LA Shorts Fest


We are strongly committed to creating an environment that allows filmmakers to be innovative and take risks with their creativity. With the widespread availability of digital equipment and editing software, filmmaking is more accessible now than it has ever been. And now though our courses, learning is affordable.
Our series of filmmaking courses aim to teach you everything you need to create quality films. Experienced professionals: producers, directors and writers will provide interactive lectures on all aspects of the filmmaking process.

Parlaying Your Short into a Feature
You’ve finished your short – are you ready to make a feature? In this four-week course, you will develop your personalized game plan to take the next step. You’ll learn how to use the festival circuit as a launch pad, put together a strong feature film package, and network your way to success. 
Participants can sign up for individual classes or the series of four. Participants are encouraged to bring their short films for group viewing.  
Course fee includes an 2016 all-access festival pass.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mastering the Festival Circuit –  You will clearly establish your goals, analyze what you want to achieve from the festival circuit, and leave with a list of festivals to target. 
Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Assembling Your Feature Film Package – You will identify and evaluate the essential elements needed for a viable feature film project. 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Creating Your Game Plan – You will create a 10-step game plan capitalizing on your achievements as a short filmmaker.    
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Finalizing Your Action Plan – You will solidify the next steps needed to achieve your goals and leave with a personalized timeline/roadmap that will guide you toward the future you’ve envisioned. 
Instructor Kim Adelman is the author of Making it Big in Shorts: The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide to Short Films. She has conducted filmmaking workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. The 19 short films she produced won 30+ awards and played over 150 film festivals worldwide.
4 sessions total
Only $298 until Sept 18
$398 after Sept 18
Sign up now while space is still available. For more information, please email

The Glory Days of Hanna-Barbera Studio and Beyond

The Glory Days of Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Studio and Beyond
Discover how Bill Hanna and Joe Barbara brought animated cartoons to big time television, told by Tony Benedict, staff writer and storyboard artist on the original Flintstones and Jetsons.
Tony will discuss his own animation biz career as it intersected Hana-Barbera, Disney and Warner Bros.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tony Benedict 
Known for his work on The Pink Panther Show (1969), The Jetsons (1962) and The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958).
1956-Walt Disney Productions
Assistant animator- Sleeping Beauty-101 Dalmations  Disney Wonderful World of Color TV
1960-Hanna-Barbera Studios
Staff writer/storyboard artist-Huckleberry Hound-Yogi Bear The Flintstones-Jetsons-Top Cat-Space Cadets-Touche Turtle-Yakky Doodle-Atom Ant- Secret Squirrel-Hokey Wolf-Ricochet Rabbit-Wally Gator
1968- Tony Benedict Productions
Producer/writer THE EARLY BIRDS theatrical cartoon starring Jonathan
Winters- Producer/writer/director-Theatrical feature SANTA AND THE THREE BEARS Producer/writer/director-GUITAR PICKS AND ROACH CLIPS-theatrical feature film Producer/writer/director SESAME STREET episodes
1970-De Patie-Freleng Productions
Producer-writer-director-Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/ Sylvester TV Holiday Specials PINK PANTHER theatrical short films
1997- Warner TV-Free lance storyboards
Tinytoons, Madeline, Bill and Ted Excellent Adventures, TV Series
Producer-Writer-Director-PENCIL ME IN

Willie Ito 
Career as an animator/cartoonist spans nearly 60 years. In 1954, He started at Walt Disney Productions on the feature Lady and the Tramp. He worked on the iconic spaghetti kissing scene as my indoctrination into the business - Later, He worked at Warner Bros. Cartoon’s infamous Termite Terrace. I worked with Chuck Jones on such classics as “One Froggy Evening” and “What’s Opera Doc?” He joined Hanna-Barbera Productions during the development of The Jetsons and remained for the next 14 years. Flintstones and The Yogi Bear Show were part of his credits.

Jerry Eisenberg
Television producer, animator, storyboard artist, and character designer, primarily known for his work at Hanna-Barbera Productions and Ruby-Spears Productions.
In 1961, Eisenberg was hired at Hanna-Barbera Productions, run by former MGM cartoon producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Here, Eisenberg co-created The Peter Potamus Show, designed the characters on Wacky Races, and worked in layout on programs such as The Jetsons, The Huckleberry Hound Show, Jonny Quest, and Wacky Races. In 1977, Hanna-Barbera alumnae Joe Ruby and Ken Spears started their own studio, Ruby-Spears Productions, and hired Eisenberg, there he created the character designer Fang face for the show The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.
Eisenberg later worked as a writer, storyboard artist, and/or designer and layout artist for a number of productions at various studios, including Muppet Babies at Marvel Productions and Dilbert (Idbox/Columbia Tri-Star Television). He has also worked on a number of productions for Hanna-Barbera and its successor, Warner Bros. Animation, including Johnny Bravo, Tom and Jerry Kids, and a number of Scooby-Doo direct-to-video films.
1 session total
Only $65 until Oct. 29 
$85 after Oct 29
Sign up now while space is still available. For more information, please email
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