CalArtians Selected as 2023 Fine Cut Festival Finalists

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Innovative work by student filmmakers will be showcased during the upcoming 24th season of KCET’s Fine Cut Festival of Films, which presents an annual slate of animation, documentary, and narrative short films. The 2023 lineup features 30 shorts by festival finalists, six of which were created by CalArtians Michelle Tang (Film/Video BFA 23), Si Yi Lee (Film/Video BFA 26), Zoé Lacau (Film/Video BFA 23), Christina Woo (Film/Video BFA 23), Yoonhyung Choi (Film/Video BFA 25), and Mina Chacko (Film/Video BFA 25). 

The festival will air in one-hour blocks on KCET over the course of six weeks running from Friday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Oct. 27 at 10 pm. Many films will also be available for streaming at KCET’s website, as well as the free PBS app.

The 2023 finalists were selected from a pool of more than 350 submissions, representing more than 40 Southern California film schools. Finalists are up for four awards: one each for the animation, documentary, and narrative genres, as well as the Jack Larson Southern California Student Filmmaker Award. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Among the judging panel of nine industry professionals is CalArts alum Elizabeth Ito (Film/Video BFA 04). 

See the programming of CalArtian films below.

Week Two: “Distance Between Us” — Friday, Sept. 29

“The Bowl”: Si Yi Lee (Film/Video BFA 26)

“A Train to Nowhere”: Zoé Lacau (Film/Video BFA 23)

Week Four: “Finding Good in the Bad” — Friday, Oct. 13

“Pipe Dreams”: Christina Woo (Film/Video BFA 23)

“Resilience”: Yoonhyung Choi (Film/Video BFA 25)

Week Five: “Creative Expression” — Friday, Oct. 20

“Lunch Hour”: Mina Chacko (Film/Video BFA 25)

Week Six: “Down a Dark Road” — Friday, Oct. 27

“The Borrower’s Hypnotist”: Michelle Tang (Film/Video BFA 23)

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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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