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October 21, 2022

First Look 2023!

Festivals & Distribution, Industry Relations

Welcome to First Look 2023!


FIRST LOOK presents USC thesis and advanced projects to entertainment professionals. First Look provides added exposure for filmmakers to industry members and film festivals. Films that are included in First Look will be highlighted on The site is accessible and promoted to agents, managers, industry executives, short film distributors, film festival programmers, and other entertainment professionals worldwide.

Find the First Look submission form and the Producers’ Award application process in the guidelines below.

Films with Copyright 2022-2023 in the following classes are eligible:

  • Animation: 401, 470, 594
  • Production: 474, 480, 484, 479/486, 546, 547, 565, 581, 582, 586, 587
  • Peter Stark: 592
  • Special Projects course: 800, 801


Copyright 2022, December 9, 2022 at 4 pm PST
Copyright 2023December 16, 2022 at 4 pm PST with an extension to submit materials by January 13, 2023 at 4PM PST.

To submit your film to First Look, the following is required:

  1. Your film must be cleared and cataloged with USC archives.
  2. Review the 2023 First Look Guidelines and complete the application form inside.
  3. Please check spelling, as all content in application will be used for printed and digital promotional materials including brochure and websites.
  4. Upload required submission materials listed in First Look Guidelines to an online storage drive such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Provide the link to the folder on your application.
  5. Below are templates for a Dialogue List and Music Cue Sheet. Completed documents must be uploaded to your online storage drive. Please save as word or excel documents.
  6. Please be sure to review the First Look Checklist in the First Look Guidelines to ensure all submission requirements are completed. Only completed submissions will be accepted. No late entries are accepted.

First Look Guidelines and Application

If you have any questions, please contact

Contact Information

Name: O'Shea Myles
Phone: 2137404432