Adam Musa Othman Wins Best Animation at KCET’s 2022 Fine Cut Festival

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The 23rd season of KCET’s Fine Cut Festival of Films kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 21, with recent CalArts graduate Adam Musa Othman (Film/Video BFA 22) taking home Best Animation for his short “Horned Cook, Gola.” Othman, as well as several other CalArtian animators, will have their short films screened over the course of six weeks.

Alongside the winners of the Documentary and Narrative prizes, Othman’s film will screen at the 2022 Newport Beach Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 8-10 pm at THE LOT Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California. The winners will also receive a variety of prize packages valued at more than $30,000.

This year’s festival programming was selected from more than 300 films submitted by student filmmakers enrolled in more than 40 schools across Southern California. Among the eight judges judging the 2022 Fine Cut submissions is City of Ghosts creator and CalArts alum Elizabeth Ito (Film/Video BFA 04). 

Each of this year’s six episodes feature at least one film by a CalArtian, all of whom were listed as competition finalists. Learn more about this year’s Fine Cut programming and more at KCET.

Episode Guide

“Where Do I Fit?”: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 10 pm on KCET | Thursday, Sept. 22, 11 pm on Link TV 

The first CalArtian film to screen at Fine Cut is D Morales’ (Film/Video BFA 24) “Volador,” in which a young boy faces his fears as he attempts his first volador, an enduring Mesoamerican traditional dance. 

“Pairs”: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10 pm on KCET | Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 pm on Link TV

Two films by current CalArts students air the second week of programming. In Michelle Tang’s (Film/Video BFA 23) BFA3 film “The Twins,” a sibling rivalry between grade schoolers Lake and Lucas gets out of hand.

A girl with insomnia befriends a mysterious celestial figure in Christina Wu’s (Film/Video BFA 25) “mr. sun.” 

“Family Struggles”: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 pm on KCET | Thursday, Oct. 13, 11 pm on Link TV

Episode three includes “Something Fishy” by Christina Woo (Film/Video BFA 23), in which pet goldfish Jessica harbors reservations about her owner Sara’s new boyfriend.

“Live With It”- Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 pm on KCET | Thursday, Oct. 20, 11 pm on Link TV

Adam Musa Othman’s (Film/Video BFA 22) winning film “Horned Cook, Gola” airs the fourth week of Fine Cut, featuring a dragon who “enters his living room struggling to remember something important.”

“I’ve Got This”- Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10 pm on KCET | Thursday, Oct. 20, 11 pm on Link TV

Kelly Wang’s (Film/Video BFA 24) second year film “Blast Off,” an intergalactic tale about teamwork and cooperation, screens during the fifth episode.

“You’re Still Out There”- Wednesday, Nov. 2, 10 pm on KCET | Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 pm on Link TV

Two CalArts films wrap up Fine Cut’s sixth and final episode. 

In “Night Cruise” by Claire Seckler (Film/Video BFA 25), a man drifting off to sleep gains a new perspective. 

Michelle Cheng’s (Film/Video BFA 23) second year film “Birdsong” is based on late biologist and conservationist John Sincock’s study of the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, a native Hawaiʻian bird that went extinct.

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PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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