Next Meetup

Secrets to Making a Successful Film (free) taught by Keema Mingo
We provide snacks, and the best local film professionals as your teacher for the day! All are welcome, whether you're just now getting curious about filmmaking or you've been at it for years. We want you there. Bring: Something for taking notes What to expect: A leader in local independent filmmaking, multi-talented Director, Writer, Producer and Casting Director Keema Mingo has also also worked on everything from Hollywood productions. She will show you what it takes to put a movie together successfully, with and without a budget; which team members are most important to have on set; how to create local partnerships to get your projects done and how to transition your skills and expertise into a position that's perfect for you.

Hickory Grove Library Branch

5935 Hickory Grove Road · Charlotte, NC

Respond by: 1/9/2019

What we're about

The Charlotte Unconventional Film School (CUFS) is for you: someone who wants improve their filmmaking skills so we can all make more + better (low budget, independent) movies.

• Workshops

We bring together local filmmakers (including people who are just getting started) and local, down-to-earth professionals to teach through in-person workshops. We typically do this through a 2 hour weeknight event or 5 hour Saturday event.

Get to know our teachers who are all working local film pros. https://thecharlottefilmschool.com/partners/

• Informal meetups

Held in coffee shops with free parking around Charlotte typically, these are usually informal gatherings for networking and conversation with a particular topic in mind (submitting to film festivals, the joy of editing, gear swaps, filmmakers looking to meet up with potential cast and crew, etc.)

• Screenings

This is primarily done by our good friends at Queen City Cinephiles. Founder Mia Davis watches around a hundred short films per month and curates the very best of them. Two or three times a month, she puts on events around Charlotte that bring together people like us who want to see films that we won't likely see elsewhere. (aka they won't be on Netflix the next month) Three great ways to improve filmmaking are a.)take workshops with us b.)make movies and c.)watch QCC selected indie films.

• Field Trips

New in the Fall of 2018, we're going places. Carpool or meet us at a newly opened film studio or to a destination in SC featured in a documentary film we'll watch while there (how meta!).

• Party

We had a party in May 2018 to celebrate 1 year/75 events. We'll have another one on Saturday, October 13th 6pm-9pm. Join us as we celebrate the movies made by people who took CUFS workshops in Spring, 2018. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-drink-watch-charlotte-film-school-students-movies-tickets-49231846779

• Retreat Day for Filmmakers and other Creatives

Time to take stock, think about what matters and how you can make work that matters to you and others. Join us for our December 2018 event, take a day apart to think about your creativity and what you're going to use it for.

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