Everything You Need To Make An Award-Winning Short Film

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Tash Ann

Webinar 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 »

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Learn everything you need to know to make a short film that festivals will love and that can kickstart your filmmaking career from an award-winning short filmmaker!

PLUS, receive exclusive handouts from your instructor to help make your short film.

Whether you have a great idea that can be told in a several minutes or you want to create a proof-of-concept for your feature film, a short film is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door of the entertainment industry.

But you don't just want to make a short, you want to make a short that grabs people's attention. That means getting accepted into festivals, filling up screenings, getting the word out, and more. And in this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, we're showing you how to make your short film - from concept through post-production - and get it the attention it deserves.

This webinar is for any filmmaker looking to jumpstart their career or add to their portfolio with a short film. You'll learn all of the practical tools for producing a short film from concept through marketing and even festival debuts.

You'll discover how to shape an idea into a short script, how to fundraise and access resources, what's required to produce a short film, and gain crucial directing techniques every filmmaker should know. Most importantly, you'll cover what it takes for a short film to get into a film festival and how to market your short so that your project gets seen.

PLUS, you will receive exclusive handouts, such as a production resource guide and sample short film documents, including a script, shot list, lookbook, budget, and the final product.

With so much to cover in a short amount of time, we brought in an award-winning short filmmaker, Tash Ann.

Tash is a writer, director, and producer who launched her short film career with BIZARIA, which screened at Hollyshorts, was quickly licensed by ShortsTV, and aired for three years on DirecTV

Tash currently has a web series pilot, ABSTRACTION, making the festival rounds, and to date, it has won 22 awards and screened at 10 additional festivals. She has also directed 10 short films and produced 45 pieces of short-form content for Icon Media.

In addition to the years of experience and knowledge Tash brings, she'll also be answering questions from you and your fellow filmmakers.

Tash knows from experience how easy it is to get lost in making a short film when you lack previous hands-on experience. She'll show you how to avoid common pitfalls like writing without a budget in mind, creating a story that's too big or long for a short, not budgeting enough time or money, and hiring the wrong people.

By the end of this on-demand webinar, you'll know what makes a good short film story, how to produce a short film, and how to get your short film into festivals and in front of audiences, all so that you can take your career to the next level. Don't miss out on your chance to learn from Tash's incredible experiences and kickstart your short film journey.


"Tash is very dynamic and extremely hard working. She is very passionate about her work and creating meaningful and powerful stories. She's an extraordinary talent with a beautiful vision for crafting and producing films and videos that truly impact her audiences." -- Aastha Lal Vice President of Operations, Icon Media

What You'll Learn

It all starts with an idea:

  • Things to consider when choosing the length of your short
  • What festivals look for in a short film
  • How to access your film’s budget
  • Writing to your budget and film elements
  • Using your assets and resources to elevate your story

Before you start shooting:

  • The importance of a professional script in prep
  • Getting outside perspective is key

Time to make a movie:

  • Finding the funding- 3 easy ways and the pros and cons of each
  • Casting- Union or Non-Union and the process
  • Crewing up
    • How to find the best crew
    • Navigating paying crew on low and no budget projects
    • The crew you need on a bare-bones project and what you can do without

Fix it in Preproduction

  • Director's Prep
    • The 4 things every director should do in prep
    • Communicating your vision to manage Production


  • Finding Locations on a budget
  • Permitting
  • Scheduling
  • Creating your production bible to stay organized and what to include
  • Renting your gear

Lights, Camera, Action!

  • Tips and tricks to setting up your shoot for success
  • Communicating with your team
  • Understanding set etiquette

Post Production

  • Working with your editor
  • Making sound, music, and color work for you


  • What festivals to target
  • Tips to submitting your short film
  • Monetizing your short film

Q&A with Tash

Exclusive Handouts:

  • Short Film Production Resource
  • Sample Short Film
  • Sample Shot List
  • Sample Lookbook
  • Sample Budget
  • Sample Final Short

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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