Photos from Film Finals 59

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The historic Roxie Theater.
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Concessions served by wonderful Roxie staff member Semaj
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Emcees Professors Alex Nevill and Elizabeth Ramirez-Soto
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Wyatt Irman (L) wins the Outstanding Achievement in Mise-en-scene Award and Linhdan Le wins the Filmmaker Voice Award (Sponsored by Canon)
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Princess Grace Award nominee Nader Bahu

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Grand Jury Prize goes to Maddy Graves! This year’s top award is generously sponsored by Light Iron Digital Post, A Panavision Company
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Colin Horan, former Film Finals student, wins an Outstanding Achievement in Production Award

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A packed house!
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Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors for Film Finals 59! See you at our 60th anniversary in 2020!



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59th Film Finals Official Selection

Thank you to everyone who submitted and congratulations to those selected! We appreciate all your hard work in creating these projects over the past school year. Here is the program for the 59th Annual Film Finals. You can catch all of these on May 21st at the Roxie. Tickets can be bought here.

YuHui (Judei) Yang, “Taiwanese Cha Cha Cha,” 15 min. Two young girls set out for a secret journey against their parents’ will in order to reconnect back with their grandparents.

Noah Namgoong, “Pretty Boy Swag,” 4 min. An homage to Soulja Boy.

Asali Echols, “The Violin Upstairs,” 3 min. A short animated documentary that tells the story of the previous owners of the filmmaker’s violin.

Still from “The Violin Upstairs.”

Maddy Graves, “Conditional,” 8 min. A teenage track star finds the one thing she can’t run away from: her mother.

Still from “Conditional.”

Alexander Gonzalez, “Wet Paint,” 5 min. A lonely painting must be recognized before it disappears into nothingness, all without making a sound.

Still from “Wet Paint.”

Colin Horan, “Liú Shou (Left Behind Children),” 10 min. To most rural living Chinese, greater economic prosperity lies in construction of urban infrastructure and modernization of a rapidly growing economy. Many leave their homes, to the bigger metropolitan areas, in hopes of making enough money to send their kids to school; in addition to, provide financial support for themselves and their distant family. 69 million children are annually “left behind” to be raised by their grandparents. Many children are only able to see their parents, once a year, during the Chinese New Year Celebration.

Jeffrey Dublin, “Magical Girl Sparring Practice,” 3 min. A stop motion animation of two friends practicing their combat skills against each other to prove that they are equally capable. Magical powers included.

Still from “Magical Girl Sparring Practice.”

Ellie Vanderlip, “Their Feet Flat on the Floor,” 6 min. 16mm found footage direct animation and sound collage about voyeurism, trauma, belief, and recovery.

Still from “Their Feet Flat on the Floor.”

Jessica Le, “No Forks in the Road,” 14 min. At a rest stop, May’s newly found friendship with a stranger leaves her at a crossroads with her cultural identity.

Still from “No Forks in the Road.”

Wyatt Irmen, “Sacrifice,” 3 min. To what ends would you go to save the one you love? How much of yourself will you give up?

Still from “Sacrifice.”

Domonik Hernandez, “Grandma Said it’s like a Silent Movie,” 3 min. An experimental short film.

Still from “Grandma Said it’s like a Silent Movie.”

Lindhan Le, “When I Close My Eyes,” 3 min. An ode to my girlfriend. Queers imprinted on black and white celluloid. WARNING: flicker effect may induce seizures.

Still from “When I Close My Eyes.”

Sepideh Khosrowjah, “Lemon Cake,” 9 min. The fears and anxieties of aging as a woman, in a society where older women are made invisible.

Haley Gilchrist, “Art Instruction,” 1 min. A short experimental animation using Play-Doh to poke fun at how artists sometimes take ourselves, our educations, and our processes too seriously.

Anaiis Cisco, “Drip Like Coffee,” 17 min. An intimate portrait of a Black woman whose desire for her female co-worker complicates her relationship with her boyfriend.

Still from “Drip Like Coffee.”

Tickets on sale now!

Tickets for the 59th Annual Film Finals on May 21, 2019 are now available through the Roxie Theater’s main website. Don’t miss out!


Submissions are now closed

Thank you to all of those who have submitted! Standby for the jury’s decisions….


Submissions Open Wednesday, May 1st!

Deadline for submission is Friday, May 10th at 11:59PM.



• Only Cinema Major students at SFSU can apply (undergrad or graduate).

• All submitted projects must have been made for a class or independent study during the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar (Summer/2018 included).

• All narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, etc. projects are eligible.

• Submitted projects can be shot in any format.

• No piece may be longer than 20 minutes.

• Students may submit more than one project for consideration.

Click here to visit the submit page.



Click Here to See the Teaser!

The teaser is here! Some of our SFSU Cinema students have created a preview of this year’s Film Finals!

The teaser trailer for the 59th Annual Film Finals.

Thanks to the Design Team for going out to the Roxie Theater and capturing some amazing shots.


Behind the Scenes from the 59th Annual Film Finals Teaser Shoot

Our production team got permission from the Roxie to film the teaser for the 59th Annual Film Finals. Below are BTS photos that were taken at the shoot. The teaser will be released sometime in the upcoming weeks – stay tuned!

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59th Annual Film Finals – Stay Tuned!

We are hard at work rolling out the next Film Finals! Make sure to follow us on our social media to stay updated on our progress!





Program List


Flock Together // Alexander Irwin
Three proud birds of distinct feathers converge upon the same territory and fly into battle.

RACE // Natalya Sharapova
RACE is an experimental personal documentary.

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My Mother, Myself, and I // King Yaw Soon
Four long takes, four mother-son moments, one unspoken truth.

Lux // Saida Edwards
The power of sisterhood encourages an unsure woman to embrace her autonomy.

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Fish // Allan Law
A young couple’s relationship troubles and events that transpire over the course of a day and a half that will change their for better or for worse.

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Into the Night // Chris Camacho
Set during the impoverished U.S. of 2008, an adamant young woman uncovers the truth about her convoluted father on her way home.

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SUN / SON // Zane Timpson
A visual accompaniment to Bill Moran’s poem “BOWIE KNIFE,” this film dives into the red recesses of memory.

#Me Too // Kimberly Gutierrez
Short documentary following the stories of three people and their experiences of sexual harassment, set to an experimental animation.

GYRL // Anaiis Cisco
GYRL follows Skylar, an eleven-year-old basketball player, forced to care for her ill and sexually abusive father during her weekend visit.

My Body for Bokchoy // David Mai
Set in San Francisco in 1906, the daughter of an unnamed Chinese woman employs herself as a sex worker in order to survive.

Look, Listen, Take Heed // Grace Villaroman
Experimental animation briefly exploring the skewed perception of misogynistic and rape culture.

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Salvación // Raquel Ramirez
Fernanda, a young Mexican girl, ventures to the other side of the Mexico/US border to escape an aggressively intolerant homophobic home.

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Bite Me, Please // Christopher Wooten
In a post apocalyptic world where zombies and humans live side by side, teens struggle with parents who still don’t understand.

The Lobster // Joe Barnett
A Lobster tries to destroy a city but is meet by a brave civilian.

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Shoe Shiner // Andrés Gallegos
Contextualized in 1989, Chile, the short film narrates the story of a shoe-shining boy, his struggle to survive and the loss of his innocence.