Students and First Look Filmmakers Maria De Sanctis and Steven Markowitz at the awards reception

Sadé Clacken Joseph and River Gallo, Co-Directors of Ponyboi, winners of First Look’s Best Social Change category

Filmmaking Team for the Documentary Delay of Game, winners of First Look’s Documentary category

First Look is the yearly USC School of Cinematic Arts showcase for advanced projects run by the Industry Relations Office.

  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Social Change
  • Thriller/Sci-fi/Horror

Each track also has a Faculty Jury that select the following Faculty Awards presented at the Faculty Awards reception at the School of Cinematic Arts:

  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Production Design
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound

Jury winners screen at top agencies, such as UTA, followed by a reception. Our Industry Relations site will have private logins to review each participant's film. We share this with agents, managers, producers, studio executives and film festival programmers to discover our up and coming filmmakers.