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San Diego Student Film Festival

April 25, 2012 3:21 p.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews the new San Diego Student Film Festival.

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ANCHOR INTRO: Catch a glimpse of the next generation of filmmakers at the first annual San Diego Student Film Festival. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says it's an ambitious student-run event.

Most college campuses hold screenings of student works produced in their own film departments. But San Diego City College filmmaker Paul Giret wanted to start a showcase where young filmmakers from all over the county could gather, network, and share their films.

PAUL GIRET: We had 65 films submitted from 8 different campuses all over San Diego of which 30 films will be showing. We have 4 different categories so we are ranging anywhere from horror films, short films all the way over to commercials that were produced by students and everything is really high production quality.

Giret is the director of the new San Diego Student Film Festival, which will be awarding cash prizes in 4 categories. Jodi Cilley is a filmmaker helping the festival with marketing and with running an online Kickstarter fundraiser. She says the festival helps to bring a diverse film community together in one place.

JODI CILLEY: It's a great opportunity to see what's being produced in San Diego by other students, see what's out there and meet other filmmakers who will potentially be great people to work with in the future.

The San Diego Student Film Festival is tomorrow night from 5 to 10pm at San Diego City College's Saville Theater.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.