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February 6, 2024


23rd Annual City Shorts Film Festival


The 23rd Annual City Shorts Film Festival will take place at the

The Big Roxie Auditorium, 3117 16th Street (at Valencia St.) (Date/Time TBA)

2024 City Shorts Poster

City Shorts will be accepting applications for the 2024 Festival on February 7.

Submissions are due Friday March 29th, MIDNIGHT.

2024 City Shorts Application


November 16, 2023


11th Annual Festival of the Moving Image

December 10, 2023 @ 12:30pm-2:30pm at the Roxie Theatre

The 11th Annual FMI screening will take place at the

Roxie Theatre, 3125 16th Street (at Valencia St.)

$15 General Admission, $11 Students & Seniors (ID Required)

11th Annual Festival of the Moving Image Poster


November 16, 2023

Holiday Arts Sale and Celebration!
Food! Live Music! Movies! Art for Sale!
Thursday, December 7th from 11-6pm*
Visual Arts building lobby 
*Happy hour with food and music 4-6pm

Mark your calendars - this is the end of the year event for the School of Fine, Applied, and Communication Arts 

Art, VMD, Cinema, Music, Journalism, BEMA, and Photo will all be represented at the event. 

Cinema will be showing work in V115.

September 19, 2023


Congratulations to CCSF Cinema student Lizzy Myers. Lizzy's short film Countertransference will soon screen in an exhibition of Bay Area artists as part of the de Young Open 2023. The exhibition runs September 30, 2023 through January 7. 2024.

Countertransference, dir. Lizzy Myers

Countertransference (Lizzy Myers)


Filmmakers Adam Amaya and Lizzy Myers

Filmmakers Adam Amaya and Lizzy Myers


August 28, 2023


Congratulations to current CCSF Cinema students and alumni Connor Casey, Maura Cotter, Diana Hartman, and David Waldorf on their acceptance to the 2023 Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema program.

Maura and David's documentary short The Freeway Greenway and Diana's narrative short Sail Away will screen as part of the Film Crawl on Cortland program on September 8 at 7pm/8pm/9pm.

The Freeway Greenway

The Freeway Greenway (Maura Cotter and David Waldorf)


Sail Away

Sail Away (Diana Hartman)


Connor's narrative short Neutraface will screen as part of the Under the Stars at Precita Park program on September 8 at 7pm.


Neutraface (Connor Casey)


August 25, 2023


Congratulations to Maura Cotter, recipient of the 2023 Dina Ciraulo Filmmaking Scholarship and Charlie Wittke, recipient of the 2023 Doug Punsalan Memorial Scholarship.

Maura Cotter (Denah Ciraulo Filmmkaing Scholarship)

Maura Cotter (Dina Ciraulo Filmmaking Scholarship)


Charlie Wittke (Doug Punsalan Memorial Scholarship)

Charlie Wittke (Doug Punsalan Memorial Scholarship)


August 25, 2023


Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 City Shorts Film Festival held at the Roxie Theater.

Catharine Finsness (Winner Best Experimental Film)

Catharine Finsness (Winner: Best Experimental Film for Light Moves)


Laurel Kuo (Winner Best Narrative) and Alejo Perez-Stable Husni (Winner Best Documentary)

Laurel Kuo (Winner: Best Narrative for No Return Address) and Alejo Perez-Stable Husni (Winner: Best Documentary for Los colores del intestino son tan indos)


Adam Amaya (Honorable Mention) Channel Surfing

Adam Amaya (Honorable Mention for Channel Surfing)


Fest Producer Peter Tyler and Filmmaker Laurel Kuo

CCSF Cinema Professor Anjali Sundaram with City Shorts Producer Peter Tyler and Filmmaker Laurel Kuo


August 23, 2023


Poster - FREMONT

Fremont (Babak Jalali, 2023)

CCSF Cinema Department faculty member and producer Chris Martin's new film Fremont premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in January and recently screened at the Roxie Theater. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker recently gave the film a favorable review. Congratulations Chris!


April 4, 2023


CCSF Cinema Alumni Success: Lyvia's House

Director Niko Volonakis

Director and CCSF Cinema Alum Niko Volonakis

CCSF Cinema Department Alumni Niko Volonakis and Brit Zane have completed production on Lyvia's House, a feature-length thriller that is having great success on the festival circuit. The film, directed by Volonakis and featuring Zane in a supporting role, has garnered several festival awards including: four awards at the Sin City Film Festival in Las Vegas, including Best Feature, and an Honorable Distinction in Directing Award at the Athens International Digital Film Festival. Congratulations to our talented alumni on their success!

Brit Zane and Cami Oh in Lyvia's House

CCSF Cinema Alum Brit Zane and Cami Oh in Lyvia's House

Press Release

Lyvia’s House, an indie psychological thriller filmed in northern California, will be hosted by Cinelounge Tiburon for a weekend of screenings from Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, on the heels of its Oscar-qualifying run at Cinelounge Sunset in Los Angeles, April 21 through April 27.

Loosely inspired by a series of true-life murders that took place in the orchards of Sutter County, California, the film follows a young journalist and her lover who have recently moved into the former home of a disappeared Italian artist named Lyvia.

Lyvia’s House has garnered several festival awards thus far, including Honorable Distinction in Directing at Athens International Digital Film Festival, and Best Female Screenwriter at Toronto International Women's Film Festival.

Each night, following the 6:30 pm showing, there will be a meet-and-greet/Q&A session with the film’s screenwriter and producer, Patricia V. Davis, who is a former resident of Tiburon. Joining her will be the film's director, Redwood High School/ CCSF cinema production alumnus, Niko Volonakis, and the film's director of photography, Sacramento-based Cody Martin.

The audience will also be invited to participate in “Lyvia Trivia,” a game for film aficionados that earns entry into a fun movie merch drawing. All of this in the extraordinary setting of the Cinelounge Tiburon, which features luxury seating, hot organic foods, bar beverages, and its famous gourmet popcorn.

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March 8, 2023


City Shorts 2023 is now accepting entries. The festival will take place at the Roxie Theater on Sunday, May 21, 2023 1pm-3pm

The extended deadline for submissions is April 14, 2023

Submission Form for 2023 City Shorts


Have a question? Email the 2023 City Shorts Team at


  • The festival accepts submissions of any category: narrative, documentary, experimental
  • All submissions must be under 15 minutes in length, including titles
  • Submissions that recreate scenes or that contain gratuitous sex or violence will not be considered
  • Submissions must have been produced from Spring 2021 through Spring 2023 as work for one of the following courses: 
    • CINE 24: Basic Film Production 
    • CINE 25: Narrative Filmmaking
    • CINE 54: Cinematography & Lighting
    • CINE 56: Introduction to Digital Film Editing
    • CINE 57: Experimental Filmmaking
    • CINE 60: Sound for Motion Pictures I
    • CINE 61: Sound for Motion Pictures II
    • CINE 74: Advanced Cinematography & Lighting
    • CINE 126: Documentary Filmmaking
    • CINE 131: Directing Motion Pictures
    • CINE 136: Special Effects
  • Submissions previously screened at the City Shorts Film Festival are not eligible
2023 City Shorts Poster



January 16, 2023


The CCSF Cinema Department is looking for a group of dedicated students to organize and program City Shorts for 2023. The festival will take place in May 2023. We need to have all volunteers committed by the first week of February 2023.

Students may be able to earn CINE 170 Work Experience credit for working on the festival. Please contact the CINE 170 coordinator Anjali Sundaram for more information about earning CINE 170 Work Experience credit.

Please contact Kevin Sherman or Anjali Sundaram for more information about working on the festival.

City Shorts



October 1, 2021


Student and Alumni Films screen at the BERNAL HEIGHTS OUTDOOR CINEMA.


Friday, October 1: Carl Lischke’s short Guest Artist and Paige Bierma’s documentary Rubber Tramps Rendezvous in the Desert

Saturday, October 2: Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Friday, October 29: Latiece Brown’s Turfin

Congratulations to Latiece Brown, winner of the Bernal Bright Star Award!


May 21, 2020


“Director Joe Talbot (Last Black Man in San Francisco) reflects on his time at City College.”



December 9, 2019


CCSF Cinema Faculty Nancy Kelly will screen the 4K digital restoration of her film Thousand Pieces of Gold at the Roxie Theater on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 pm. The screening is free. Please RSVP at  Splashthat by Sunday, December 15, 2019. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.


February 2, 2019


Congratulations to CCSF Cinema Department alumni Joe Talbot & Tina Takemoto for their recent wins at the 2019 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Talbot's The Last Black Man in SF won both the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award and U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Creative Collaboration at Sundance while Takemoto's Wayward Emulsions took home the Experimental Shorts Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance!