Top film schools often fail in transitioning their students from the academic world into the real business world of filmmaking. Most of the professors at even the best film schools have very little experience themselves working as professionals in the movie industry.
The Palm Springs International ShortFest film festival is working to help those students by giving them exposure and feedback to real audiences and industry professionals.
Festival Film Curator & Director of Industry Programming Kathleen McInnis said she wants to make the festival a link between film schools and the film industry. Contestants in the festival have won a total of four Academy Awards in the last four years.
The festival offers educational panels plus the opportunity for one-on-one sessions with insiders in the film industry. One of the things that film students don’t at first understand is that the industry professionals are not looking at how artistic or skilled they are as directors. Rather they are thinking “can this person make me money”?
Film schools don’t teach the realities of the business but a film festival like the Palm Springs International ShortFest is trying to bridge the gap.