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FINE CUT Kicks Off 19th Annual Festival: Short Film Competition for Southern California Schools

Short Film Competition for Southern California Schools
FINE CUT Kicks Off 19th Annual Festival
 With Call for Entries; Deadline May 25, 2018
For Second Year in a Row, KCET Partners With The American Pavilion
To Offer Four Winning Filmmakers a Trip to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival
Burbank, Calif. – May 1, 2018 – KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station,, announced today a call for filmmaking’s most original entries for the 19th Annual [ ]FINE CUT Festival of Films, a collection of short films from Southern California student filmmakers that range from cutting-edge animation to the best in documentary cinema. Interested filmmakers currently enrolled in Southern California film schools can submit their short films (25 minutes or under) up until May 25, 2018 for consideration at [ ] Four Honorees in the categories of Documentary, Animation, Narrative and Viewers Choice will have an opportunity to be a part of the most important event on the global film calendar, the 72nd annual Cannes International Film Festival, in May of 2019 thanks to a partnership with [ ]The American Pavilion, the epicenter of American hospitality and communication at the world’s largest film market. 
The winning Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Viewers Choice Award films will be selected as part of the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, hosted by The American Pavilion as well as a networking event. Each filmmaker will receive a cash prize up to $500 to use towards airfare and accommodations for five nights (dates TBD), through The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Travel Accommodations.  
All short films selected as part of the [ ]FINE CUT Film Festival will be included in a series of half-hour broadcast episodes on [ ]KCET that will be aired this fall.  Additionally, three of the winning films from The 21st Annual American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase competition taking place May 8 through May 19 in Cannes, France will be featured in the FINE CUT broadcast series slated to air this fall on KCET in Southern California.
Top films will be evaluated by a carefully selected panel of judges which last year consisted of nine acclaimed industry experts that included KCET MUST SEE MOVIES host Pete Hammond, the International Documentary Association's Executive Director Simon Kilmurry, "Bloodline" actress Linda Cardellini, producer and former talent agent John Ptak, "Project Greenlight" Producer Effie T. Brown, IndieWire staff writer Steve Greene, Peruvian filmmaker Javier Fuentes-León and Academy Award® winning short filmmakers Corinne Marrinan and Chris Tashima.  2018 judges will be announced at a later date.
All films submitted as entries to the 19th Annual FINE CUT Film Festival are also eligible for the Viewers Choice Competition, where filmmakers will have a chance to have their peers vote online at during and up to one-week after the broadcast date. Winners will be notified on August 1, 2018 just prior to a scheduled September/October screening event.
The winning films in the Animation, Documentary and Narrative categories will have the chance to win The Jack Larson SPOTLIGHT Award, prize to be determined. 
The festival is a tribute to FINE CUT founder Jack Larson who was an American actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer who may be best known for his portrayal of photographer/reporter Jimmy Olsen in the 1952-1958 television series “Adventures of Superman.” In the late 1990’s Larson approached Southern California’s [ ]KCET with the idea of creating a student film series that would provide talented students with the much needed opportunity to have their short films selected for television broadcast.  Larson understood how difficult it was for young filmmakers to get broad exposure for their work because, typically, student work is only seen at special screenings and film festivals. 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, which continues to be a flagship program for KCET today. 
RULES: Student filmmakers must be currently enrolled or have been enrolled in a Southern California School January 2016 to present.  Films completed prior to January 1, 2016, are not eligible for consideration for FINE CUT. Films that have been submitted for FINE CUT consideration in previous years are not eligible for submission for 2018 Fine Cut consideration. All short films selected by the expert judging panel will be part of one of the six half-hour broadcast episodes, and all accepted shorts are eligible for awards in the Competition. Short Films must have a total running time of 25 minutes or under, including credits. Shorts may not have been released on DVD, broadcast on television or the Internet to still remain eligible for our Shorts Competition. Read the full rules and regulations at [ ]
Additional sponsors for the coming season of FINE CUT include Quixote Studios and Keslow Camera.
Join the conversation on social media using #FineCut
Funding for Fine Cut is generously provided by The Bridges/Larson Foundation
*KCET is expected to merge with PBS SoCal, subject to regulatory approvals, by mid-2018. Until that time, both organizations will continue with their own general programming and operational strategies. *
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 53-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit KCET is a part of the KCETLink Media Group. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV and Roku platforms.
The American Pavilion, celebrating its 28th year as the epicenter of American hospitality and communication at the Cannes International Film Festival, brings together both professional and emerging filmmakers along with industry executives from across the globe. A sought after destination for information, orientation, and recreation, it accommodates the needs of its members, guests and sponsors in a dynamic business environment. ~With its impressive array of amenities and services, AmPav provides an opportunity to relax in very comfortable surroundings.
The American Pavilion boasts the Roger Ebert Conference Series which offers insightful and provocative panel discussions and in-conversations with filmmakers, talent and top leaders; a restaurant and bar that provide fast service with a smile throughout the day and is open to all festival badge holders after 6:00pm most evenings; a coffee bar; complimentary WiFi and charging stations; a media terrace with a panoramic view of the Riviera; the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase; the Culinary Program featuring chefs from across the US and Canada; the Worldwide Student Program; and public and private rental for parties and receptions.

VOID International Animation Film Festival

A festival that is focused on pushing the boundaries of animation. The programme is 'filling the void' - bringing attention to the unused potential of the technique. Films are retrospective as well as premiering, and from any country.
VOID is screening films, inviting directors, and staging masterclasses and events. We are a competitive festival, giving out several short film awards.
We are looking forward to welcoming you as a guest or contributor, and once again share the stories that are brought to life only in animation!

Sundance Ignite "What's Next?" Film Challenge Now Open!

Sundance Institute and Adobe’s Project 1324 have teamed up for a short film challenge to find the next generation’s boldest new voices. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker between the ages of 18 and 24, show us: “What’s Next?” Fifteen eligible winners will become Sundance Ignite Fellows, receiving a trip to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, a year-long mentorship, and more! Submission are open! Submit before September 26, 2016 and ...

Water Front Festival of International Films Lavasa

The only festival organized and presented by the senior citizen community at the famed Ashiana Utsav Lavasa set in picturesque Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, India, the Waterfront Festival of International Films and offers a flavorful palette of films that routinely attracts cineastes from all over the world. The first edition of the festival will feature more than 100 films and present juried and awards in a range of competitive categories -- including Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best International Film, and Best Short Film. 

The 2016 Film Festival will feature the finest films from all countries. On the awards’ night select filmmakers will enjoy complimentary local hospitality, an intimate and friendly atmosphere conducive to networking with some of the most gifted artists of today, and eye-opening industry personnel at the most prestigious Ashiana Utsav Club House in Lavasa. 

The objectives of Waterfront Festival of International Film Festival, Lavasa through its festival, workshops and indulgence are dedicated to nurturing and encouraging new filmmaking talent, honouring the great masters of world cinema and providing audiences with a unique opportunity to engage in an appreciation of and a conversation about the art of cinema as it is represented around the world.

The submissions open on 01 January 2016

The submissions close on 30 June 2016

The officially selected films shall be announced on 31 July 2016

The Awards will be announced on December 30 September 2016


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Student Filmmakers, Enter Your Film Now! ISFFH Call for Entries!

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood (ISFFH) is still accepting submissions for its 12th annual Film and Video Competition. The Festival will be held in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA USA November 7 - 9, 2014. The competition is open to students of all ages and academic backgrounds. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014 and is approaching fast. More information and entry forms are available on the festival website Hollywood is the capital city...

2014 ISFFH Call for Entries

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood (ISFFH) is now accepting submissions for its 12th annual Film and Video Competition. The Festival will be held in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA USA November 7 - 9, 2014. The competition is open to students of all ages and academic backgrounds. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014. More information and entry forms are available on the festival website Art is and always has been our universal language and t...


2014 GUAM - USA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES Final Extended Deadline for Submissions is July 21 The Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) has officially announced its open call for entries to begin today, for its fourth annual event scheduled to take place in September. Submission forms can be completed directly online at the official GIFF website, Deadlines to submit films for the 2013 Guam International Film Festival are:...

CALL FOR ENTRIES Munich International Festival of Filmschools

33rd MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS, November 17 - 23, 2013     As part of the Munich International Festival of Film Schools film students are invited to participate in our two special competitions.   In its sixth year, the Climate Clips Award and € 5,000 go to the best clip on climate change. These clips can be documentaries, fiction, comedies or dramas – all forms of artistic expression are allowed. They just have to be one thing - convincing! The ...

2013 Boomtown Film & Music Festival - Call for Entries

Calling all Filmmakers! The sixth annual Boomtown Film and Music Festival will be held February 22-23, 2013 in Beaumont, Texas, USA. Films are now being accepted for consideration. We are accepting submissions in the categories of feature length, shorts, documentaries, experimental, music video, or student. We encourage both national and international filmmakers to submit their films to us via an online service such as or you can send us DVD/BLU-Ray copies by mail. W...

5th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL ALERT - Late Submission Deadline Ends May 15, 2012

Be a part of Hollywood's FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL all-favored festival event - coming August 3-5, 2012. Late Submission Deadline is May 15, 2012, and the Extended Deadline is May 20, 2012. Submit today.  We're looking for Feel-Good Feature, Short, Student Films and Screenplay submissions.  Winners share over $100,000 USD in prizes each year.  For the chance to gain exposure and distribution for your work, submit to the Feel Good Film Festival today at:


Hollywood's Laemmle Noho 7 Hollywood, CA Website:  The Feel Good Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 5th edition that takes place August 3-5, 2012 in Hollywood, CA. FGFF is devoted to helping advance the careers of filmmakers.  Filmmakers worldwide are encouraged to submit early to meet the February 29th early-bird deadline.    Submit live-action or animation, comedies or romantic comedies, fiction or non-fiction,...

Full Lineup of Films for Palm Beach International Women's Film Fest

PBWIFF 2011 FILMS: (Films and special events are subject to change) A complete film schedule will be available at after March 10 FEATURES EntreNos Producer: Joseph de la Morte and Michael Skolnik Directors: Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte Writer: Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte Cast: Paola Mendoza, Sebastian Villada Lopez &Laura Montana Cortez 2010, USA      Spanish w/ English subtitles   80 minutes       Abruptly abandon...

Ruby Mountain Film Festival's blog

The Ruby Mountain Film Festival is a 100% volunteer based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of film and video as an art, spotlighting film talent from around the world. RMFF presents a full range of storytelling through visual arts from independent and student filmmakers.

ReelshowInt 30 Second TV Commercial Playoff Competitions 2011

ReelshowInt is an international site - our competitions are international as well..!  The Competition playoff dates in 2011. There will be 4  chances to enter your film. Deadlines: February 28th   Open Now! April 30th June 30 th August 31st 2 Films will be selected from each playoff  to go through to the final which will be held in October 2011 The Competition Rules. Your version of a commercial, max running time 30 seconds. The subject matter is ...

Nordic youth film award 2011

Nordic Youth Film Competition Call for entries for the Nordic Youth Film Competition at NUFF 2011, for young directors up to 25 years of age from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Faroe Islands, Norway, North-West Russia, Estonia, Lithuania & Latvia. Read more ...

Call for Entries - 8th Naoussa International Film Festival

PARTICIPATION IN THE 8th NAOUSSA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   Submit your film in the most vivid, dynamic and innovative film festival in South East Europe!                                 Naoussa International Film Festival is in the pleasant position to announce the Call for Entries for the 8th edition, which will take place the period from 5 to 8 of May 2011. For the forthcoming edition the org...

The Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival

The Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival is for film makers ages 7 to 18 years old and their teachers. Interested in submitting, please visit or look for our Without a Box listing. We are a NO FEE festival.

Film festival returns for fifth year Actor Art LeFleur is the featured guest

Showcasing 35 of the latest independent films from around the world, the 5th annual Estes Park Film Festival will take place Sept. 17 to 19 at the Historic Park Theatre in beautiful Estes Park. Built in 1913, the Park Theatre is the oldest operating movie theatre west of the Mississippi and is on the national register of historic places. This September filmmakers, festival attendees and industry professionals from around the world will travel to Estes Park to enjoy the diverse selection of indep...

International Student Film Festival Hollywood

Hollywood is the capital city of the entertainment world. The International Student Film Festival Hollywood offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders, creating career development opportunities in their home countries as well as in the United States. The organization provides a unique venue for independent films by student filmmakers from around the world. The festival is open to students only. Participants must be undergraduate or graduate filmstudents. Students should be registered in elementary, junior high school, high school, college, university or private film schools. High school students will only compete with other high school students. Students of all ages and academic backgrounds are encouraged to join the event.

Spielbergs Of The Future

  The next Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow could be nestled in the Connecticut Film Festival's annual showcase for student films made by area filmmakers. The Connecticut Student Film Festival draws new works from local high schools and colleges, showcasing the innovation, talent and daring of a ne generation of budding film artists. The Connecticut Student Film Festival kicks off Friday with an outdoor reception  (weather permitting) across from the historic Palace Theater on...


The official procedure of films submission for participation in the 7th Naoussa International Film Festival has started. Submission is possible through the online applications submission system on our website. Before submitting your application please read carefully the Participation Terms. Deadline for submitting your film the 31st of January 2010.   On the same time starts the official procedure of films submission at the Students and Youth films department named &qu...

sixteen:nine international film festival

sixteen:nine international film festival is a student's film festival organized yearly by the students of Usha Pravin Gandhi College of Management, Mumbai, India.

If you have made a film which you think should be showcased on a wider audience and International platform, then sixteen:nine international film festival is the place to be.

So come! Showcase your talent! Send in your entries to, or contact me at my email id

Russian Online Student Filmmakers Festival 2009


Entrants must be Russian nationals who are either:

Students studying film in Russia or abroad.

Film student graduates from 2006 onwards.

Young filmmakers (high school age)

Film School entrants (class or group produced films) from 2006 onwards

  • Films entered can be from 2006 to 2009 graduation classes.
  • Dead line for Film entry is September 27th 2009.
  • Film entries can be either portfolio work – work in progress during a film course, a graduation film or other work.
  • Open to all production techniques including animation – documentary – drama and experimental or artistic film.
  • No film length restrictions.
  • No theme restrictions.
  • Films can be in either the Russian or English language. If the films are in Russian it is strongly recommended that English subtitles are provided.
  • Multiple entries by schools will be allowed.
  • Film entrants must first register on the website .
  • All films for entry must be uploaded onto the  website or mailed to the address provided. Film submissions forms must, in both cases, be filled out on line.
  •  Prize: Best Overall Film- US$500.00 and entry into The Reelshow All winners Festival 2009.
  • An International panel of judges and Reelshow International members will decide the winner.

Russian Online Student Filmmakers Festival

GUIDELINES Entrants must be Russian nationals who are either: Students studying film in Russia or abroad. Film student graduates from 2006 onwards. Young filmmakers (high school age) Film School entrants (class or group produced films) from 2006 onwards Films entered can be from 2006 to 2009 graduation classes. Dead line for Film entry is September 27th 2009. Film entries can be either portfolio work – work in progress during a film course, a graduation...


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