Bay Area Student Shorts Film Festival Kicks-off Third Year

Third Annual BASS Film Festival PosterWatch out Hollywood! For numerous Bay Area college students, Saint Mary’s has evolved into a hub for emerging filmmakers, thanks to a visionary student whose Capstone project has morphed into an annual event.

Bay Area Student Shorts (BASS), launched three years ago at Saint Mary’s College, is excited to announce its third annual Bay Area Student Shorts Film Festival being held from Thursday, April 8 to Sunday, April 11, 2021. This year’s event will be held virtually, via YouTube.

Founded by Kasey James ’19, BASS was conceived after she realized that there were few opportunities for emerging student filmmakers to showcase their work. She created the film festival for her senior Capstone project, enlisted student volunteers to help coordinate the event, and the rest is history.

Check out the BASS website to view the lineup:


To view the film shorts on YouTube 

Watch the film shorts

To attend the awards ceremony on Sunday, April 11 at 6 p.m. PST


Laura Elayne Miller, visiting assistant professor of Art Practice and faculty advisor for the film festival stated, “What’s so exciting about BASS, is that it is a film festival by students for students, which gives agency for them to create a platform that reflects their own interests and creative work in filmmaking.” Short films submitted to the film festival include student filmmakers from Saint Mary’s College, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, Diablo Valley College, College of San Mateo, Cañada College, Academy of Art, and other Bay Area and northern California colleges.

“After Kasey graduated, I created this college-wide program to give students the opportunity to work in professional roles, and gain real world experience running a film festival,” shared Miller. “I’ve witnessed each student coordinator take on their role with incredible responsibility, resourcefulness, and creative thinking. The results of our work together have been outstanding. I’m very proud of this student team and what they have accomplished.”

Amanda Moser ’21, an Art Practice major serves as the film festival’s coordinator, and has worked with the event since its inception. “BASS has evolved a lot, and professor Laura Miller has done really great work to lead us over the past three years,” stated Moser. “The event has grown because students are more aware and engaged, and we have a larger audience as well, and they look forward to the film festival every year.”

The BASS team, which includes nine Saint Mary’s students, are getting hands-on experience in all tasks that are required to put on an annual film festival competition. “It’s like having a great internship, and we can put this experience on our resumes as we prepare to work in the creative arts industry after graduation,” said Moser.

Nearly 50 short films were submitted, and 14 were accepted, representing works that are exceptionally diverse in content, genre, and production style. The aspiring filmmakers welcome the opportunity to have their short films seen, and possibly receive a category award.

The schedule for the virtual three-day film festival includes the Thursday evening kickoff, which features a review of last year’s event and winning short films. On Friday and Saturday, this year’s selected submissions can be viewed on YouTube; and on Sunday, the awards ceremony will be live streamed via YouTube.

For detailed information about the event, click here.

To view the film shorts, click here.

To attend the awards ceremony on Sunday at 6 p.m., click here.