What is Film School Shorts mission?
Students across the United States are making films that rival the work of their professional counterparts. Film School Shorts showcases the best of those films on a national stage, acting as a springboard for a new generation of talent. As a member-supported organization, we are committed to fostering engagement with the art of filmmaking by bringing inspiring content to the national public media system.
What role does Film School Shorts play in supporting the young filmmaking community?
Film School Shorts acquires short films that then broadcast in markets reaching 86% of the country. Our online community includes a robust YouTube Channel, streaming short films, as well as original content from our filmmaking community that reaches audiences across the United States as well as in Mexico, the Czech Republic, the UK, and France.
Most importantly, we stay in touch! Our staff remains in constant contact with filmmakers long after their short film has aired. We share their new projects, curate filmmaking resources, and collaborate on additional content for our ever-growing audience.
How long has Film School Shorts been around?
The first season aired in 2013, and we are currently airing our third season. We’ve already begun reviewing new short films for upcoming season four in 2016. It’s a never ending process, but we love it!
What do you want audiences to take away from Film School Shorts?
We want our audience to finish every episode of Film School Shorts wanting to watch more. We believe that every film we air represents the best of filmmaking today, and the quality of our short films rival feature films premiering in the commercial marketplace. When viewers tune in to Film School Shorts, they’re met with well-crafted, original stories that both ask questions and entertain.
Who is featured on Film School Shorts?
We premiere work made by students created while attending American universities. Many past FSS alumni have experienced breakout success since debuting on the program. If you’ll allow us to name drop for a moment… FSS alumna Sarah-Violet Bliss (director of Priceless Things) wrote on the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer. She also just released her first feature film, Fort Tilden.
Destin Cretton took his short film titled Short Term 12, originally on season two of FSS, and adapted it into a feature film of the same name now available streaming online.
Ana Lily Amirpour, writer of awkward teen dramedy, I Feel Stupid, has become the new Indie darling with her first feature film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and the much anticipated cannibal feature The Bad Batch.
Finally, Luke Matheny whose short film God of Love broadcast in season one, now produces Maron on IFC.
There are more success stories from more amazing filmmakers featured on FSS, but the best way to discover them is on our YouTube Channel.
Anything else you’d like to tell the audience about Film School Shorts?
You don’t have to tune into the old cathode-ray tube to watch Film School Shorts. We’re available on Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox through the PBS app, as well as online through YouTube and PBS Video. And any student filmmaker is welcome to submit to our program. There is no fee, and the process is simple. You can find the submission form online here.
Visit the Film School Shorts website here!
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