Moviemaker Dialogue: Mike Plante and the World of Short Films

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Thu, Jul 18
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


FREE for AFS MAKE and LOVE members; $7 for AFS WATCH members and AP Producers; and $10 for General Admission.


Austin Public
1143 Northwestern Ave, Austin, TX 78702

What makes a great short film? Mike Plante, filmmaker and Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival, joins us for a casual conversation about his 25-year career seeking out the best short films on the planet and getting them in front of audiences. We’ll look at some of Mike’s favorite short films, hear behind-the-scenes details about film festival shorts programming, talk about where short films have traditionally fit into the film and media landscape, and what’s changing. One of the leading voices in short film discovery, Mike Plante is an incredible resource for filmmakers and short form enthusiasts.

About Mike Plante
Mike Plante is a film festival programmer and filmmaker. He has worked for fests since 1993 and is currently a Senior Programmer for Short Films at the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2001, overseeing the process of selecting 70 shorts from 9,000 submissions each year.

As a filmmaker, Plante makes documentaries about outsiders. As a producer he made Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014, 83 min), which was released by Cinelicious Pics to theaters and bluray. As a director he makes features and shorts, including The Polaroid Job (2016, 8 min), available online at NY Times Op-Docs. His recent feature And With Him Came the West (2019, 77 min) premiered at MoMA Doc Fortnight.

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