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| February 3, 2016

AFI / 2013 / 22 minutes / English / Color

Desperate to get funding for his groundbreaking new dating app, shy software developer Paul agrees to use the app to seduce a beautiful stranger, but his calculations backfire when he starts to feel a genuine connection. A short film by Alex Berman.


| January 20, 2016

University of Texas / 2012 / 9 minutes / English / Color

Two kids try to kill time while the adults have an affair. A short film by Annie Silverstein.
Fluffy the Flying Fish

Fluffy the Flying Fish

| January 6, 2016

School of Visual Arts / 2013 / 2 minutes / English / Color

When they move from Los Angeles to Denver, a family has to decide how to transport their pet goldfish, Fluffy. A short film by Ryan Charmatz.


| December 23, 2015

NYU / 2014 / 15 minutes / English / Color

When Dean finds out his girlfriend Dani is pregnant, he decides to revisit an old high school experiment in his quest to prove his parenting abilities. A short film by Clare Sackler.
The Fighting Kind

The Fighting Kind

| December 9, 2015

Chapman University / 2010 / 21 minutes / English / Color

A man with a dark past returns home to make his sister an unwelcome offer. A short film by Nils Taylor.
Lambing Season

Lambing Season

| November 24, 2015

Columbia University / 2012 / 20 minutes / English / Color

Determined to meet the father who left her before she was born, a woman travels to Ireland, hoping it will help her understand his decision. A short film by Jeannie Donohoe.
A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell a Story

A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell a Story

| November 10, 2015

University of Michigan / 2012 / 4 minutes / English / Color

Beautifully rendered cardboard sets and characters and a seemingly weightless camera capture an astonishing voyage of immigration, love, and World War II in a single take. A short film by Shannon Kohlitz.
Little Favour

Little Favour

| March 10, 2015

USC / 2014 / 2 minutes / English / Color

Like poetry in motion, a single leaf morphs from clay to pencil to paper as it blows through a series of imaginative worlds. A short film by Yawen Zheng and Xia Li.


| March 10, 2015

Tisch Asia / 2012 / 15 minutes / English and Tagalog with English subtitles / Color

A hard-drinking, rough-edged woman from an impoverished community in the Philippines tries to sell her orphaned granddaughter to an American couple. A short film by John Paul Su.
A Doctor’s Job

A Doctor’s Job

| March 10, 2015

UCLA / 2011 / 11 minutes / Spanish with English subtitles / Color

A doctor moonlighting as a cabbie picks up an unusual fare. A short film by Julio O. Ramos.

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Film School Shorts is made possible by a grant from Maurice Kanbar, celebrating the vitality and power of the moving image, and by the members of KQED.

Film School Shorts is a production of KQED.



Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
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John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

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Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

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Sandy Schonning

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Scott Dwyer