Free Software for Remote Learning – Spring 2020

Dear Students,

We have been in communication with many of our software vendors over the last week and are now able to supply a list on 2 Pop of free software available during remote instruction.

Some of this software may be limited to School of Film/Video students, we will try our best to support all students enrolled in School of Film/Video classes this semester.

Important things to note:

  • We will be updating the page as new software becomes available, please check back
  • Submit a separate ticket for each piece of software you are requesting, using the drop down menu in the ticket to specify the software.
  • There are some license requests that must be sent to vendors before we can give you a code. Ticket requests for the following software are due by 5pm on Monday March 23rd:
    • Avid Media Composer
    • Avid Pro Tools
    • TVPaint
    • Red Giant Complete Suite

If you have any questions, please submit a ticket.


School of Film/Video Technical Staff

All School of Film/Video Facilities are Closed Until Further Notice

CalArts has cancelled all classes and in-person activities beginning, Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 22. This is a precautionary measure. There are no cases of COVID-19 at CalArts. 

During the suspension of classes, faculty and staff will prepare the Institute for remote instruction beginning Monday March 23. From 5pm March 11, students will not have access to the F/V Facilities. With this in mind, Film/Video faculty will make some adjustments to project deadlines and expectations. These details are not yet worked out, but will be soon. Please keep checking your email for information.

F/V facilities will be closed to students until further notice. This includes:

  • Computer labs
  • Classrooms
  • Production studios/shooting stages
  • Student cubicles & studios
  • Butler Buildings
  • The Palace
  • Cage & other equipment check out areas
  • Sound and post-production spaces

We understand this is very challenging for students, especially those who depend on the F/V facilities to do your work. This decision was not reached lightly and is an emergency measure to prevent possible spread of the coronavirus.

We’ll continue to update F/V students, faculty and staff as things develop. Thank you very much for your patience and help in keeping our community healthy and safe. 

For more information, visit CalArts’ page on the Coronavirus:

Bijou Festival Installation Applications are Open!

This year we are happy to include installations by School of Film/Video students as part of Bijou Fest! As we move beyond the walls of the Bijou Theatre, we are opening up the following spaces from May 11-15:

  • C113 Gallery
  • C115 Sound Stage
  • C117 Permanent Set
  • A404 B&W Studio

Please read the information below and fill out the application found at the end of this post.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Notification of installation selection by Friday April 10th, 2020
  • Install day is Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Student Committee members will be available for installation support.
  • Opening Night is Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • De-installation is Saturday, May 16th, 2020

All types of work are welcome, but must be new or recontextualized work. Limit of one application per student and priority will be given to graduating MFA 3s and BFA 4s.

Please be aware, installations must be self-funded. Keep in mind you can apply for student union grants during the first week of each month.

If selected, the applicant must meet with Edgar Jorge Baralt and Kye Potter to go over their installation and reserve equipment.

We are excited to see your artwork across camps!

Call for Applications: Flaherty Festival & Doc’s Kingdom Festival

CalArts School of Film/Video will support 2 scholarships for fellowships to the FLAHERTY FESTIVAL (June, 2020) and 2 scholarships to DOC’S KINGDOM FESTIVAL (September, 2020)

THE FLAHERTY SEMINAR/FESTIVAL: a 1-week documentary film seminar/festival held at Colgate University, Hamilton NY, June 13-19, 2020

DOC’S KINGDOM: a 1-week documentary film festival held in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal, during the first week of September, 2020.

Both are open to School of Film/Video MFAs and BFAs (see ELIGIBILITY below)


See information on both festivals, their respective fellowship programs, and link to submission form below.

1. Info on 2020 Flaherty Seminar

Flaherty Seminar 2020 Programmer: JANAINA OLVEIRA

The FLAHERTY FILM SEMINAR brings together 170 filmmakers, artists, curators, scholars, students, librarians, and film enthusiasts to celebrate the power of the moving image. Participants gather for a communal living experience that includes meals, social hours, special events, and at least three screening sessions daily followed by discussion. Work presented at the Seminar includes documentary, experimental, narrative, and new media works.

For more on the Flaherty Seminar/festival or guest curator Janaina Olveira:

THE FLAHERTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM offers fellows an extra day on campus before the Seminar begins to meet with the Seminar programmer and Flaherty board members, participate in two master classes, and watch and discuss each other’s films, by way of an informal fellows screening program.

Flaherty Fellows Costs, Travel & Lodging

The School of Film/Video will cover travel expenses up to $600 each for two students from Los Angeles to the Flaherty as well as Seminar fees. CalArts students, like all Seminar participants, will stay in lodging arranged by the Flaherty Seminar at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, a 1-hour drive from Syracuse, NY, and a 4-hour drive from New York City.

2. Info on 2020 Doc’s Kingdom International Seminar on Documentary Film

DOC’S KINGDOM takes place in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal, during the first week of September. The format of Doc’s Kingdom is very similar to the Flaherty Seminar. Doc’s Kingdom gathers an international community of 100 participants for an immersive program of screenings and discussions in the presence of 10 featured filmmakers during this weeklong event.  Note that info on the 2020 festival, including info on the guest curator, is not yet online as of early February.

For more info on Doc’s Kingdom:

Doc’s Kingdom Fellows Costs, Travel & Lodging

The School of Film/Video will contribute $800 as a travel stipend to the festival for each student. Festival fees and lodging are supported by the Doc’s Kingdom Festival. Students will be expected to pay any additional travel or other voluntary expenses not directly part of the festival. CalArts students, like all Seminar participants, will stay in lodging arranged by Doc’s Kingdom in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal.

3. Application & Submission Process

To apply for one of the CalArts Flaherty or Doc’s Kingdom Scholarships, you will be asked to submit:

—A one-page essay (300-500 words) that includes 1) a description of your current work, and 2) why you are interested in attending one of these documentary festivals.  

—a 5 minute work sample posted on vimeo (can be more than one project, or an excerpt, but 5 min total).


Students from all four Film/Video programs, BFAs and MFAs who will have been enrolled for a minimum of one year prior to June 2020 are eligible to apply. The Flaherty and Doc’s Kingdom seminars/festivals are about documentary cinema, though this is viewed broadly and can include essay, hybrids of fiction and documentary, and experimental or formal work that intersect with this year’s Seminar themes. Your work does not need to be restricted to documentary to apply, however, you should be able to demonstrate interest and engagement with questions provoked by documentary and related forms of cinematic inquiry in your essay. Applicants must be reliable and academically productive. Students who have been selected for previous CalArts Flaherty or Doc’s Kingdom fellowships are not eligible.

If you have questions, please email Chris Hill (

Sound Mix and Post Production Questionnaire

Dear Graduating MFAs and Graduating BFAs: 

mandatory meeting for prospective 2020 graduating students who are planning to mix a film or video project and do post production this spring semester has been set for Wednesday, February 5 @ 12 NOON in A111 (The Mix Theater)

We need to know about the projects you plan on having mixed and what your post production needs are. You must fill out the attached questionnaire and bring it to the meeting. 

Even if you currently think you will not need to use the School’s sound facilities for a final mix or if you plan to output your work at another facility, it is still mandatory for you to attend and to complete the attached questionnaire. 

In addition to finding out about your projects, we will discuss the process used for scheduling mixes and what you need to do to be ready. 

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 5 @ 12 NOON.

Bijou Festival Student Committee

Mark your calendars, the Bijou Festival will be taking place May 11th – May 15th! The purpose of the Bijou Festival is to share work that has been made this year by students in the School of Film/Video. Finished works and works-in-progress are welcomed. Faculty, staff, and students will host several screening sessions, where any student can sign up to show work. Each student signs up to show one film (or two films, if the total combined running time does not exceed 10 minutes).

This year we will be including installations in the Bijou Festival through an application process. We are looking for 5 students to be part of the student committee led by the Bijou Festival TA. This committee will meet twice to select the installations from the applications. Students committee members cannot apply to do an installation during Bijou Festival and must be available Sunday, May 10th to help with installations. If you are interested, please email a paragraph detailing why you want to be part of the student committee to Lei Lei and Christina Nguyen at

Adobe CC 2020 and Adobe CC 2019 Information

We are installing Adobe CC 2020 in addition to the Adobe CC 2019 on all lab machines. 

If you have started a complex or thesis project in an Adobe CC 2019 app, it is recommended that you continue to use Adobe CC 2019 until the completion of the project.

To open a project in an Adobe CC 2019 app, right click on your project and select Open with > Adobe CC 2019. 

You can also launch any Adobe CC 2019 app and then open your project from within the app. 
 Be aware that if you double click on your project, it will automatically open in Adobe CC 2020 and may ask you to update the file which will no longer be compatible with Adobe CC 2019. 

If you have any questions, please submit a ticket.

REDCAT Tickets for Spring 2020

The School of Film/Video is able to offer a limited number of free tickets to select screenings at REDCAT for Film/Video students, faculty, and staff. Ticket request forms have now moved online and are available via the links below.

Please note, the number of tickets is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Filling out the forms linked below is completing a request only. You will receive a confirmation email before the event if your name is on the ticket list.

Tickets are available to current students, faculty, and staff in Film/Video only (one ticket per person).

For other CalArts students, faculty, or staff outside of Film/Video who are interested in attending, discounted CalArts tickets can be purchased from the REDCAT website.

Click the links below to request a ticket: