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 

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