AAHSFF University All Access


AAHSFF University All Access


Get unlimited access to all of our AAHSFF University Courses and save some money while you do it!

Check your email after purchase! You will receive a link that will expire within 24 hours. This link will take you to a PDF download that will provide you with your log in information!

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What It Is:

The AAHSFF University provides a wide variety of courses designed to improve your skills as a filmmaker or educator. Our courses cover everything from tips for beginners to advanced concepts and techniques. Each course features the best student films in the world from our vast library, and includes expert analysis, film deconstruction and the tools you need to take your passion for filmmaking to the highest level. The AAHSFF team has screened and judged thousands of student films from all over the world. We know what it takes to create a compelling student film that will capture your unique story and captivate your audience, ultimately helping you compete at the highest level while pursuing your passion for all things film.

How It Works:

After you purchase your course from our online class registration you will receive a link that will be sent to the email address that you provided upon purchasing. CHECK YOUR EMAIL! Your link will expire after 24 hours! The link will take you to a download where you will download a PDF document for you to view. This PDF document will provide you with a link and password that you will use to access the course(s) that you purchased.

Feel free to "attend" the class at any time that is convenient for you, revisiting the course content as often as you like. Throughout the video, we will dive deep into each featured topic including: video tutorials, shot and script analysis, commentary from the filmmakers, and techniques for you to immediately implement the skills covered in your next project.

After taking the course, we welcome your comments and questions. Simply email them to Tom@aahsff.com and we'll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. In addition, we'll be hosting optional group round table discussions twice a month to further explore the concepts covered, so keep an eye on your email for the next scheduled discussion.

"Make 'Em Laugh: The Secrets of Successful Comedies"

Available Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Hosted by AAHSFF Co-founder Tom Oliva

Comedy is one of the most challenging genres for emerging filmmakers to master. Your audience has an immediate expectation... That you will make them laugh and keep them laughing. This course will cover the rules of being funny, exploring a variety of tips and tricks from scriptwriting through the final edit and showcasing some of the best comedies we've ever received.

"Show Don't Tell: The Golden Rule of Engaging Your Audience"

Available Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Hosted by AAHSFF Co-founder Tom Oliva

Whether making a documentary, narrative or even experimental film, it’s essential to remember the golden rule of engaging your audience… Show Don’t Tell. Film is a visual medium. What your audience sees on the screen will have a greater impact than anything that is said. We've seen way too many films fail because they don't follow this simple, but often overlooked, concept. This course will illuminate the techniques you need to give your audience a true visual experience while communicating your story.

"Exploring Experimental: Flipping the Script on Traditional Filmmaking"

Available Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Hosted by AAHSFF Co-founder Tom Oliva

There are no rules when it comes to creating an experimental film. BUT, that isn't stopping us from sharing some essential insights about how you can create something that is truly different but still digestible for your viewers. Join us for a wild adventure examining the best student experimental films and what makes them work.

"Hitting a Home Run with the Judges: How to Become an Official Selection"

Available Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Hosted by AAHSFF Co-founder Tom Oliva

With over 2,000 films submitted last year, it's getting harder and harder to make the cut and have your film screened in New York City. This course will dive deep into some of our award-winning films and how they won they hearts and minds of our judges.

"Character and Conflict" 4-Part Course

Available Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
Hosted by AAHSFF Co-founder Tom Oliva

This 4-part course will provide an in-depth, resource-fueled foundation for the stories you want to tell. Stories dominate our daily lives. We crave stories because our deepest social need is to identify with others, and stories allow us to do this via the characters that inhabit them. But characters alone will not captivate an audience, you must have conflicts that force characters to act in ways that reveal who they are. In this course we will analyze the essential relationship between characters and conflicts. Participants will actively explore a variety of tools for constructing realistic, dynamic characters and the conflicts they face through analysis of the foundations of story ideation and scriptwriting all presented with support from exemplary student films.

"What's Up Doc?" 4-Part Course

Available Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Hosted by AAHSFF Co-founder Tom Oliva

The popularity of Documentary filmmaking has absolutely skyrocketed in recent years. And it makes sense: Good Docs have the power to expose injustices, share underrepresented stories, change minds and even change the world. This comprehensive, 4-part course will provide you with all the tools you need to create a compelling Documentary that your audience won't be able to stop talking about. Topics covered to include all aspects of documentary production: Limiting your topic, maintaining an objective focus, preparation and research, style and cinematography, conducting interviews, the power of purposeful b-roll, voiceover and narration, and the essentials of post-production.