Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry. 

Short films are an essential part of a filmmaker’s portfolio. A short can get you into a film festival to find your audience, act as your calling card to get hired as a director, serve as proof of concept for a feature film, and maybe even get nominated for awards. But the road to get there can feel overwhelming. How do you secure the funds to make your vision come true? How do you find the actors who will bring it to life? And finally, what should you do with it when it’s done?

If you’re a Director or a Producer trying to get your short made, this Master Class is for you. In this live and interactive three-hour event, Academy Award-winning film Producer, Andrew Carlberg, will give you an overview of the process from start to finish, discuss his vast experience working in the short film world, and answer questions about getting your film made and seen.

Topics covered include:

  • 00:00 - 05:00: Welcome and introduction from Sundance Collab
  • 04:55 - 08:24: Introduction and overview from Andrew
  • 08:24 - 16:25: Finding your collaborators
  • 16:25 - 29:15 Scheduling and budgeting
  • 29:15- 43:17: Fundraising
  • 43:17 - 58:35: Q&A
  • 58:35 - 1:09:15: Casting
  • 1:09:15 - 1:25:54: Production
  • 1:26:41 - 1:39:34: Q&A
  • 1:39:34 - 1:50:46: Post-production
  • 1:50:46 - 2:03:00: Film festivals
  • 2:03:00 - 2:19:07: The awards circuit
  • 2:19:07 - 2:27:11: Distribution
  • 2:27:11 - 2:42:30: Q&A
  • 2:42:30 - 2:46:49: Final Announcements

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Named by Variety (alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Coogler, Beau Willimon, and Olivia Wilde) as one of “Hollywoodʼs New Leaders,” Carlberg is an Academy Award-winning film, television, new media, Broadway and Los Angeles stage producer. Andrew’s extensive credits include, but aren’t limited to, ABC’s CASTLE, DirecTV’s FULL CIRCLE, Broadway’s ROMEO AND JULIET and SIDE SHOW, Celebration Theatre's Ovation Award winning productions of THE BOY FROM OZ, THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL and PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, the worldwide hit improv-based show THE BLIND DATE PROJECT, the Neil LaBute penned feature films SOME GIRLS(S) and DIRTY WEEKEND, actress Jennifer Morrison’s feature directorial debut SUN DOGS (Netflix 2018), and the 2018 and 2021 Official Sundance Selection THE BLAZING WORLD (short and feature). Notably, Carlberg was the producer of SKIN, which won the 2019 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. Recent credits include the romantic comedy SISTER OF THE GROOM (starring Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott, and released by Saban Films in December 2020), the feature film adaptation of his short film THE BLAZING WORLD, which premiered at 2021 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the HBOMax drama THE FALLOUT, which premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, and won the Grand Jury and Audience Award. Carlberg also executive produced the short films ANNA (which premiered in competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival) and FEELING THROUGH (alongside Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin), which was nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards. Other recent feature films include PEACE IN THE VALLEY (2022 Tribeca Film Festival premiere) and MUTT (2023 Sundance Film Festival premiere). Carlberg has sold projects to HBO, Netflix, CBS, DirecTV and more - and has an ambitious slate of film, television and theater projects in development. Andrew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Shakespeare studies at Oxford University, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America, an alum of Film Independent’s Fast Track Producing Fellowship and New York’s Independent Filmmaker Project, and an event producer for the I Have a Dream Foundation - Los Angeles and the National Breast Cancer Coalition. more...

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