Film School Roundup — July Week One, 2019

The News, Releases and Recommendations From Film Schools & Short Filmmaking Around The World (6/29/19–7/5/18)

Jul 5 · 4 min read

Centerpiece News

~Midsommar, the new arthouse horror feature from Ari Aster, director of last year’s smash hit Hereditary comes out this weekend. For some, it may seem like he just jumped onto the film scene out of nowhere. However, as Bloody Disgusting reveals, this is far from the case. Aster started at AFI Conservatory before going on to make six short films. While the subject matter changes wildly between each one, the signature style he brought to his features can be found first in his shorts. Watch them here.~

Festival Circuit

~Short filmmakers looking for a new competition? If you’re from Ireland, look no further than Virgin Media, who is starting a new short film competition. Called Virgin Media Discovers, this competition will grant 35,000 Euros to the winner and an entire crew to help make the short come to life. Several major figures in the European film world will be judges. Script submissions due by July 26.~

Did You See That?

In The Still Night

Director Jean-Baptiste Braud and comedian/star Eric Wareheim collaborate for a 15 minute visual feast (and a film with uncomfortably hilarious moments). Taking place in Tokyo, Wareheim plays an art curator who goes a journey equal parts existential and surreal. This short will be coming soon to the Canal+ network.

BOOKSTORES: How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content

This playful documentary almost plays out more like an extended YouTube diary, though with many incredible locations from bookstores around the world. If you’re a book lover of any kind, you will appreciate this love letter to the medium — and the practical insight into how to actually read more in 2019 and beyond.


Who said the VR short film is dead? Not filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who have perhaps made one of the most tactile and surreal VR experiences ever. Using creepy minatures and an abandoned-looking gym set, this film may look to re-define the potential for the collaboration between emerging technologies and the long-held principles of art.


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