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

A new season of Fine Cut Festival of Films is back!

Viewers can watch and then vote online for their favorite film each week. 

The film with the most votes will take home a prize package worth over $20,000 toward gear and supplies for their next project. You can vote once a day, during and up to one week after the broadcast date, so make sure to put a reminder in your calendar!

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 features six half-hour episodes showcasing a collection of short films from schools across Southern California, including, winners in the categories of Documentary, Narrative and Animation chosen by our esteemed panel of judges. Plus, three films from our partner The American Pavilion, the epicenter of American hospitality at the world’s largest film market.

Sponsors and Funders | 2018 Judges Bios | People's Choice Voting FAQ | Watch and Vote

Upcoming Airdates

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.

Streaming is not available for the full broadcast episode, but you can still watch the short films and vote for the viewer's choice award.

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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.

Streaming is not available for the full broadcast episode, but you can still watch the short films and vote for the viewer's choice award.

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Influence

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.

Streaming is not available for the full broadcast episode, but you can still watch the short films and vote for the viewer's choice award.

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Pushback

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.

Streaming is not available for the full broadcast episode, but you can still watch the short films and vote for the viewer's choice award.

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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.

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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.

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