Avant-Garde & Experimental Filmmaking

Avant-Garde & Experimental Filmmaking


Austin School of Film's award-winning Avant-Garde & Experimental Filmmaking course is a comprehensive introduction to experimental and Avant Garde filmmaking and cinema.

In this unique course, students will explore the history and evolution of experimental film and are encouraged to navigate the images in their minds to create their own individual works. This course is dedicated to the appreciation of film as an art form and a medium of expression.

Students will learn how to use and shoot on Super 8mm cameras, hand process their Super 8 film stock and a variety of editing techniques including digital editing with Final Cut Pro or hand editing to produce their own individual experimental short film. Their films will be featured in Cinema Obscura, a special exhibition curated by ASoF.

Films completed in this course are eligible to be featured at multiple ASoF student exhibitions, including our Official SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Community Showcase.

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INSTRUCTOR: Faiza Kracheni is a born and raised Texan who currently serves as Austin School of Film's Education & Programming Director. In October 2015, Faiza founded two new programs for the Central Texas community including a sister-program to premiere under the Motion Media Arts Center umbrella, Austin Cinemaker Space in 2016. Austin Cinemaker Space will merge media arts education and community, demand fluency with ever evolving technologies, create and foster a more active learning process and directly serve as a reflection of the changing norms in educational and creative environments in digital media and film for the Austin Community. In addition to her involvement with MMAC, she is an active artist and musician within the Austin community.

This course is sponsored by  Kodak Motion Picture Film

This course is sponsored by Kodak Motion Picture Film


  • Students can choose to partake in a included class workshop to hand process their film otherwise lab lists are provided within the class for processing.

  • Students are responsible for covering any expenses incurred by the short film.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Students with an interest in art and experimental methods within filmmaking and media creation. Ages 16 & older, no pre-requisites. Beginners welcome!

SUPPLIES: all supplies included, including: Super 8 camera, 2 rolls of Kodak film, and additional gear & editing lab access. 

CERTIFICATEASoF Digital Video Certificate elective class.

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.