Filmmaking Class: How To Make An Award-Winning Short Film + Downloadable Workbooks

Taught by Tash Ann

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Who Should Attend:

All levels of directors (advanced, intermediate and beginner) looking to dabble into short films.

All levels of writers (advanced, intermediate and beginner) looking to dabble into short films.

Producers looking to dabble into short films.

Actors looking to dabble into short films.

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Class hosted by: Tash Ann

Writer, Director, and Producer of over 50 short-form projects. Winner of 22 awards and screened at over 10 festivals.

Tash Ann has produced and directed nine short films before joining Icon Media in 2020, where she produced 45 pieces of short-form content varying from narrative to documentary to reality. Her web series pilot ABSTRACTION is currently making the festival rounds. To date, ABSTRACTION has won 22 awards and screened at 10 additional festivals. She directed her first short, BIZARIA in 2013. It aired at a Hollyshorts event at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood and was promptly licensed by ShortsTV, airing for 3 years on DirectTV. Full Bio »


Making a short film can launch your career as a filmmaker, producer or actor. In fact, Damien Chazelle's short film WHIPLASH was developed into his first feature and led to his first Oscar nomination.

Learn the STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS of making your short film that festivals will love, that will get you noticed and that can be used to develop a feature film.

PLUS, receive exclusive handouts including a Filmmakers Workbook, Production Handbook, and a list of recommended Film Festivals.


This intensive 4-session on-demand course will give you the tools and techniques necessary to produce a world class short film. Each week will be dedicated to a different aspect of the short filmmaking process, including, concept and scripting, prepping as a director, producing and making your movie and even post-production and the festival circuit. 

Guiding you on your way is serial-short film filmmaker Tash Ann, who is an expert in short film filmmaking, having launched her short film career with BIZARIA (licensed by ShortsTV after screening at HollyShorts and airing on DirecTV), and has directed 10 short films and produced 45 pieces of short-form content for Icon Media.

PLUS! As an added bonus - you'll get:

  • Filmmakers workbook
  • Production handbook
  • Recommended film festivals

Whether you're a filmmaker, producer, screenwriter or actor, this class is for anyone who wants to learn the step-by-step process on how to make a short film that can garner attention, win awards and level up your career.

By the end of these four sessions, you’ll know how to tell an awards-worthy story in a short film and have the action steps on how to produce it and get into festivals!

*This class is available on-demand but we highly recommend doing the assignments in between each session to get the most out of the class*

What You'll Learn

Session 1 – Creating the Best Short Film Concept & Scripting

We should always tell stories about things we are passionate about, but when it comes to creating a truly effective short film, there are a few things to consider to give yourself the best possible leg up.

  • Brainstorming Story Ideas
  • Writing for Budget

Understanding the key differences between making a feature vs. a short. Determining the “long” of your short

  • Revise, Revise, Revise
  • Formatting your script for filming

Q&A with Tash

Assignment: Workbook 1 –Script your Short Film (or revise pre-existing script)

Session 2 – Director Prep

Before you can get the logistics rolling, you need to know exactly how you want to execute your story as a director.

  • Identifying overarching theme, style, colors, and style references
  • Breaking down your script creatively:
    • Arcs for characters
    • Notes on costume and props
    • Notes on locations
    • Notes on camera styles and movements
  • Gathering references and doing research.
  • Creating your Director’s Vision Book

Q&A with Tash

Assignment: Workbook 3 – Create your Director’s Vision Book

Session 3 – The Nitty Gritty of Producing & Making your Movie

We will explore all the logistics that need to be put in place to make sure you have the proper team, tools, and preparation to make sure you get the best possible product.

  • Funding/Financing
  • Scheduling, Budgeting, and Breaking down the script for logistics
  • Casting
  • Crewing up
  • Finding locations.
  • Insurance and Gear Rentals
  • On set Etiquette
  • Expect the unexpected - The show must go on

Q&A with Tash

Assignment: Workbook 2 – Break Down Script, Budget, and Schedule.

Session 4 – Post Production and the Film Festival Circuit

Once you have a film fully shot, it's time to move into post-production and begin preparing for the festival circuit. In this session, we will discuss each aspect of post-production and preparing for the festival circuit.

  • Finding an editor and communicating your needs
  • Post Production Sound
  • Music
  • Color
  • Researching and Submitting your film to festivals

Q&A with Tash

Assignment: Workbook 4 – Create a list of target film festivals for your short film.


PLEASE NOTE: The opportunity to learn from an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity.

  • This class is designed for beginner and intermediate filmmakers who are looking to learn how to make a short film from concept through festival submission.
  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed class.
  • This class is available on-demand but we highly recommend doing the assignments in between each session to get the most out of the class.

About Your Instructor

Tash Ann has produced and directed nine short films before joining Icon Media in 2020, where she produced 45 pieces of short-form content varying from narrative to documentary to reality. Her web series pilot ABSTRACTION is currently making the festival rounds. To date, ABSTRACTION has won 22 awards and screened at 10 additional festivals.

She directed her first short, BIZARIA in 2013. It aired at a Hollyshorts event at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood and was promptly licensed by ShortsTV, airing for 3 years on DirectTV.


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