Film School Shorts

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KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

Featured are the best short films from major institutions like NYU, Columbia University, UCLA, USC and University of Texas that have wowed audiences at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride and SXSW.

  • Steadfast Stanley | Film School Shorts

    In this short film from Film School Shorts, a faithful corgi must journey through the zombie apocalypse to save his best friend.

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Behind the Scenes: Steadfast Stanley | Film School Shorts

    Go behind the scenes with animator John Cody Kim as he discusses the key themes of his corgi/zombie Film School Shorts animation, Steadfast Stanley.

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Late Spring | Film School Shorts

    During the Libyan Revolution of 2011, a petty clerk at a police station must choose sides when a tortured prisoner asks him for help in this film from Film School Shorts.

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • First Match | Film School Shorts

    In this Film School Shorts film, fourteen-year-old Mo is the only girl on an all-boy wrestling team. Despite her practice and training, her first high school wrestling match introduces a new challenge.

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Efrain | Film School Shorts

    In this Film School Shorts film, ten-year-old Efrain’s father teaches him never to steal, but the lesson comes at a price on the charged Mexican border. 

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dia de los Muertos | Film School Shorts

    In this short animated film from Film School Shorts, a little girl visits the land of the dead and experiences the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos with the help of someone very special to her.

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Bombshell | Film School Shorts

    In this short film from Film School Shorts, a ten year-old tomboy must weigh her loyalty to her trusted older brother as she becomes complicit in a hate crime to win his affection. 

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Will | Film School Shorts

    Set during the attacks of 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time in this Film School Shorts animation.

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • A Series of Kinetic Sets Tells a Story

    Through the painstaking transformation of a series of cardboard boxes, Shannon Kohlitz brings a box of cherished keepsakes to life, recalling a tale of love and heartbreak that spans decades and continents in this short film from Film School Shorts.

    KQED Film School Shorts showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Behind the Scenes: A Series of Kinetic Sets Tells a Story | Film School Shorts

    Go behind the scenes of A Series of Kintetic Sets Tells a Story.

    Grades: 6-12

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