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Video Courses with Online Support for Student Filmmakers and Video Production Teachers

If you are looking to improve your filmmaking skills or boost your film program curriculum, we've got you covered. Get a head start on Film School and
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2018/2019 Courses begin November 7th
Now offering courses as low as $25!

What It Is:

AAHSFF University provides a wide variety of courses designed to improve your skills as a filmmaker. 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.

How It Works:

On the date(s) of your course, we'll send you a video link that includes a seamless presentation of resources. This way, you can "attend" class at a 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.

Why You Need This:

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. Simply put: These courses are designed specifically for YOU!

2018/2019 Courses:

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

Wednesday, November 7th, 7pm-9pm EST

Price: $25
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"

Wednesday, November 21st, 7pm-9pm EST

Price: $25
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"

Wednesday, December 5th, 7pm-9m EST

Price: $25
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"

Wednesday, December 12th, 7pm-9m EST

Price: $25
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"

Wednesday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 7pm-9m EST

Price: $125
Hosted by AAHSFF Co-founder Tom Oliva

This 4-week 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?"

Wednesday, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 7pm-9m EST

Price: $125
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-week 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.


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