Last summer the Sundance Institute brought the first-ever ShortsLab to Los Angeles, where, for a single day, short filmmakers participated in an immersive workshop experience with some of cinema’s leading producers and directors. The goal of ShortsLab is “to empower the next wave of emerging artists by giving them first-hand insight into the basics of developing their idea, making their film and getting it seen by audiences.” Because that’s the hardest part, right? You may have made the most amazing short film the world has ever known but how do you get anyone to see it? Answering that burning question, as well as all the other unknowns fledgling directors may have are what ShortsLab is all about.
The day – filled with jam-packed panels, discussions and screenings – was so successful that this summer ShortsLab is being extended to three cities: Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. The Chicago ShortsLab has already passed, but there’s still time to get tickets to New York and Los Angeles’ – but hurry, because if last year’s attendance was any indication this is going to sell out fast. The New York ShortsLab goes on this Saturday, July 9th, and features Debra Granik Director of Winter’s Bone, 2010 Sundance Film Festival), Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Directors of Half Nelson, 2006 Sundance Film Festival), Matt Dentler (Head of Content for Cinetic Rights Management), Yancey Strickler (Co-founder of Kickstarter), festival programmers, and more.