Saturday, March 22, 2014
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this seminar of Sundance-organized panels and discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development, production, working with cast and crew, and how to get the most out of making a short film.


Writer-director Sebastián Silva’s first feature LIFE KILLS ME (LA VIDA ME MATA) won multiple awards in his native Chile. His second feature THE MAID (LA NANA) won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and a Special Jury Prize for lead actress Catalina Saavedra at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Golden Globes Awards. He returned to Sundance in 2011 with OLD CATS (GATOS VIEJOS) (co-directed with Pedro Peirano) and in 2013 with two features, MAGIC MAGIC in the Midnight program, and CRYSTAL FAIRY in the World Dramatic Competition, which received the Directing Award.

Writer-director Kat Candler‘s most recent short films, HELLION in 2012 and BLACK METAL in 2013, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her previous films have screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance and on PBS. She is a two-time IFP participant and was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant. Candler is also a lecturer on film at the University of Texas in Austin. Her new feature HELLION is adapted from the short film and premiered this year in Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It was a project at the 2012 Sundance Creative Producing Feature Film Lab.

Cuban-born Juan Carlos Zaldívar completed both his BFA and a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Zaldívar started his film career as a sound editor and designer, including Ang Lee’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, the documentary ON THE ROPES and on HBO’s America Undercover, for which he garnered an Emmy nomination. His film and video art works have screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE. His directing credits include the short films THE STORY OF THE RED ROSE and PALINGENESIS, the short documentary SOLDIERS PAY (co-directed with David O. Russell and Tricia Regan) and the feature doc 90 MILES. He currently teaches at Miami International University’s Art Institute and has co-founded the Miami Filmmakers Collective. Zaldívar’s latest short film, SHIFT, was acquired by MOCA in North Miami after it won both the Jury and the Audience Awards in their annual video art competition in September 2012.

Andrew Hevia, Lucas Leyva, Jillian Mayer of Borscht Corp, an open-source collaborative dedicated to telling Miami stories.

Mayer\Leyva is performance artist Jillian Mayer and retired playwright Lucas Leyva. Their collaborations include short films, art installations, music videos, experimental theater, and web projects. Their last two short films (LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE and #POSTMODEM) premiered at Sundance and went on to play AFI, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Winterthur, New Zealand and festivals all over the world. In 2012 four separate Mayer\Leyva projects were screened at SXSW and in 2013 they returned with another. They were named to Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” list, and were also selected for the New Frontier Story Lab Fellowship at the Sundance Institute.

Borscht co-founder Andrew Hevia is an Emmy-winning film and documentary producer, director and editor. He has worked as producer on two films directed by Amy Seimetz, the short WE LIVED IN MIAMI and the feature SUN DON’T SHINE, and produced many other shorts including LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE. He studied visual arts at the acclaimed New World School of the Arts, where he made experimental films and several narrative shorts and continued film studies at Florida State University. Hevia produced, directed and edited the feature length documentary RISING TIDE for WLRN-TV, a film about six Miami artists during the weeks surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach, exploring the impact the art fair culture has had on Miami’s growing art scene and what it means to be an art city.

ShortsLab Miami is presented by Sundance Institute. The program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.