UCF faculty and students will teach free filmmaking workshops to commence the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford. The festival runs from Feb. 12 to 15.

The workshops on Feb. 12 will be part of the festival's Education Day, which will include events sponsored by the UCF College of Arts and Humanities. Education Day will show screenings of films created by high school and college students from around the state.

On Education Day, Lisa Mills, UCF associate professor of film, will lead two workshops at the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her workshops are: "So You Have Made a Short Film – Now What?" at 9:30 a.m. and "So You Have an Idea for a Short Film – How Will You Fund It?" at 10:30 a.m.

The workshops are free, but participants are asked to register on the festival's website.

The workshop panel also includes film instructor Kate Shults, filmmakers and UCF graduates James Noir and Zach Becker, and UCF MFA film student Yesi Lima. The program is part of the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.

"One of the goals of UCF's College of Arts and Humanities is to nourish artistic learning and endeavors," Jose Fernandez, dean of the college, said in a press release. "Leading educational programs at Love Your Shorts Film Festival helps fulfill that mission by enriching the lives of the community, our students and potential students."

The festival will present 31 short films from 11 countries.


Paige Wilson is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @paigeshortstack or email her at

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