“Spaghetti Romance”—a short film directed by Santa Monica College film production student Carrie Finklea and coproduced by SMC and CinemadaMare—has been accepted into the 20th American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. This is the third SMC student film to screen at the showcase.
SMC student and director of “Spaghetti Romance” Carrie Finklea (right) on set at CinemadaMare in Italy.
Third Film Directed by a Santa Monica College Student to be Screened at Showcase
April 14, 2017
SANTA MONICA, CA—Santa Monica College (SMC) is pleased to announce that
“Spaghetti Romance”—a short film written and directed by SMC student
Carrie Finklea—has been accepted into
The 20th American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase during the
2017 Cannes Film Festival. SMC is the only
U.S. community college represented in the showcase; other student filmmakers featured hail from
School of Visual Arts, UCLA, USC, and the
American Film Institute, among others.
The third SMC student film to screen at
The American Pavilion, “Spaghetti Romance” was co-produced by SMC and
Italy-based international and traveling film festival for filmmakers from over 65 countries. Four SMC film production students—including director Carrie Finklea and lead actress
Ronja Jansz—were selected to participate in the festival last summer. “Spaghetti Romance” was one of the many films shot during
“Spaghetti Romance”—which will screen in the
Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase category—is set in
Sicily, where the protagonist, Abby, meets her girlfriend’s conservative mother for the first time and has to bridge cultural and generational gaps.
"It's a great honor and responsibility to attend
Cannes representing Santa Monica College, where almost half of the filmmakers are women—something far above the current state of affairs in
Hollywood,” said Finklea. “I want to continue making films that have something to say and that represent women with equity, complexity, and dignity."
A total of 25 short films and documentaries by emerging filmmakers from around the world were selected for the showcase focusing on themes as diverse as the refugee crisis, terrorism, climate change, and bullying. “This year’s showcase promotes cultural diversity amongst the films and filmmakers and I’m excited that more than half of the finalist films are directed by women,” said
Monika Skerbelis, Programming Director.
SMC student films have won numerous accolades—including a
BAFTA nomination, the
Panavision Limelight Award at the
Ojai Film Festival, Best Short Drama at the
San Diego Film Festival, Best Short at the
Prague Independent Film Festival, Special Mention at the
International Festival of Film Schools in
Munich, and Winner at the
Women's Independent Film Festival—and have been selected to screen in numerous prestigious domestic and international film festivals.
“The mission of SMC’s film program is to provide the highest level of education at the lowest possible cost, and to ensure that our students' films have artistic integrity and challenge the
world we live in,” said SMC Film Professor Salvador Carrasco, who heads the film production division. “‘Spaghetti Romance’ is the perfect example of this; we couldn't be prouder of the work produced by our student filmmakers."
Several films that have played at The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase have gone on to be shortlisted for
Academy Award nominations. More information on
The American Pavilion at Cannes.
SMC offers an Associate of Science degree and Certificate of Achievement in film production. To learn more, visit
www.smc.edu/filmproduction or email
Carrasco_Salvador@smc.edu. The film program—as well as the films that come out of it—is on YouTube as the “Santa Monica College Film Program” channel.
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