Latest News & Announcements
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
$15 General Admission, $11 Students & Seniors (ID Required)
November 16, 2023
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 (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 (Maura Cotter and David Waldorf)
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
Maura Cotter (Dina Ciraulo Filmmaking 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 for Light Moves)
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 for Channel Surfing)
CCSF Cinema Professor Anjali Sundaram with City Shorts Producer Peter Tyler and Filmmaker Laurel Kuo
August 23, 2023
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 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!
CCSF Cinema Alum Brit Zane and Cami Oh in Lyvia's House
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.
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
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
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.
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!