LA Shorts Fest


Ready to fund, produce and lift your indie film off the ground?
Join the LA Shorts Film Festival Workshop Series 
on Tuesday, June 26th at 5pm
The Art Institute of California - Hollywood
Veteran filmmakers Matt Dean and Julia Verdin will share insightful information and advice
on the most important, yet overlooked details of independent filmmaking. 
British Producer/Director Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers/directors with 33 feature films made to date.
Matt Dean is the President/CEO of Matt Dean Films Inc.  His production company executive produces independent documentaries. In 2017 he helped complete "Children of Beqaa" about the Syrian refugee crisis, and "Leaving My Father's Faith" a documentary on Bart and Tony Campolo.
Together, they are co-authors of the book "Success in Film: A Guide to Funding, Filming and Finishing Independent Films."
$10 Fee 
$15 At The Door 
Capacity: 16 students 
All you need to bring is yourself.
Workshops have limited enrollment.
*If registration is closed, please email to be added to the wait list.

Crowdsourcing is becoming a fundamental tool for independent filmmaking in the form of financing and building a community. Many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career. This workshop will provide the crowdfunding and crowdsourcing action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.
Topics Include:
- Starting a Crowdfunding Campaign-
-Reaching a Greater Community of Investor-
-Using the Power of a Crowd to Build Your Film-
Speaker: Lisha Yakub, Crowdsourcing App Founder/Filmmaker  
Calgrove Media App is available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. More info on the app can be found here
Speaker: Gerry Maravilla, LA-based filmmaker and the Head of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark 
 Gerry has made several award-winning shorts, including Cross, which he funded on Seed&Spark. At Seed&Spark, he works with filmmakers to reach their crowdfunding and audience building goals. Find Gerry on social media for the real scoop: @gerrymaravilla
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 6:30PM - 9:00PM 
The Art Institute of California – Hollywood
5250 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 


How to Get Your Film Into Festivals
For many filmmakers, the first step on the road to recognition and distribution is a successful film festival run. Learn to navigate the challenges and nuances of the ever-changing festival circuit without emptying your wallet or limiting your chances for future opportunities. Find out which film festivals are best suited for you and your film, and once accepted, how to hold your own and take advantage of each film festival experience.
Topics include:
- Researching Festivals -
- Strategizing Your Applications - 
- Budgeting for Submission Fees -
- Preparing Your Submission -
- Being Accepted/Rejected -
- Attending Festivals -
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 6:30PM - 8:30PM 
The Art Institute of California – Hollywood

The Art Institute of California – Hollywood
The road to the Oscars, goes through LA Shorts. This roundtable talk and screening will engage attendees, as guest speakers discuss strategies on how to qualify for the Oscars. What does Academy Award® accredited film festival mean to filmmakers. Invited speakers will demystify the road to the Oscars for short films. The evening will include short film screening and discussion in a classroom setting at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood.
LA Shorts International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world. LA Shorts is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
4 of the 2018 Oscar Nominees screened at LA Shorts, 3 of the 5 live-action and 1 of the animated short nominees. 54 LA Shorts filmmakers have earned Academy Award® nominations, with 15 Oscar winners.
 Speakers: Alex Bedria, Writer/Director 'The Zim' | Svetlana CvetkoDirector "Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber"

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