Cinema grad makes it to Cinéfondation finals at Cannes

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 14:29

The Cinema Department is pleased to announce that a film by Joey Izzo, 2012 graduate of Cinema’s M.F.A. program, has been selected as a finalist in the competition for a Cinéfondation Prize. San Mateo County's The Daily Journal interviewed Joey Izzo for this article, published on May 4.

Joey’s film STEPSISTER was one of eighteen finalists selected out of 1,550 submissions from around the world – and one of three finalists from the U.S. Three films will be awarded a Cinéfondation Prize at a ceremony on May 24 preceding the screening of the winning films. Joey will attend; he commented that STEPSISTER “marks the first film from San Francisco State University AND San Francisco to be selected for Cannes Cinéfondation. We are so thrilled with this high honor and looking forward to representing San Francisco in the world's highest regarded film festival.”

Joey, a resident of the lower Haight district in San Francisco and his cinematic accomplishment, STEPSISTER, are featured in this article in a neighborhood news blog, Haighteration. He has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help with expenses related to the costs of screening in Cannes. Supporters can visit the STEPSISTER indiegogo page to contribute.


Screening in The Court Métrage (Short Film Corner) for this year’s Festival de Cannes:
Véronica Duport Deliz (MFA candidate) has been invited to show her first-year film, OVER THE FENCE. The film is a five-minute comedy about three young boys who venture over their neighbor's fence and are surprised by what they find on the other side.

Tongjue Huangfu (MFA candidate) will present NOTES, a six-minute drama that examines the relationship between a Chinese “tiger mom” and her American-born daughter.

Dolan Chorng (BA candidate) directed CHOICE, which is just under four minutes and centers on a young couple’s argument about an important decision. During Campus Movie Fest last fall, CHOICE won Best Comedy at SF State.

Véronica, Tongjue and Dolan plan to attend the festival in May.