Fine Cut 2019 mosaic

April 1st through June 5th, student filmmakers, 18 and up, can submit to the annual "Fine Cut Festival of Films," for a chance to be one of the lucky finalists featured in one of the four-hourlong episodes on KCET in the Fall. Our esteemed panel of industry judges will choose a winning film in the categories of Documentary, Narrative and Animation for a prize package.

Plus, one of the films will be picked for the top prize of the Jack Larson Southern California Student Filmmaker Award. More than twenty 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."

Upcoming Airdates

Play

In the wake of NFL superstar Junior Seau’s suicide, coaches and families tackle the dangers and rewards of playing youth football in Delay of Game,” a documentary from USC’s Shaun Dikilato. Then, “888 Tours,” an animated short from CalArts’ Jennifer Nie that follows a tour guide’s quest to stay on schedule.

  • 2020-04-03T15:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-03T17:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-04T17:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-11T17:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Come Alive

In “Teddy Mate,” a film from USC’s Rommel Villa, children bond with magical teddy bears that eventually transform into their perfect human life partner. When one teddy changes unexpectedly, a strong-willed young woman must face her uncertain future. Then, award-winning documentarian and American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase filmmaker Megan Rossman, explores the Lesbian Herstory Archives in “Love Letter Rescue Squad.” Finally, in “Gallery Experience,” an animated film from USC’s Jinghan Tian, a young girl has a magical experience visiting a gallery for the first time.

  • 2020-04-10T18:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-11T11:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-11T17:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Separated

In “Lalo’s House,” a film from USC’s Kelley Kali starring Garcelle Beauvais, two young sisters must escape a child sex trafficking ring after being taken from their home in Jacmel, Haiti. Followed by “Starlight,” an animated film from CalArts’ Robyn Romain that explores long distance love.

  • 2020-04-17T18:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-18T11:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-18T17:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Save Me!

When a pair of mismatched U.S. Marshals are sent to the Kansas frontier all the evidence points to something dark and sinister waiting for them in “Bleeding, Kansas,” a thriller from UCLA’s Daniel Lafrentz. Followed by “Assembly Required,” a film from Chapman University’s Christian Whittemore about a woman literally falling apart. In the final short film, take a road trip with director Hau Nguyen and his Orange Coast College’s Food Riders as they try to eliminate campus waste.

  • 2020-04-24T18:05:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-25T11:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-04-25T17:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD