By Natasha Dangond

If you treasure independent filmmaking, then City College’s 15th annual City

Shorts Student Film Festival is up your alley.

The festival is scheduled for May 14 in the Diego Rivera Theater. It kicks off with

a 6 p.m. reception featuring refreshments, a photo booth, and the music of Flybys,

followed by the 7 p.m. screening and an awards ceremony.

The college’s cinema department sponsors the annual event that showcases the

works of students in the film exhibition class.

Although there were 52 entries, some 10 to 15 films were selected, said Jake

Sperling, director of social marketing for the Cinema Department. A panel of students,

along with professionals from the local film industry, will determine the best work

presented that nigh. They will be honored at the closing awards ceremony.

“Our goal is to have the best of the best displayed at this event,” he said.

A small team of about seven people in the department has been working hard to

pull the event together and raise money from sponsors, according to Sperling. “This is a

community based event. We were successful in getting local businesses to help out,” he


Considered one of most unique film festivals in the Bay Area, City Shorts,

according to Sperling, usually attracts a near full-house capacity.

Suggested donation for the festival is $3. The historic Diego Rivera Theatre is

located at the Ocean Campus.


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