Bay Area Student Shorts

Finally! A film festival for Bay Area students!

Finally! A film festival for Bay Area students!

Finally! A film festival for Bay Area students!Finally! A film festival for Bay Area students!Finally! A film festival for Bay Area students!

About Us

Our Mission

The Bay Area Student Shorts is a film festival put on by students for students. Our founder Kasey James, a bay area student, saw that there was a lack of film opportunities for Bay Area students and decided to do something about it. We are dedicated to provide a venue for Bay Area students to showcase their work and make connections with other student film makers. 

Our Festival

Our festival this year will be held at the Saint Mary's College of California's Soda  Center on February 28, 2020 at 7:00pm. Make sure to apply by January 26th!

Submit

Want to submit a film? Scroll down to our submission section!

The deadline to submit is January 26th! 

2020 Program

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Director: Maddy Graves

University: San Fransisco State University

Genre: Narrative

Alex, a high-school runner and only child, is preparing her school lunch with the efficiency of an old pro. She asks her mother - still in bed - for a ride but her mom doesn't respond. Chatting with her friend after practice, Alex gets defensive about missing a recent party. She'd been taking care of her mother. Alex dyes her hair: the sink a bold shade of red. In the morning, Alex's mother suggests they go to a Depeche Mode concert, a band they loved when Alex was much younger, but Alex is dismissive. Alex's mother responds by criticizing her new hair color (one of many transformations she's noticed in her daughter) and Alex snaps back with an infantilizing comment about her mother needing to take her medication. Alex storms off, goes for a run, and sees a mother and son playing happily at a park. She returns home and leaves a note inviting her mother to Alex's race. Her mother doesn't show up and Alex comes home to confront her. Finding her disoriented and bleeding in bed, Alex realizes she's had another seizure - she patiently cares for her mother and, in doing so, accepts the conditions of her mother's love.  

Mask

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Director: Sejal Bahl 

University: Saint Mary's College of CA

Genre: Experimental

This film is about masking emotions and putting them under the rug. It is about plastering smiles for maintaining a happy “public-image” but being sad on the inside. It is open to interpretation, I say this mainly to imply that for you it could be about “social pressure”, “mental health”, “the idea of self”, “dual-personality” and the list can go on. But to me, it is about this feeling of being “trapped” in the illusion of a social mask. A mask we put on in front of the world, and how this very mask suffocates us by mentally trapping us. To all those people who feel trapped and stuck mentally, you aren’t alone <3 Through this film, I try to bring awareness to the importance of mental health in the age of social-media.

Everything Happens to Me

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Director: Caleb d'Oleire 

University: University of San Fransisco

Genre: Narrative

Winston loses himself after attempting to navigate the complex and complicated world of online dating.

Las Mujeres Se Levantan

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Directors: Sophia Warren, Angelica Balma, Megan Hackleman, Alex Brunson, Grayson Kirch

University: Saint Mary's College of CA

Genre: Documentary 

In 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by two devastating hurricanes. The island was left in shambles, dealing with lack of water, food and support from government. However, this event ignited a passion for change. While working with the community of Loíza in January of 2019, our team met and learned from powerful women channeling their anger and suffering towards a common goal to reunite their communities. Not only did they do this, but they have now left a lasting mark of transformative feminine progress on the island and our own lives. This film is dedicated to the women of Puerto Rico, working tirelessly, selflessly and lovingly for the good of every person, no matter the walk of life they may come from.   Puerto Rico se Levanta. Las Mujeres se Levantan. 

Wrangler

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Director: Adam Roekner

University: San Fransisco State University

Genre: Narrative

A family is brought together by the love of their Jeep, and torn apart by the death of their father. As the son tries to repair the Jeep, the mother attempts to repair their broken family.

Run

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Director: Mike Milazo

University: Diablo Valley College

Genre: Experimental

Getting back in shape is often an uphill battle.

All These Moments Will Be Lost in Time

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Director: E Daley

University: Mills College 

Genre: Experimental 

A found-footage collage dedicated to the late, multi-talented artist, David Wojnarowicz. Wojnarowicz has been the voice most relevantly accompanying my own personal grief, my reckoning with queerness/queer-phobia, and my development as an artist. The sound excerpts were collaged from a video recording of Wojnarowicz's reading of his memoir, Close to the Knives. This was the last public reading he gave before he died of AIDS at 37 years old in 1992.

Rhythms

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Director: Sam Vargen

University: Diablo Valley College

Genre: Narrative

In the wake of a tragedy, a young African-American musician navigates a rehearsal session with his white best friend.

Channel 3

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Director: Domonik Hernandez 

University: San Fransisco State University

Genre: Narrative

A VHS home movie enthusiast finds a tape he may or may have not wanted to see.

Roots - Episode 3

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Director: Abby Asuncion 

Genre: Documentary

University: University of San Fransisco 

Roots is a docuseries featuring first generation students of color. Each episode focuses on their narratives of their intersectionalities and how they affect them both as a student and as a POC in America. In the third episode of the series, Alaina Aflague Arroyo discusses what it's like growing up mixed race, heritage, the misconceptions associated with her cultures, and creating spaces for students on campus associated with those cultures

I Love You, I'm Sorry

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Director: Ariel Grier 

University: Santa Clara University 

Genre: Experimental 

I repurpose an apology letter from my mother into a love letter to myself, my body, and my sexuality.

Thereafter

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Director: Jared Lombardo 

University: San Fransisco State University

Genre: Narrative

A widowed father must temporarily move himself and his daughter into a motel while struggling to come to terms with his newfound situation.

SUBMISSIONS

WHERE TO SUBMIT

 Click here to submit via google forms

https://forms.gle/a1KTZe5sMsHXFXSz7


Click here to submit via FilmFreeway

https://filmfreeway.com/BASS

SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY

- Student must be enrolled or graduated within 2 years of a SF Bay Area University or Junior College. Proof of student ID is required.
- Video must be between 1 and 35 minutes long.
- Films must have been created during your time as a student.
- Shorts which have been screened in other festivals or online can be submitted.
- All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles.
- Work-in-progress films are accepted if final product is submitted by February 15th.

SCHEDULING

- Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of BASS. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the creators schedule, BASS reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason.
- No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

Events

January 26, 2020

Submission Deadline

Event Details

January 26, 2020

Submission Deadline

Want to submit your short film to BASS? This is the date to do it by! Scroll to our submission section and get started!

February 10, 2020

Submission Notification

Event Details

February 10, 2020

Submission Notification

You submitted your film, now what? Well, on this date we will let you know if your film made it or not! Good luck students!

February 28, 2020

The Bay Area Student Shorts Film Festival

7pm - 10pm

Soda Center at Saint Mary's College of CA

Event Details

February 28, 2020

The Bay Area Student Shorts Film Festival

Come on by to see the best films Bay Area student have to offer. Hand selected by our distinguished jury you'll be able to see a variety of ...

Event Details

7pm - 10pm

Soda Center at Saint Mary's College of CA

Our Jurors

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Laura Elayne Miller

Laura Elayne Miller is an Interdisciplinary Artist and Filmmaker, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Saint Mary’s College of California. 

Her work has been shown in the USA and Europe, including exhibitions/screenings at Albus Lux Gallery, The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Arcade Gallery, The Mission Projects, Krasl Art Museum, Artists’ Television Access, and Fort Mason. She has held several artist-in-residence positions, most recently at Lane College in Oregon where she created the commissioned video and artwork, Reading A Wave. Over the course of her career, Laura has worked as a Director, Producer, DP, and Editor for film, commercials and television, with clients such as MTV, BET, Coca Cola, and BBC America. Laura holds a BA in Theatre from Fordham University, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College. 

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David Benin

David Benin is an educator, scholar and digital media producer working at the intersections of identity, technology, and affect. He designs games, produces videos and most urgently teaches in the communication department at Saint Mary’s College of California. 

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Jason Jakaitis

Jason Jakaitis is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Saint Mary's College, and award-winning creator of poetic nonfiction across a variety of storytelling mediums. His film Mothersbane won Best Short Documentary at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Jason created Web-native storytelling curriculum for Mozilla’s interactive filmmaking software Popcornmaker, as well as a geo-located audio walking tour of the Black Panthers civil rights struggles in North Oakland. Jason served as the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Director of Independent Media, supervising Public Access Television for the City of San Francisco and facilitating a range of community storytelling programs.

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We need your help!

BASS is a student run festival dedicated to creating more opportunities for student filmmakers in the Bay Area. In order to keep it running we would love for you to donate. Anything helps! 


Please consider donating to our gofundme. 

http://gf.me/u/wqtzf5


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Contact Us

Do you have questions about our festival? Email us for any inquires!

BASS@bayareastudentshorts.com

1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, California 94556, United States

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