July 21 - Sept 13
Crafting Your Short Film (Jul. 2020)
Registration is open until July 21, 2020
Deb Shoval
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Learn the steps for creating your short film from defining your creative vision and refining your script through assembling your cast and crew, production planning, and post-production. A Sundance award-winning filmmaker will guide this eight-week fundamentals course which is ideal for writer/directors looking to make their first short fiction film. You should come with a completed draft of a short film script (up to 15 pages) that you want to make. Sessions include presentations, interactive exercises, a guest session with a short film programmer from the Sundance Film Festival, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.  

The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, Jul 21 - Sep 13
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 10AM - 12PM PT
    • Extended first class session: Tuesday, July 21, 10AM - 1PM PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions: Sep 7 - 13
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 30 at 2pm PT

The application period for the course has ended. Watch the Sundance Co//ab newsletter for updates on future course offerings.

Deb Shoval’s films have premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals. Her feature film AWOL, “a splendid and brooding meditation on the boundless possibilities of first love constricted by the trials of poverty” starring Lola Kirke and Breeda Wool, is currently available on Hulu, iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay in the US, and in 66 countries worldwide. AWOL began as a short film (Sundance, 2011), winning awards from Kodak, Technicolor and Women in Film, and was acquired by PBS. Shoval has an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA is Sustainable Agriculture from Hampshire College. Her lifelong interest in organic farming and food justice deeply informs the thriller she is currently developing, starring Gabourey Sidibe and Lola Kirke. Shoval is an alum of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Film Independent Directing and Producing Labs, IFP Emerging Narrative Lab, Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, and the MacDowell Colony. Her projects have received support from The Jerome Foundation, Frameline Completion Fund, Women in Film Finishing Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, IFP Narrative Lab, Film Independent Fast Track, Adrienne Shelly Foundation and US Works in Progress Paris. As a founder of The Liberty Cabbage Theatre Revival, Shoval toured the US with several performances about agriculture and the environment in a bus powered by recycled vegetable oil, with grant support from The Sparkplug Foundation, The Fund for Wild Nature, and The Fund for New Technologies. Shoval has taught at universities including City College of New York, Brooklyn College, Hampshire College, and NYU. more...
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