with Linda Olszewski

How to make a successful film or animation? Which are the smart and unknown modern possibilities for financing a film? Festival strategies. The digital revolution in distribution.

How to make a film which will leave a trace? These are only part of the subjects on which we will shed light directly from the source: Linda Olszewski comes from the Mecca of the film industry on the West Coast to share her knowledge and to inspire a new look at the world of short films!

POWER OF FILM! will be a 2-day master class with theory, screenings and practice, which will be held at the Cinema hall of The National Academy for Theater and Film Arts on November 6 and 7!

After you fill in the form, upload a film and pay the fee, you will receive a confirmation for you registration and the full program of the event..

The conditions in three easy steps:

  1. Fill in the on-line form
  2. Upload a film, on which you have worked, here!!
    Those who have not shot their first film yet but wish to learn about the secrets of the film industry should send a motivation letter or an idea about a film.
  3. The participation fee is 80 leva and it covers :
    - accreditation for a 2-day workshop
    - accreditation for all screenings of So Independent Film Fest at cinema Lumiere
    - special screenings for the participants
    - party for the participants.

    The fee could be paid in cash:
    New Moment, Sofia, str. Kaliakra 5, ask for Ivo Botusharov, from 10:00 to 18:00

The places are limited. The registration will be till the places are filled!

Linda Olszewski is a co-director of Shorts International – the biggest company in the world for distribution and production of short films, a producer of SHREK , THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, REALITY BITES et al., selector for the Academy Awards in the category of short film.

Three of the participants in the master class and their films will be chosen by Linda as practical examples and will receive the chance to have by the end of the workshop a strategy for participation in festivals and distribution.
Apart from being a lecturer at the master class Linda Olszewski will watch all films of participants and candidates as a selector for the Academy Awards, The Sundance Film Festival, Shorts Int., ITunes and others!

All who wish to participate are invited to apply!

For contacts and additional information:

Shorts International
Linda Olszewski.

Shorts International Ltd. is the most successful company for short films with the biggest and richest catalogue. More than half of the films in the catalogue are nominated for an Academy Award or have received awards at international festivals such as those in Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance.
Shorts International runs ShortsHD™, the first American high definition TV channel for short films, part of Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse, as well as ShortsTV™ Great Britain, part of BSkyB, ShortsTV™ France, part of Numericable, and ShortsTV™ Turkey through TTNET. Shorts International delivers short films to iTunes Stores in USA, Great Britain, France, Ireland, Germany and Canada. The company’s executive manager is Carter Pilcher, its headquarters are in London, England, and it has offices also in Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

Linda Olszewski joined Shorts International in January 2006 and her task is to acquire  feature films and animations nominated for an Academy Award and to organize their distribution for iTunes, also for cinema and DVD in collaboration with Magnolia Pictures, and their international television  distribution in collaboration with world television partners.

Linda heads the department for world acquisitions, chooses and coordinates short films for iTunes and selects films for SHORTS TV, other televisions, and new media and clients like airlines.

Linda has contributed to Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film by Sharon Badal (published by Focal Press), as well as to The Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook by Chris Jones. She devotes a big part of her time to visiting international festivals where she looks for treasures in every genre and participates in juries and discussions. Linda has a master’s degree in cinema. She is one of the creators and director of the film festival for short films DreamWorks Short Film Festival, member of the team of Hanna-Barbera for the development of WHAT A CARTOON!, world acquisitions manager at EVEO, short films manager at THE HATCHERY, senior programmer of the festival of short films Palm Springs Short Film Festival and participates in the selection of international titles for the Sundance Film Festival. Linda has worked as an assistant editor and associate producer on films like Shrek, The Road to El Dorado, The Prince of Egypt, Reality Bites and The Life of David Gale. She has worked as a photographer and cinematographer of documentaries shot in Afghanistan and Mexico and is the author of the screenplay UNTIL THE DAY’S END, inspired by her experiences in Afghanistan. Currently she works on a book which will present her photographs and knowledge about the international festival network and the world of short films as a whole.

For more information visit www.shortsinternational.com and www.shortstv.com