Britta Sjogren

Director, School of Cinema
(415) 338-1629
Building: Fine Arts
Room Number: FA 245A - Monday, hours TBA


Sjogren’s films have received awards in such diverse venues as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Rio FEMINA, Atlanta, Aspen, and been included in special international showcases at Creteil’s Festival of Films by Women and the Locarno International Film Festival.  Her most recent feature, "Redemption Trail", a contemporary Western about two powerful, troubled women whose unexpected encounter sparks an opportunity to make peace with the violence and tragedy that has derailed their lives.  "Redemption Trail" premiered at the prestigious Mill Valley International Film Festival, winning an audience award.  Her other features include "In This Short Life" (2005), a neorealist docu-fiction about choices — big and small — and their consequences, and "Jo-Jo at the Gate of Lions" (1992), a modern Joan-of-Arc tale.  Sjogren’s short, "A Small Domain", a fable about a solitary woman in her 90s who kidnaps a baby, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 1996 Sundance Festival, and a dozen other top festival awards. Sjogren is a Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of the AFI Independent Filmmaker grant and the CineReach award for Best Screenplay Minority Protagonist, among other honors. She has programmed film series for the Creteil Festival and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University and is author of a book on female voice and sound in film, Into the Vortex: Female Voice and Paradox in Film. She co-founded the production company Dire Wolf in 2007.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications & Filmography:


  • "Redemption Trail" (director, writer), 2013
  • "In This Short Life" (director, writer, actor), 2005
  • "A Small Domain", short, (director, writer), 1996
  • "Jo-Jo at the Gate of Lions" (director, writer), 1992


  • "Into the Vortex: Female Voice and Paradox in Film", University of Illinois Press, 2006