The 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films is a collection of short films from student and emerging filmmakers.  Over 3,000 shorts were received from 112 countries eligible for awards in the competition ranging from cutting-edge animation to the best in documentary cinema. All short films selected as finalists in the Fine Cut Film Festival will be included in a series of one-hour broadcast episodes set to begin airing, Weds., June 14 at 9 p.m.

For the first time, honorees from the festival will have an opportunity to be a part of one of the The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase competition at the 70th annual Cannes International Film Festival.

Films were judged by an industry panel in two categories: Emerging Filmmakers Competition and Student Filmmakers Competition (one third of the entries were from student filmmakers). All films were also eligible for a third category, the Viewer’s Choice Competition, where filmmakers had a chance to have their peers vote online at KCET.org. Student filmmakers from Southern California film schools ranging from Santa Barbara to San Diego also had the chance to win the Jack Larson Southern California Student Filmmaker Award.

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2017's Fine Cut judges (in alphabetical order by last name): 

Effie T. Brown, Linda Cardellini, Javier Fuentes-Leon, Steve Greene, Pete Hammond, Simon Kilmurry, Corinne Marrinan, John Ptak, Chris Tashima

 

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Funding provided by:

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Full Episodes

Upcoming Airdates

Past, Present, Future

The 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films is a collection of short films from student and emerging filmmakers. In this episode, "Good Old Times" from Slovakia (Comedy), "Call Unknown" from the U.S. (Suspense), "Remain Rain" from Iran (Emerging), "Recast: The Story of Pune's Tambat Ali (Copper Alley)" from India (Documentary), and "The Door to Freedom" from Germany (Drama).

"Good Old Times"

"Call Unknown"

A young woman abandons technology for 7 days and goes off-grid in a house where she confronts her darkest fear.

The Unknown

The 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films is a collection of short films from student and emerging filmmakers. In this episode, "The Outcast" from the U.S. (Drama), "Scraps" from New Zealand (Animation), "Champagne" from the U.S. (Drama), "Bobo" from Pakistan (Suspense), and "The Autumn of Zao" from France (Fantasy).

 

"The Outcast"

Starting Over

The 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films is a collection of short films from student and emerging filmmakers. In this episode, "Respectfully, Tony" from the U.S. (Documentary), "Waiting in the Wings" from the U.S. (Comedy), "What if" from France (War), "Dad" from the U.S. (Drama), and "Kaska" from Germany (Animation/Expermental).

 

"Respectfully, Tony"

A convicted murderer re-enters society after spending 12 years on death row and 39 years in prison.

"Waiting in the Wings"

Challenges

The 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films is a collection of short films from student and emerging filmmakers. In this episode, "The Melody of Unexpected Encounters" from the Russian Federation (Romantic Comedy), "Score" from Belgium (Drama), "HELL YOU TALMBOUT" from the U.S. (Experimental), and "Hide and Seek" from France (Suspense).

 

"The Melody of Unexpected Encounters"