End of the Year 2020 Showcase

Event Date: Friday, May 15 - 12:00 pm to Friday, May 22 - 6:00 pm
Location: Online via Video and Zoom
Cinema Logo and SFSU School of Cinema End of Year Showcase

Dear SF STATE CINEMA Community:

SFSU CINEMA'S END-OF-YEAR 2020 SHOWCASE is finally upon us. Please join us next week on May 15-22 at cinema.sfsu.edu for FILM FINALS! Be a part of our annual awards ceremonies and screenings of culminating projects, with a special Q&A with filmmakers after each screening.

This year, we have many wonderful events including two distinguished alumni speakers, an industry guest, a forum on how to get in to graduate school, and a celebration of our M.A. students! In the face of so much struggle and loss, let us celebrate the power of creativity and our community.

Thanks for sharing this time together next week! Check out the details in our poster (PDF)!


Event Details

Join us for a special celebration of SFSU School of Cinema student films, forums and guest speakers!

This year, we will be honoring the work of our students with a week-long student film showcase with special guest talks by alumni, faculty, and industry leaders.

All events can be accessed through Zoom, with videos available through Vimeo.


Guest Talks & Forums

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 12-2pm

Graduate School Advising Forum with SFSU Cinema Faculty

Discussion moderated by Sabrina Ghidossi, SFSU Cinema


FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2-3pm

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Debbie Lum

In conversation with Celine Shimizu, Director of the School of Cinema, SFSU

Debbie Lum is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her projects give voice to the Asian American experience and other unsung stories.


MONDAY, MAY 18, 1-2pm

“Film Festival Distribution and Beyond” with Giona Nazarro

In conversation with Pietro Pinto, Graduate Student, SFSU

Giona Nazarro is General Delegate of the Venice International Film Critics Week and the Visions du Réel International Film Festival programmer.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 1-2pm

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

In conversation with Elizabeth Ramirez-Soto, Assistant Professor of Cinema, SFSU

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan is Associate Professor at UCLA Film School and maker of acclaimed documentaries such as WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012)


THURSDAY, MAY 21, 12-1pm

M.A. Graduate Showcase

Moderated and introduced by Steve Choe, Associate Professor of Cinema, SFSU

A celebration for Graduates of the M.A. Program in Cinema Studies!



All films will screen on Vimeo at the times listed below followed by a live Q&A on Zoom, and then be available on Vimeo for the following 24 hours, unless otherwise indicated.

FRIDAY, MAY 15 / Q&A at 7pm*

MFA Thesis Screening #1

*Films available on Vimeo 24 hours prior to Zoom

Q&A Description: Celebrate the work of MFA filmmakers at SFSU!


SATURDAY, MAY 16 / Q&A at 7pm*

MFA Thesis Screening #2

*Films available on Vimeo 24 hours prior to Zoom

Q&A Description: Celebrate the work of MFA filmmakers at SFSU!


SUNDAY, MAY 17 / Films & Q&A at 3pm

Year-long Advanced Fiction Filmmaking

Description: A program of 17 fiction thesis films that students have made over the course of two semesters in Cine 620 & 622.


MONDAY, MAY 18 / Films & Q&A at 6pm

Short Documentaries

Description: A collection of 6-8 minute non-fiction thesis films from advanced documentary students.


TUESDAY, MAY 19 / Films & Awards at 6pm

The 60th Film Finals

Description: A tradition for over 50 years, Film Finals is the School of Cinema's annual student film competition. A jury of faculty and students select the best student films completed during the 2019-2020 academic year. Prizes and scholarships will be announced at the end of the program.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 / Films & Q&A at 3pm

Imagining Home: Real Virtuality

Description: The film showcases the student individual projects from both CINE 616: Immersive Storytelling and CINE 715: Advance Cinematography created during the COVID-19 pandemic situation under the same theme: Imagining Home: Real Virtuality.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 / Films & Q&A at 6pm

Semester-Long Advanced Fiction Filmmaking

Description: The spring semester 2020 Cine 620 students present their films that range from experimental explorations of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, to an existential analysis of self and identity, and horror narratives -- both straight-up scary and those tinged with comedy.


THURSDAY, MAY 21 / Films & Q&A at 5pm

Animation Finals

Description: A collection of animated works produced in the animation program this year!

Additional links


CINE 612 Undergraduate Showcase

Description: A showcase of one of our undergraduate filmmaking courses



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