The Archive Project

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The San Francisco State University School of Cinema collects an assortment of classic features, documentaries, animation, experimental, and student short films. The Archive Project aspires to make this collection discoverable, accessible, and exemplary. These films originate from numerous countries and span decades of style and technology– including student films dating back more than forty years.

The Archive Project will follow the School’s commitment to fostering diverse voices, preserving cinematic history, and encouraging exploration by all students. By 2024 we hope to share a robust online catalog, host monthly film screenings, and establish the reputation of this archive as part of a rich legacy. The School of Cinema has been at the forefront of supporting films that challenge, inspire, and awe. We look forward to sharing our collection with you.

Get Involved - “Reel In”

The Archive Project seeks to expand access and exhibition of our collection in innovative and multidisciplinary ways, encouraging students to participate in curatorial and research roles and juxtapose historic student films with new voices at the School of Cinema. There are various ways you can get involved:

  • CINE 605 allows for an introduction to curatorial use of the Archive under the guidance of Lecturer Courtney Fellion

  • Independent research, study, and hands-on experience under the supervision of Faculty Advisor Professor Greta Snider

  • Assisting guest curators Stephen Kane and Diana Sánchez on special programming


Celine Shimizu, Faculty Director

More information coming soon! purple reel