September 20, 2017

2018 First Look Guidelines Now Available

Deadline: December 15 at 4:00 PM

Apply for 2018 First Look!

FIRST LOOK presents USC thesis and advanced projects to entertainment professionals. First Look provides added exposure to filmmakers to industry professionals and film festivals.  Films are included in First Look will be highlighted on, which is accessible and promoted to agents, managers, industry executives, short film distributors, film festival programmers, and other entertainment professionals worldwide.  There have been a few changes to First Look, so please read 2018 First Look Guidelines for additional information

Rules and Guidelines available at SCA Community under Industry Relations, Festivals & Distribution. 
Submission deadline: Friday, December 15th at 4:00 pm

First Look application will be available online at SCA Community under SCA Forms.  Supplemental documents listed in the Official Guidelines of First Look should be uploaded in a folder on Google Drive, Dropbox, or external drive.  The film should be uploaded on to a Vimeo or other video sharing website, password is recommended. Links should be provided on the First Look Application, the link should be a direct link that does not require sign in.  

Film Categories: Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Documentary

Eligible courses: 

  • Animation: 401, 470, 594 
  • Production: 474, 480, 484, 479/486, 546, 547, 565, 581, 582, 586, 587 
  • Peter Stark: 592 
  • Special Project course (Sloan project, Coca Cola, 800, 801, etc.)

Acceptance into the festival is on a first come, first serve basis. No late entries accepted.

Films completed by December 2017 qualify!

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Eileen Chiao at

Contact Information

Name: Eileen Chiao
Phone: 213-740-8358