About Film School Shorts

The future of filmmaking has arrived.

Short Films + Big Productions = Film School Shorts

Film School Shorts is a national half-hour weekly series that showcases short student films from across the country. Each week, viewers can watch well-crafted films with high production values, strong dialogue and riveting drama. Grouped together around a central theme or topic, and featuring production values that rival their indie film counterparts, KQED is proud to present award winning entertainment to a national audience. Featured are the best short films from major institutions like NYU, Columbia University, UCLA, USC and University of Texas that have wowed audiences at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride and SXSW.

Each film has been personally selected by series producer Susie Hernandez to deliver an experience that will make viewers laugh, gasp and empathize, sometimes in the same breath.

Check local listings to see if Film School Shorts is airing in your city.

KQED Public Television 9 is one of the nation’s most-watched public television stations during primetime. KQED produces and acquires programs that inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Northern California. KQED broadcasts the best available programs from PBS, APT, and other distributors, and also produces its own unique national and local programs, series, and specials. Airing more independent films than any other public broadcasting station in the country, KQED is committed to bringing the work of local and independent film producers to the community.


Are you a student filmmaker interested in submitting for the next season of Film School Shorts? For information about how to submit a film to the series, please see our Call for Entries page.

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Film School Shorts
2601 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110