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Explore the Art of Short Films

Philadelphia, United States

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Experience hosted by Nicole

2.5 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will explore my collection of behind-the-scenes film festival memorabilia chronicling five non-traditional cinema screenings in four Philadelphia neighborhoods. Along the way, you will gain insight on how locals respond to the best short films from several countries around the world. We will wrap up this experience with a private screening of shorts for you to vote on and then join me in deciding the official selections for a traveling short film showcase.

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT OCT 26 - 30:
A private screening where you will participate in a global festival showing simultaneously across six continents, uniting 100,000 filmgoers. You will view and vote on an extraordinary range of international short films from 9 countries that are currently in the running for an Academy Award nomination. Genres include dramas, comedies and animation that address an astonishing number of themes ranging from identity to parenthood to the seemingly universal frustration caused by the Department of Motor Vehicles no matter the country. You will become an instant film critic as you receive a ballot during this experience that allows you to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor.
Other things to note
On street parking is very limited. If you can, please use a different form of transportation to and from the studio. Public transportation is nearby including a few bus routes and subway station.
We will explore my collection of behind-the-scenes film festival memorabilia chronicling five non-traditional cinema screenings in four Philadelphia neighborhoods. Along the way, you will gain insight on how locals respond to the best short films from several countries around the world. We will wrap up this experience with a private screening of shorts for you to vote on and then join me in deciding the official selections for a traveling short f…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Water
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Meet your host, Nicole

Host on Airbnb since 2009
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I am a Philadelphia native, freelance writer and traveler who has made Award-winning short films from around the world accessible to local communities for 7 years. My previous studies include illustration, graphic design, screenwriting and video production. As one of the exclusive U.S. managers of an international film festival 20mins from the Art Museum steps and La Colombe Coffee Roasters, I love discovering cool places to watch extraordinary short films with people who enjoy learning about a diverse range of stories, cultures, experiences and ideas.
I am a Philadelphia native, freelance writer and traveler who has made Award-winning short films from around the world accessible to local communities for 7 years. My previous studies include illustration, graphic design, screenwriting and video production. As one of the exclusive U.S. managers of an international film festival 20mins from the Art Museum steps and La Colombe Coffee Roasters, I love discovering cool places to watch extraordinary short films with people who enjoy learning about a…
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Where you'll be

We will be in my studio workspace at a historic Art Deco building made in the 1930s, near East Passyunk Avenue and Geno's Steaks. It operates as a production and exhibition hub for fostering community engagement and an exchange of cultures through our shared discovery of remarkable work by shorts filmmakers from across the globe. Previous visitors include a local radio show contributor, a film festival programmer and an Emmy-nominated artist.

Rated 4.82 out of 5 from 33 reviews.

Eloy & Ella
December 2020
We had a great time with Nicole. I loved how she gave history of short films in the Oscars as well as her personal expertise in the field. Most of the short films were international but, each one had it's own lesson.
Raphe
August 2019
This was awesome! If you are interested in cinematography in anyway, you will learn and enjoy this! Nicole is super knowledgeable in short films and is super sweet!
Tena
July 2019
Nicole is a warm and engaging host. You’ll learn a lot about the art of short film-making, along with viewing a curated group of good ones!
Jimmy
July 2019
I felt enlightened from viewing the 10-15 short films on that evening's program. Nicole (who was most patient with my tardiness during an unsufferable heatwave) selected them based on what she surmised I would enjoy; She chose with great skill & insight!! (especially the European films). She is an accomplished filmmaker herself, but she wanted to give voice to other obscure artists who deserve to be viewed & enjoyed. Artists I would not have found out about otherwise. The facility in S Philly impressed me as a beehive of creative types & alternative offerings. The "Canstruction" installation was a Gas! I didn't get the chance to take in the neighborhood, which seems less gentrified than other better known neighborhoods. Nicole, who is kind & connecting, & I had a lot to talk about; so I wish I could have stayed longer to see more of the neighborhood & her own films & more offerings at that alternative facility. So if you choose this highly worthy experience, you could ask Nicole to show her own work. And support her other film projects & happenings. Even thru cickstarter I hope......
I felt enlightened from viewing the 10-15 short films on that evening's program. Nicole (who was most patient with my tardiness during an unsufferable heatwave) selected them based…
John
April 2019
Really enjoyed meeting Nicole, she had picked out some really great shorts which I definitely enjoyed. She was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information on short film circuit of festivals and award eligibility. I found it all very interesting. We did hold off on starting with the shorts right away to give another guest time to arrive which unfortunately she didn’t make it and I had to leave before it was completed. But I would certainly recommend it and I intend to be back the next time I’m in Philly.
Really enjoyed meeting Nicole, she had picked out some really great shorts which I definitely enjoyed. She was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information on short film cir…
Søren
April 2019
My daughter and I had a very nice visit at Nicole. She was very friendly and passionate. She was very inspiring to listen to.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

You will need to provide your own transportation.