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Festival Highlight: San Diego Student Film Festival

Paul Giret is the director of the first annual San Diego Student Film Festival and president of the San Diego City College Film Society.
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Paul Giret is the director of the first annual San Diego Student Film Festival and president of the San Diego City College Film Society.

New Student Showcase Debuts

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

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.

Catch a glimpse of the next generation of filmmakers at the first annual San Diego Student Film Festival being held Thursday April 26 from 5 to 10 p.m. at San Diego City College's Saville Theater.

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.

"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, I was surprised personally when I watched the work."

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.

"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. For anyone else who comes I think it's a good opportunity to see what's happening in San Diego and to bring together a film community that seems pretty separated at this point."

Jodi Cilley on the set of "Point of Infection," which will screen at the San Diego Student Film Festival.
Point of Infection
Jodi Cilley on the set of "Point of Infection," which will screen at the San Diego Student Film Festival.

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