The 2020 Short Film Intensive: Detroit is a two-day digital workshop (July 23-24) for short film creators focused on taking their projects to the next level in terms of quality and festival distribution. You will receive advice on your project and career insights from working industry professionals and Mike Plante, senior programmer for short film at the Sundance Film Festival. 


SCHEDULE 

DAY 1: THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020 1:00 p.m. EST - 4:30 p.m. EST 

1:00 p.m. EST Opening Session

Welcome and introductions led by Mike Plante (Senior Programmer for Short Film, Sundance Film Festival). Each fellow will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and their project. 


1:45 p.m. EST Festival Panel Discussion + Q&A

Mike Plante discusses how the Sundance Film Festival works and gives tips on using the festival world. 


2:45 p.m. EST 30-minute Break


3:15 p.m. EST Advisor Panel Discussion + Q&A

Filmmakers Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”) and Musa Syeed (“Valley of Saints,” “A Stray”) discuss the art of filmmaking in the short format and how they built their careers. 


4:15 p.m. EST Advisor Presentation: From Short to Feature in Detroit

Rola Nashef (“Detroit Unleaded”) discusses taking her short to a feature and working in Detroit. 


4:45 p.m. EST Closing Group Discussion

Takeaways from Day 1 and what to expect during Day 2.


5:00 p.m. EST End of Day 1


DAY 2: FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020 1:00 p.m. EST - 5:15 p.m. EST 

1:00 p.m. EST Welcome Back


1:15 p.m. EST One-on-One Advisor Meetings Session #1

Three 30-minute sessions for fellows to meet with the advisors. 

Advisors include: Mike Plante (Senior Programmer for Short Film, Sundance Film Festival), Reinaldo Marcus Green (Filmmaker), Musa Syeed (Filmmaker), Rola Nashef (Public Light Productions), Karim Ahmad (Director, Outreach and Inclusion, Sundance Institute), and Dilcia Barrera (Feature Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival).


2:45 p.m. EST 30-minute Break


3:15 p.m. EST One-on-One Advisor Meetings Session #2

Three 30-minute sessions for fellows to meet with the advisors. 

Advisors include: Mike Plante (Senior Programmer for Short Film, Sundance Film Festival), Reinaldo Marcus Green (Filmmaker), Musa Syeed (Filmmaker), Rola Nashef (Public Light Productions), Karim Ahmad (Director, Outreach and Inclusion, Sundance Institute), and Dilcia Barrera (Feature Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival).


4:45 p.m. EST Closing Circle & Discussion

Karim Ahmad (Director, Outreach and Inclusion, Sundance Institute) talks about how Sundance Institute can help fellows to further their work. 


5:15 p.m. EST End of Day 2


THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

This program is presented by Sundance Institute and is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


The John S.and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org



Learn more about the Knight Fellows Project and other upcoming events at Sundance.org/Knight.


This program is presented in collaboration with Public Light Productions.

Public Light Productions is a Detroit-based media company dedicated to developing Michigan and Arab-American themed feature films, web-series and television pilots in collaboration with Arab-American writers, filmmakers and artists.


Community Outreach Collaborators: Cinetopia Film Festival, Detroit Narrative Agency, and Final Girls


Outreach Supporters: The Aadizookaan, Mise En Scène Michigan, and WETHEPEOPLE

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