The ShortFest Forum is the "classroom" educational component of the Festival where we hold panels, lectures, and intimate conversations and provide filmmakers actual face time with working industry professionals. They focus on the art and industry of filmmaking and offer filmmakers a first-hand opportunity to listen, learn, and network with a group of industry professionals specializing in their fields.

Forum Panels can be attended by all pass holder types. The One-on-One and Round Table events require Filmmaker Badges and advance reservations.

Join us for any of our many ShortFest Forums, ranging from Ask Me Anything conversations with festival programmers, directors, and curators to Pro Pitching, a lively conversation with distinguished industry executives on the do's and don'ts of presenting your project and what they look for in a winning idea.

Our signature roundtable event returns! Hear directly from prominent agents, managers, and organizations involved in artist support and granting to learn about how they find the filmmakers they work with and what opportunities exist for your project. Bring your questions - we'll rotate periodically. This event is first-come, first-served with limited seating so we recommend arriving early.

*Filmmaker event only. Advance registration required

Don't miss the chance to meet in person with a film industry professional. These 15 minute one-on-one meetings give you the opportunity to ask burning questions about areas of the industry you are interested in working in or learning more about, general advice, or ways to best position yourself and your work as you move forward. 

*Filmmaker event only. Advance registration required

See it for yourself!

Check out our 2023 ShortFest Forum playlist.

ShortFest 2024