Stills from various short films in the 2018 season of Fine Cut

The votes for People’s Choice are in!

Nicholas Moyer and Nate Norell will take home a prize package worth over $20,000 toward gear and supplies for their next project. Watch their winning short film, "Kip"

Nineteen years ago Jack Larson approached KCET with the idea of creating a student film series that would provide talented students with the opportunity to have their short films aired on television. Larson thought that public television was an excellent platform for providing critical visibility to emerging filmmakers. KCET shared Larson's enthusiasm and together they created, “Fine Cut Festival of Films”.

This season featured six half-hour episodes showcasing a collection of short films from schools across Southern California and the top four in the following categories were chosen by our esteemed panel of judges and awarded a place at The American Pavilion’s screening at Cannes Film Festival 2019. 

Winners include:
Documentary: “al imam” from USC’s Omar Aldakheel
Narrative: “One Small Step” from USC’s  Aqsa Altaf
Animation: “Where I was Born” from Cal State’s Jungmin Cha
Jack Larson Southern California Student Filmmaker Award: “Raccoon and the Light” from Cal State’s Hanna Kim 

Sponsors and Funders | 2018 Judges Bios 

Upcoming Airdates

My Right

Award winning video journalist, David Freid (New York Times, Vanity Fair) traces gun crime in America. Followed by, a film exploring the path to motherhood from UCLA and a heart warming animated short from Cal Arts.

  • 2019-03-26T17:30:00-07:00

Now What

From USC, One Small Step follows a young girl attempting to juggle adult responsibilities after her mother goes missing. Followed by an intense documentary examining the power of exclusive religions from San Diego State and an animated caricature of wealth and domestic life from UCLA.

  • 2019-03-27T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2019-03-27T18:35:00-07:00
  • 2019-03-29T16:30:00-07:00
  • 2019-04-02T17:30:00-07:00

Oh, Hello!

Three up-and-coming female directors bring funny, quirky and unforgettable tales, including the true story of a woman with Alzheimer’s and her odd encounter late night on the streets of East L.A, starring Emmy Winner Valerie Harper.

  • 2019-04-03T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2019-04-03T18:30:00-07:00
  • 2019-04-09T17:30:00-07:00


Actor turned serial killer wreaks havoc in this dark comedy from the USC. Followed by two films from Biola University and Cal Arts exploring the dark origins from which a superhero can emerge.

  • 2019-04-10T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2019-04-10T18:30:00-07:00
  • 2019-04-16T17:30:00-07:00


Multicultural filmmakers from USC share stories of women taking risks. Despite controversy and threats, Muslim spiritual leader Ani Zonneveld takes a stand for justice. Followed by, a mother who must make a dangerous decision to get ahead.

  • 2019-04-17T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2019-04-17T18:30:00-07:00
  • 2019-04-23T17:30:00-07:00

At Odds

When a Black female cop patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance, she is forced to make a life altering decision in this thrilling crime drama from Chapman University. Followed by, a brave story of LGBTQ conversion therapy based on true events from San Diego State.

  • 2019-04-24T14:00:00-07:00