic experience in film processes, and a desire to be a part of the production aspect of filmmaking.

How competitive is CAP Club? 

The level of competition for membership varies each semester, reflecting the growing interest in film at UC Berkeley. However, we strive to provide opportunities for students with a love for film to exercise their passion.

Can I join CAP Club as a transfer or exchange student? 

Yes! We welcome all transfer and exchange students to apply to CAP Club, no matter how long your time will be on campus. As long as you are enrolled at Berkeley, you are welcome to fill out an application!


If I am not selected, can I apply again next semester? 

Yes! We encourage unsuccessful applicants to reapply in subsequent semesters. Our organizational demands and competitive nature influence the number of applicants we are able to accept each semester. There is no limit on how many times you can apply to CAP Club!


How much time should I spend on CAP Club? 

Depending on what stage of film production we are in, the demands of CAP Club fluctuate weekly. In addition, since much of the work is self-dictated, the quality of your film often depends on how much time you can set aside for club work. During the most intense stages of production, you might expect to spend up to 10-15+ hours/week perfecting your work!

How long does Development Period last? 

The duration of the Development Period fluctuates depending on the academic calendar for a given semester. Our goal is four weeks, but this may be subject to change depending on the academic calendar each semester. The Development Period is mandatory for all incoming members.

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