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Filmmaker Workshops

worshopFriday, September 12 at E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC

DC Shorts is proud to present seminars for filmmakers of all skill levels. Space is limited and seating priority will be given to filmmakers in competition. Tickets are required. For all-day pass holders, you may move between any of the workshops on a space-available basis.

Sponsored by: Apple, Audio Network, Final Draft, FX Factory, Glidecam, Michael Weise Books, Pond 5, Showbiz Software, Sony Creative, WALAWrite Brothers.

WORKSHOPS: $10 per session + service charge; $20 for all-day access.

Emerging Filmmaker Track

9:00am – “What’s a Kickstart?”

The online crowdsourcing model has become an overnight phenomenon but how does it work? What are the benefits? What are the risks? Our panel looks to answer all of these critical questions.

11:00am – Reading the Fine Print

Good legal counseling is tough to find. You won’t want to miss our friends from the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) break down contracts, permits, and how to best protect yourself (and your films) legally.

1:00pm – I Made a Film!…Now What?

Distribution can often be a difficult and nebulous part of filmmaking but breathe easy — this event will take you through the process step-by-step.

3:00pm – What Festival Directors Really Think

Meet festival directors from events around the country for an open Q&A on how most festivals are run – and what you can do to make the most of your festival circuit.

Established Filmmaker Track

9:00am – In 90 Seconds or Less

First impressions are everything, right? Learn from our team of experts how to attract, engage, and hook an audience with your film’s trailer.

11:00am – I/O Inside & Out

People often say that decisions made in the cutting room, more than any other department, can make or break your film. Our panel of editors offer their thoughts and experiences on how to best maximize the coverage you have.

1:00pm – Sound Design 101

Award winning sound designer Kelley Baker talks through simple tactics to make your sound spectacular — even on a microbudget.

3:00pm – Staying in the Black

It may not be the most fun part of the filmmaking process, but budgeting is certainly one of the most important. Find out how to best keep your film affordable without having to compromise your vision.

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