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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:00 am – Feb 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

For Shorts’ Sake

An intensive dedicated to and about short form storytelling with Farihah Zaman

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This weekend intensive will explore the multi-faceted nature of shorts. Participants will look at the variety of shorts, the way these films are made, produced and distributed today, and the role they play in filmmakers’ creative careers. Traditionally, shorts are considered a stepping stone to making a feature film, but they also have their own set of exciting possibilities. Often more affordable, short films can take more risks, be more experimental, and cover stories that can’t be told otherwise, sometimes reaching large audiences online. The course will also cover the development of multi-format, episodic documentaries and the growth of on-demand viewing, online platforms, and new intersections between journalism and film production.

Led by Farihah Zaman (Field of Vision), this seminar brings together several guest speakers, thinkers and practitioners from different backgrounds—filmmakers, producers and film programmers. Participants will learn from these top leaders of the film and media industries and receive direct feedback to their questions and personal projects.

This theoretical and practical weekend intensive is designed for a small group of professionals (15 people maximum) and will expose participants to a broad range of analysis and creative approaches to contemporary practice of short filmmaking.

Over the course of the weekend, we will cover the creative processes of filmmaking and producing shorts, aesthetics and storytelling techniques, the specific modes of funding and circulation for shorts, the development of multimedia, multi format and episodic documentaries and more.

Participants will also hear more about on-demand viewing, online platforms and the new intersections between journalism and film production. This workshop is two and half days; please only enroll if you can commit to the entire schedule.


Open to everyone, though the workshop setting is best suited for filmmakers, film producers, journalists, curators and media artists.

Give us an idea of who you are and why you are coming. After you register we will contact you for a short statement of interest that should briefly describe your experience and a film project (it would be great if you have a project in progress that you would present to the group during the work-in-progress critique sessions), plus a bio.

$350 early bird registration by January 16th, 2018 at 5PM.

$400 regular registration.

The deposit is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until January 16th. After January 16th, the fee is non-refundable.

In order to keep costs down, this workshop is a BYOL, i.e. bring your own laptop. Students must be fully proficient using and operating their computers.

To register for a workshop, students must pay in full via card, check, or cash . After the early bird registration deadline of January 16th, course fees are not refundable or transferable and any withdrawals or deadlines will result in the full cost of the class being forfeit. There will be no exceptions. To withdraw from a course please email info-at-uniondocs.org. In the event that a workshop does not receive sufficient enrollment, it may be canceled. Students will be notified at least 48 hours prior to the start of a cancelled workshop and will be refunded within 5 business days. If we reschedule a workshop to another date, students are also entitled to a full refund. UnionDocs reserves the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change class location and meeting times by up to an hour with 48 hours prior notice.

Please note: Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Friday, Feb 16, – 2:30 - 5:30p

The aesthetics of shorts, online distribution (free and VOD) and the power of short form storytelling. (Instructors TBA)

This afternoon program will be followed by a public screening in the evening (free for the participants of the workshop)

Saturday, Feb 17 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Making your first film and the presentation/circulation of shortforms (Instructors TBA)

PM: Directing and producing short films (Instructors TBA)

Sunday, Feb 18 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Editing and producing short documentaries (Instructors TBA)

PM: Producing shorts and the intersection of news, art and film (Instructors TBA)

PM: Funding and audience engagement (Instructors TBA)

Each day follows this general structure, with some minor variations and substitutions:


Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.


Presentation by guest speaker + individual work-in-progress critique




Share / Discussion / Exercise


Lunch (on your own)


Presentation by guest speaker + individual work-in-progress critique




Workshop Exercise + Critique


Wrap Up


Farihah Zaman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, critic, and programmer who is currently the Production Manager for Field of Vision. She began working in the industry as the Acquisitions Manager for indie film distribution company Magnolia Pictures in 2006. Her first feature film is the award-winning documentary Remote Area Medical, followed by the short Kombit (2014 Sundance Film Festival) and second feature This Time Next Year (2014 Tribeca Film Festival). She currently writes for Reverse Shot, Huffington Post, Film Comment, and The A.V. Club, among others.

More instructors TBA.


Feb 16, 2018 at 8:00 am
Feb 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States
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