Congratulations to the 2020 Dina Ciraulo Filmmaking Scholarship winner Joey Nelson. The scholarship was announced during the virtual Q&A following the YouTube live screening of work from Caroline Blair's CINE 131 Directing Motion Pictures class on May 22. 

View the schedule for Fall 2020 Cinema Department courses. Courses are now open.

The 20th Annual City Shorts Film Festival has been postponed due to safety precautions related to Covid-19. We are still accepting applications for the program. Please visit our Submission Form and City Shorts Website for more information.

CCSF Cinema now offers

Associate in Arts in Film Studies

Certificate of Achievement in Cinema Foundations

Certificate of Achievement in Cinematography

Certificate of Achievement in Directing

Certificate of Achievement in Film Studies

Certificate of Achievement in Scriptwriting

in addition to our

Associate in Science in Cinema Production

Certificate of Achievement in Pre-Production/Producing

Please contact the Cinema Department with any questions.

Are you a recent graduate of CCSF Cinema and recently landed a job or transferred to a 4-year institution? Please let us know about your success!

Kelly Gleason - Potato

CCSF Cinema alumnus Kelly Gleason on the set of Potato, winner of Best Narrative Short at the 2019 City Shorts Film Festival


Carla Orendorff - CCSF Cinema Student Profile


Kelly Gleason - Potato

Cine 25: Narrative Filmmaking - Eva Khemelinskaya


The Cinema Department is ideally situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is home to one of the country's most vibrant film cultures and traditions. Our program is unique in the breadth of its course offerings, the quality of its instruction, and the accessibility of its equipment. As part of one of the largest, most diverse community colleges in the country, the Cinema Department is an exciting and rewarding place to study film.

The Cinema Department is equipped to fulfill a wide range of professional and academic goals. Production and studies classes include, but are not limited to: cinematography and lighting, screenwriting, directing, producing, editing, sound for motion picture, feature and documentary production, film history, aesthetics and genre/auteur studies. Students work with evolving technologies and state of the art equipment that emphasizes hands-on training and portfolio production. Film studies courses provide a historical view of film in our culture through the examination of aesthetic and technical changes in the medium. The knowledge and experience acquired in the program will prepare students to transfer to an institution of higher learning or pursue their goals in the motion picture industry.