The Lockdown Sessions: How NOT to Write your Festival Short Film


The Lockdown Sessions: How NOT to Write your Festival Short Film


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At a glance

  • Learn how to make a film festival short film
  • Find out new ways to improve your script
  • Study the short film form
Having your short film play in an internationally recognised film festival can be a major break for your filmmaking career. But festivals receive thousands of submissions, so how do you make sure that yours will stand out?
Both as a writer and a festival programmer at the Raindance Film Festival since 2016, Baptiste Charles will share insight into the selection process of a major film festival, and will give you tricks of the trade on how to make your short script impactful, and give your project the best shot at being selected.

What you will learn

• How to grab your viewer from the opening shot.
• How to improve the originality of your script.
• How to tackle the specific restrictions of short films.

What They’re Saying

“A very insightful and interesting session” B. Vonau
“It was definitely insightful and gave me loads of ideas on how to approach short writing.” B. Valery
“It was incredibly thought-provoking and useful for me as a writer/director.” J. Smith

About the Tutor

Baptiste Charles is a writer and filmmaker from France. After graduating from business school with a Master’s Degree in Management of the Creative Industries, he became Programme Registrar of the MA in Filmmaking at Raindance. He has been a programmer for the Raindance Film Festival, in the Queer Strand, since 2016, programming both feature and short films. He produced the hit web series ’Netflix & Kill’ in 2018 and the award-winning short film ‘Alder’ in 2019. In 2020, his first short film as a writer ‘U Up?’ was produced and shown on the festival circuit.

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