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The Sundance Institute has announced the inaugural Shortslab: LA, a three-part, all-day workshop that will offer filmmakers inside guidance through the development, production, and exhibition of short films. Shortlabs: LA will be held Saturday, July 31st at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 South Main Street) in Los Angeles.

Tickets are $150. For information or to purchase tickets visit:

Here is the workshop schedule:

Story Development (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): Acclaimed filmmakers including Sundance Film Festival alumni share their experiences working with short-form during their careers. These tales from the trenches will focus on conceptualization and script development. Participants will be announced shortly.

Production (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.): Industry professionals and special guests speak to the many challenges filmmakers face during production, including budgeting, working with unions, music rights, financing, and much more.

Exhibition (3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.): An eclectic mix of speakers — including festival programmers, agents, managers and distributers — share advice on how to handle a completed film.

Cocktail Mixer and Screening (5:30 p.m.): ShortsLab: L.A. caps off with an informal gathering followed by a 7:30 p.m. screening of award-winning short films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Feedback: If a filmmaker participates in ShortsLab: L.A. and submits a short film to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, a Festival programmer will call them post-Festival to offer individual feedback on the film.

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