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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 deadline for submissions is March 31, 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!