Lidia Szajko has been teaching at CCSF since 1999, and has served as Chair of the Cinema Department since 2001. She is proud to be part of the stellar community of students, staff and faculty filmmakers that comprise our program.
Szajko is dedicated to the vibrant world of filmmaking, for which she is preparing her students. She believes in the transcendent nature of film as an art form, and as a tool for social change. She is committed to creating a rigorous learning environment in which students learn mastery over their craft, while challenging and supporting them to be true to their personal vision.
As an independent filmmaker her work has screened on the acclaimed national PBS series Independent Lens and at festivals around the globe. Her films explore social and human rights issues and the dilemmas of otherness. Her work has won awards such as the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Isabella Liddell Art Award for Most Promising Woman Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Award of Merit at Superfest XVIII, An International Media Festival on Disabilities in Berkeley.
Szajko was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the San Francisco Film Commission from 2001-2003.
In 2002 she co-founded Critical Images, Inc., a non-profit independent production company dedicated to the creation and promotion of social issue media.
Since 2004 she has been a member-owner of New Day Films: a filmmaker-run distribution company providing award-winning films to educators since 1971. Democratically run by more than 100 filmmaker members, New Day delivers over 150 titles that illuminate, challenge and inspire.
Lidia Szajko’s other interests include: family, things Hungarian, alternative narratives, art, feminism, the great outdoors, music and photography.