Film School Shorts Releases a Playlist of 21 Films Directed by Women Students


Melissa Finell’s Disaster Preparedness stars Amy Vorpahl and Breeda Wool (of TV’s UnREAL)

Film School Shorts is a nationally broadcast public television program that showcases short student films from across the country, and fortunately for us, film schools are much more diverse than Hollywood. As a result, we’ve been able to feature two dozen up-and-coming female directors over our last three seasons.

“Many major universities report that half of the graduates from their film programs are women, but only a fraction of those women go on to find opportunities to continue to make films,” says Lisa Landi, the series’ producer. “At Film School Shorts, we take serious the opportunity to work to bridge that gap by raising the profile of women-produced student work.”

So for Women’s History Month, we put together a playlist of 21 of their films titled #ILookLikeAFilmDirector. It features shorts like I Feel Stupid, directed by Milena Pastreich and written by A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’s Ana Lily Amirpour, and Kiss Me by Jules Nurrish, who was recently named a Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow. And in the coming years, as that gap closes, we hope to see our women directors land more and more Hollywood projects too.

Check out #ILookLikeAFilmDirector and spread the word about this amazing work!