Three student films screen at Cannes Film Festival

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SF State student films featuring time travel, hostile creatures and family dysfunction all screen at Cannes Film Festival.

Three short films by San Francisco State University cinema students are being screened at the Court Métrage (Short Film Corner) of the prestigious 2016 Cannes Film Festival this week.  

Andrés Zapata, a native of Costa Rica who studied film at SF State in 2015, produced "Father, Daughters, and Sisters," a four-minute film featuring an all-Costa Rican cast that explores topics of alcohol, sex and
family relationships.    

Yoel Iskindir, an undergraduate in the School of Cinema, first-generation American and the first in his family to attend college, produced "The Times," a five-minute film about an unwitting, 20th-century time traveler who visits an increasingly technological world. Iskindir launched a successful crowd-funding campaign to raise the funds to attend the festival.

Hannah Anderson will graduate with an MFA in cinema on May 27 and is also the photographer and filmmaker for the College of Liberal & Creative Arts Communications team. Her 11-minute film, "Hui Ying," follows a young Chinese widow as she treks through California’s varying terrain toward San Francisco and confronts a hostile creature, a manifestation of her fears and pain.

"We are very proud of all our students, particularly when they are able to screen their films internationally in a setting such as Cannes," said Britta Sjogren, chair of the School of Cinema.

Founded amid the political activism and artistic experimentation of the 1960s, the SF State School of Cinema is consistently named one of the top film schools in the nation. To learn more about the program, visit