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

May 20th through June 7th, 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 six-half hour 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 those films will be picked for the top prize of the Jack Larson Southern California Student Filmmaker Award. 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."



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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.

  • 2019-05-21T17:30:00-07:00
  • 2019-05-25T10:30:00-07:00


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.

  • 2019-05-28T17:30:00-07:00


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.

  • 2019-06-04T17:30:00-07:00

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.

  • 2019-06-11T17:30:00-07:00
  • 2019-06-14T17:00:00-07:00

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.

  • 2019-06-18T17:30:00-07:00