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Writing Short Films

TESTIMONIALS

Over the past 10 years, Linda's students have gotten into hundreds of film festivals all over the world and their films have won numerous awards.

Former students Chris Bessounian and Tianna Langham's film, The Kolaborator, won the Best Short Film Award at the prestigious American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009.

The Kolaborator also won the "Act One" Outstanding Screenplay Award at the Angelus Student Film Festival, a BAFTA-LA Award for Excellence, and took the top three prizes at The Kimera Film Festival in Termoli, Italy, 1st Prize Pre-Selections, Audience Award, Grand Jury Prize.

Some of the festivals Linda's students have won awards in are:

  • The Cannes Film Festival, Emerging Filmmaker Pavilion
  • The Angelus Student Film Festival
  • The Kimera Film Festival
  • Festival Internazionale di Cinema Breve dell'Aquila in Italy
  • Sedona International Film Festival, Best Foreign Short Film
  • Festival Internazionale di Cinema Breve dell Aquila, Best Short Film
  • Angelus Film Festival, Outstanding Screenplay Award
  • Port Townsend Film Festival, Best Short Film
  • Lucania Film Festival, Special Jury Prize - Excellence in Filmmaking
  • George Romero's Night of the Living Dead Video Contest
  • The LA International Short Film Festival
  • The Methodfest
  • The Deep Ellum Film Festival
  • The Pioneer 2880 '48 Hour' Short Film Festival
  • Worldfest International
  • The First Look Student Film Festival
  • Chicago Horror Film Festival
  • FANGORIA Blood Drive II
  • The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
  • The New Haven Film Festival
  • The Beverly Hills Film Festival
  • The Chicago International REEL Short Film Festival
  • The USA Film Festival
  • The Marco Island Film Festial
  • And more

HERE'S WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

"Linda Cowgill's class gave me valuable tools, allowing me to make an award winning short film. Before you make your film, take her class or read her book. I credit a lot of my success directly to her what she has to say."

Ted Mendenhall -- Director: Party Animalz, The Privateer, and the award-winning short Cojones. Cojones - winner Best Comedy at the LA International Short Film Festival; winner Best Comedy at the Deep Ellum Film Festival.

"When I joined Linda Cowgill's class - I had a good story for a short movie. Linda taught me how to make a good story into a great one. My film Stealing Innocence, that Linda mentored me on, has screened in over 45 film festivals and won 11 awards. I couldn't have done it without her guidance."

Nancy Stein -- Director: All Ages Night, Joey, and the award-winning short Stealing Innocence -- winner in The First Look Student Film Festival, Worldfest International, the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, and more.

"I learned that a good idea is just not enough to write a good short movie. She taught me the necessary tools to create a good story from just an idea."

Antonio Monti -- Director/Writer: Monkey Boy, commercials, and winner of The Pioneer 2880 '48 Hour' Short Film Festival.

"Linda knows her stuff. Without her guidance and advice, my script and my short film wouldn't be what they are. I owe her a lot!"

Matt Kadish: Writer/Director of The Outsideman -- a short that played at the Cannes Film Festival.


Some of the film festivals Linda's students have gotten into:

  • A Night of Horror Film Fest Sydney Austraila
  • Athens International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Film Fest
  • Nevermore Film Festival
  • SLAMDANCE
  • Dam Short Film Festival
  • The Indie Spirit Film Festival
  • The Gliff Film Festival
  • The Annual Women In the Director's Chair International Film & Video Festival
  • Arrivano I Corti Short Film Festival
  • The Austin Film Festival
  • The Bermuda Film Festival
  • The Beverly Hills Film Festival
  • The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
  • The Boston Film Festival
  • The Brisbane Queer Film Festival
  • The Cannes Film Festival
  • The Chicago International REEL Short Film Festival
  • The Cinefable Film Festival
  • The Cinecitta International Student Awards, Italy
  • The Cine Noir Film Festival
  • The Cleveland Film Festival
  • The Creek Nation/Muscogee Film Festival
  • The Dam Short Film Festival
  • The Damah Film Festival
  • The Dances with Films Festival
  • The Deep Ellum Film Festival
  • The DC Independent Film Festival
  • The Emerald Eye Short Film Festival
  • The Feast Fest Film Festival
  • Festival Du Film Gay & Lesbien De Bruxelles
  • The FilmJunkie Film Festival
  • The First Look Student Film Festival
  • The FlickerFest Festival at Northwestern University
  • The FrameLine 28 Film Festival
  • The Georgetown Film Festival
  • The Gloria International Film Festival
  • The Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Hertfordshire International Film Festival
  • The Image+Nation Film Festival
  • The Image Out Film Festival
  • Incontri Internatzionali Di Cinema e Donne Di Firenze Film Festival
  • IndieFest Chicago
  • The International Black Women's Film Festival
  • The Japan Film Festival
  • The Kansas City Film Festival
  • The KCET Fine Cut Student Film Series
  • The LA International Short Film Festival
  • The Lake Havasu Film Festival
  • The Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Festival
  • The Mailbu Film Fesstival
  • The Marco Island Film Festial
  • The Melbourne Queer Film Festival
  • The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • The Lesben Film Festival Berlin
  • The Lesgaicinemad Film Festival
  • The Mental Disorders Film Fest
  • The NewFest NY
  • The New Haven Film Festival
  • The Newport Beach Film Festival
  • New Orleans Media Experience
  • The New Orleans Film Festival
  • The New York Asian American Film Festival
  • The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
  • The Official Selection in the Festival in Malaga
  • The Out On Film Film Festival
  • The Outfest Film Festival
  • The Pacific Palisades Film Festival
  • The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
  • The Pan African Film Festival
  • The Phoenix Film Festival
  • The Philadelphia Film Festival
  • The Pikes Peak Film Festival
  • The Philadelphia Film Festival
  • The Pioneer 2880 '48 Hour' Short Film Festival
  • The Pride Western Australia Film Festival
  • The Red Bank International Film Festival
  • The Reel Affirmations Film Festival
  • The Reel Pride Film Festival
  • The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
  • The Reno International Film Festival
  • The Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • The River Run International Film Festival
  • The San Francisco International Film Festival
  • The Santa Clarita Film Festival
  • The Santa Cruz International Film Festival
  • The Schwullesbisches Film Festival
  • The Santa Monica Film Festival
  • Screamfest LA
  • The Silverlake Film Festival
  • The Sitges International Film Festival
  • The Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • The Temecula International Film Festival
  • The Texas Film Festival
  • The Tiburon International Film Festival
  • The USA Film Festival
  • The UC Berkeley Women of Color Film Festival
  • The USC Crosstown Film Festival
  • The Valley International Film Festival
  • The Verzaubert Film Festival
  • The Whistler Film Festival
  • The Wilmington Film Festival
  • The WinFemme Film Festvial
  • The Wisconsin Film Festival
  • Worldfest International
  • The Worldfest Flagstaff Film Festival
  • The WYSIWYG Film Festival
  • The Young Filmmakers Festival in Zaragoza
  • And more

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