The Short Film Lab is a training program dedicated to short film distribution. Online and free, aimed at Spanish speakers independent producers.
The Short Film Lab combines a free training program, open to the public; and a series of tailormade mentorships for selected projects through an open call.
In order to spot the diverse paths for each type of short film, the open activities are lead by Spanish-speaking professionals and address issues related to planning festival strategies, niche circuits and regional calendars.
On the other hand, projects representatives selected from a call, receive tailor-made mentorships, in order to advise on the definition of their objectives and the strategies to follow to achieve them.
In a virtual format, suitable for cultural activity decentralization and for the democratization of training programs, it is a meeting and teamwork platform.
The Short Film Lab aims to boost the professional growth of its participants. May their mentorships enrich people as well as short films, and guide them towards a distribution circuit designed according to each of them.
It is proposed to promote the visibility of the large number of short films produced in Argentina and in the rest of the Spanish-speaking countries. In this way, make known new and diverse voices, carriers of their identity and those of their communities, to the whole world.
We believe in short films as a production format, as an autonomous piece with its own purposes.
We believe in its artistic, technical and narrative value and quality.
This is why we created
The Short Film Lab.
Between December 2021 and January 2022, we will receive short films in post-production (or finished without premiere), Spanish spoken and with a maximum duration of 20 minutes.
The official selection consists of a single non-competitive category.
All selected projects participate in the laboratory and receive tailormade mentorships focused on their short film distribution.
More information, coming soon!
Lara Gonzalez Lobo
The Short Film Lab Directors
Maca Herrera Bravo
The Short Film Lab is a non-profit program that will promote young independent production professionals, helping them to enter the market, an essential issue from the cultural economies point of view.
This space will provide tools to obtain the best results from each distribution plan (whether to close a good deal with a potential distributor or sales agent or to absorb that work internally, as often happens in the independent circuit).
It will connect people and institutions with the common goal of amplifying new, diverse, de-stereotyped and honest discourses.
We invite institutions and entities to collaborate with economic contributions and partnerships of all kinds.
Ideas, proposals and the gathering of multiple small forces to achieve great boosting are welcome.
FACIUNI Becas is a scholarship program created in 2013 that was established to create opportunities for film students on a local and international level investing and developing the next generation of storytellers. Each year, FACIUNI Becas invites the students to submit their short and to compete for the grand prize of a scholarship for the Warner Brothers Summer Program at USC School of Cinematic Arts.
FACIUNI has a presence in 11 countries through the short films contest among film students and local universities, as well film festivals, face-to-face talks and via streaming by renowned film directors.
FACIUNI is a program developed by DIRECTV Latin America, SKY Brazil, AT&T and Warner Media with the support of strategic partners such as CAA (Creative Arts Agency), TVCORTOS, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Sundance Co//ab, a learning platform for independent creators worldwide, part of the Sundance Institute. FACIUNI creates a cultural legacy, supporting local heritage to maintain the culture through stories told by film students of each country.
The Institut français d'Argentine aims at promoting French culture in Argentina in a process of openness and constant dialogue with local partners. It works in close collaboration with all the services of the French Embassy, under the authority of the French Ambassador in Argentina.
It is an instrument of cooperation and influence as well as a pole of expertise and collaboration. Its Director is also a Counselor for cooperation and cultural action at the French Embassy.
Regional audiovisual cooperation, based in Buenos Aires, has a triple mission of dissemination, cooperation, and building associations, in four major fields of action: cinema, music, digital cultures, and media.
El Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE) es un organismo público descentralizado creado en 1983 para impulsar el desarrollo de las actividades cinematográficas y audiovisuales mexicanas a través del apoyo a la formación, producción, el estímulo a los creadores, el fomento a la industria y la promoción, distribución, exhibición, difusión y divulgación del cine y el audiovisual en todo el territorio nacional y en sus diversas lenguas.
Destacan en sus objetivos el promover, coordinar y fomentar la producción, distribución y exhibición del cine y audiovisual mexicanos, a través de los Estudios Churubusco Azteca, el Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, la Cineteca Nacional y de las demás instituciones y entidades que sean necesarias para el cumplimiento de su programa de trabajo tanto a nivel nacional como internacional.
Entre sus actividades también está ayudar a desarrollar y promover políticas públicas que impulsen que los mexicanos puedan tener opciones para capacitarse y profesionalizarse en torno a los oficios del cine, que el cine y el audiovisual mexicano se produzcan con calidad y en su diversidad de formatos y contenidos en todo el territorio nacional y que la población en general pueda tener fácil acceso a estas producciones fortaleciendo así los derechos culturales de todos los mexicanos y garantizando y generando conocimiento, diálogo y reconstrucción del tejido social.
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The teaching is oriented to the knowledge of creation, production, marketing and distribution in cinema, television and new media.
Within the prestigious framework of the public university, the training provided, allows graduates to be creators of the new audiovisual content that society requires, with artistic and creative freedom and high professional capacity.
Union is by force.
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Talking Shorts is an online film magazine dedicated to short films.
Our goal is to make shorts more visible and to create a wider discourse about the artform, closely connected to the international film festival landscape.
This project is a co-initiative founded in 2020 by Filmfest Dresden, NISI MASA & VIS Vienna Shorts, and also houses the industry-initiative BE SHORT NOW!
We are Maca Herrera Bravo (1989) and Facundo Lema (1990), image and sound designers, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires.
Our short film “Monster God” directed by Agustina San Martín, has been awarded the special mention of the jury in the Official Competition at the 72º Festival de Cannes and declared of interest by the Senate of the Argentine Nation.
Since its premiere in 2019, it has participated in more than 40 festivals around the world, including four class A festivals according to the FIAPF.
Facundo has developed his professional career at film festivals such as Dubai International Film Festival, Mar del Plata International Film Festival and BAFICI.
In 2018 he was selected to be part of the Locarno Industry Academy for young professionals (Morelia, Mexico).
Since 2019 he has been part of IFFR PRO, the industry section of Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Coordinator of the BAL -Buenos Aires Lab, BAFICI's project development and co-production platform.
In 2020 he joined the pre-selection committee of CineMart and also the Hubert Bals Fund.
He is a partner at Imprudencia ("Monster God", 2019), and co-founder of The Short Film Lab.
Maca Herrera Bravo
Maca is dedicated to production, communication and curation of film, music and performing arts festivals.
Among others, she worked at Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Cosquín International Independent Film Festival, at the European Film Encounter, and at BAFICI, where she was also Coordinator of the BAL-Buenos Aires Lab.
She is co-founder of Imprudencia, production and distribution house of short films (Monstruo Dios, 2019) and was Assistant Director of “Héctor”, premiered at the 69th Berlinale Shorts.
She has been Communication Director of the Ministry of Culture of the Province of Buenos Aires and in 2020 she joined the programming team of Cine en Grande, the National Film Festival in Tierra del Fuego. She is co-founder of The Short Film Lab.