The future of filmmaking has arrived with Film School Shorts!

The national public television series produced by KQED.

The season premieres Monday, April 15, at 11pm on KQED 9 with the Oscar winner God of Love.

KQED Public Television is proud to announce its national production Film School Shorts, a half-hour weekly series that showcases short student films from across the country. Each filmmaker has the potential to become the next star filmmaker and each short film will make you laugh, gasp and empathize, sometimes in the same breath. The featured films — quirky comedies, slice-of-life dramas and hard-hitting thrillers — have won awards (how does an Oscar sound?) and wowed audiences at some of the most acclaimed film festivals in the world: Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and South by Southwest. The series premieres Monday, April 15, at 11pm on KQED 9 and will air on public television stations around the country in the upcoming months (check local listings). Meet the filmmakers, learn more about the films and view certain shorts online at kqed.org/fss, and follow Film School Shorts on Facebook and Twitter.

Film School Shorts is part of IndieNOW. Turn to KQED 9 on Mondays starting at 10pm for the best in independent film, including POV, Independent Lens, Truly CA, and ImageMakers.

The premiere episode of Film School Shorts titled Okay, Cupid includes two brilliant short films and looks at that favorite topic of filmmakers: romance. Emily Carmichael’s The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting explores courtship by inviting us to have dinner with two couples, a hipster couple from Brooklyn and a mythical hunter and his girlfriend, who shapeshifts into a swan. Needless to say, things don’t go too well. And Luke Matheny’s Academy Award–winning God of Love introduces us to Raymond Goodfellow, a lounge-singing darts champion whose hopeless attempts at wooing bandmate Kelly Moran are solved by a mysterious, magical box of love darts. . . Or so he thinks.

And that is just the beginning! Upcoming episodes of Film School Shorts features some of the best short films from major institutions like NYU, Columbia University, UCLA, USC, American Film Institute and the University of Texas. Look for Grainger David’s acclaimed dark parable The Chair, Kate Marks’ whimsical Pearl Was Here, and Angela Torres Camarena’s timely and dangerous Northeast Front.

Production Team:
Series Producer: Lisa Landi
Associate Producer: Mike Kahn
Editor: Peter Borg
Design: Zaldy Serrano, Christina Zee White
Audio: John Andrieni
Interactive Producer: Marie K Lee
On Air Promotion: Bridget Louie
Publicity: Evren Odcikin
Legal: Abby Staeble, William Lowery
Director of TV Production: Sandy Schonning
Executive Producer: Scott Dwyer
Original Music, written and produced by Trifonic

Film School Shorts is a national KQED production and is distributed nationally by the National Educational Telecommunications Association. This series has been made possible by a grant from Maurice Kanbar, celebrating the vitality and power of the moving image, and by the members of KQED.

About KQED Public Television
KQED Public Television, one of the country’s most popular public television stations, brings the values of public media to homes around the Bay Area with Emmy Award–winning programming that inspires, informs and entertains. KQED Public Television produces local series like Check, Please! Bay Area, This Week in Northern California, Truly CA, San Francisco Opera and ImageMakers as well as popular programs for national broadcast such as Essential Pépin, QUEST and Film School Shorts. KQED Public Television also distributes programming to public media stations across the country including The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Roadtrip Nation and  Joanne Weir’s Cooking School. kqed.org/tv

About NETA
The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association that serves public television and education by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation. NETA distributes over 2,000 hours of programming each year to public television stations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. netaonline.org