Kim Adelman

Kim Adelman

Film producer, Author, and Educator

Kim Adelman, film producer and author of Making it Big in Shorts: The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films.

Adelman began her producing career with the indie feature, Just Friends. She then launched the Fox Movie Channel's short film program, where the 19 shorts she produced won 30+ awards and played over 150 film festivals worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival four years in a row.

Over the past two decades, Ms. Adelman has been a jury member and/or a panel moderator at numerous international film festivals, including the UCLA Extension Film Festival since its inception. She has also reported on short films for Indiewire, co-programmed the American Cinematheque's annual Focus on Female Directors short film screening series, and co-founded FFC: the Female Filmmaking Collective.

Her short film book, Making it Big in Shorts, is on its third edition and has been published internationally in Spanish and Mandarin. Her other author credits include three pop culture books for Penguin Random House,The Girls Guide to Elvis, The Girls Guide to Country, and The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks. which was also published in Japanese. She has recorded a five-part educational podcast on independent filmmaking for UCLA Extension and co-hosted the 15-episode movie adaptation podcast Book to Screen, available on iTunes.

In addition to teaching Low Budget Filmmaking at UCLA Extension and Cinema Production 2 at Mount Saint Mary's University, Ms. Adelman has taught filmmaking workshops across the US, Canada, and New Zealand. Most recently she led creative writing workshops for kids at UCLA’s Hammer Museum and filmmaking for teens at Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum. In 2014, she was named UCLA Extension's Entertainment Studies Instructor of the Year. In 2016, she won its Distinguished Instructor Award.

Kim Adelman is a native of Los Angeles, California and a proud UCLA alum. Her favorite film is “What’s Up, Doc?,” favorite singer Elvis Presley, and favorite word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Ask her about the time she had lunch with a cannibal at Real Food Daily.

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