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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."

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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.

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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.

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You're Crazy

“Divided,” a film from Chapman University’s Brynne McKee, Jackie Palacios, Benjamin Allen, and Jack Mullinkosson, is a comedic and pointed look at the post-2016 American political divide. Followed by “Shoot the Moon,” an animated film from UCLA’s William Rowe about two ambitious cats attempting to reach the moon from inside a cardboard box.

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Fight

In "The Moon and The Night, a film from Chapman University, A native Hawaiian teenage girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight. Followed by "Prey", an animated film from Cal State LA depicting the natural cycle of human society.

  • 2020-06-19T15:30:00-07:00
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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.

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