Second USC Multilingual Student Film Festival 

Spring 2024


The 2024 Multilingual Student Film Festival theme is HAPPY.

Short description

USC Multilingual Student Film Festival is an initiative of the Center for Languages and Cultures. It is a fun competition among students who are registered in language study at USC.

Students create an original video that showcases their creativity and conversational skills in the target language. Each participating language selects one video to represent their group at the Festival during a viewing event. A jury panel consisting of faculty members from all participating languages votes to select winners, who receive prizes. A live audience will also vote for the best film via smartphones. 


The Festival aims:

  • to create a community of language learners among beginning students of all languages;
  • to showcase the richness and diversity of language at learning at USC and to foster community;
  • to energize students;
  • to serve as a creative assessment, and
  • to increase motivation to continue learning the language of your choice at USC. 


Competition entry rules and requirements

  • In order to participate, students have to be registered in a Basic Language course. 
  • Each language program will present only one video at the Festival. The video should be in one of the 15 languages offered by USC.
  • The video must include English subtitles. 
  • Video should be between 4 to 6 minutes in length.
  • The video must include credits with the names of video creators.
  • It must be made only in the target language (no English).
  • Videos must have a significant amount of talking; music can be used as background; please include a slide with credits for copyright);
  • All entries must be the result of group work. No more than 4 people per group. All members of the group must talk equal amounts of time.
  • Films must be submitted through a working YouTube link to the committee by the established deadline to be included in the competition. 


First, second and third prize winners will be announced at the end of the Festival and presented with a small token of appreciation.. In addition, videos that have best acting, best cinematography, most original/creative concept or the funniest story may receive honorary mentions. The night of the ceremony, submitted films will be screened and a winner will be selected by popular vote. 


Center for Languages and Cultures Community Outreach Committee 

María Mercedes Fages Agudo (Chair)

Jamie Fudacz

Steven Gonzalez

Jennifer Misran

Jackie Cohen-Steinberg

David Zarazúa

Past Festivals

2022 Festival

Participating Films

Arabic (2nd Prize Winner)
Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of a Student

German (3rd prize winner)
Stress Traum

Day in Life

Russian (1st prize winner)
How to Find Friends in Strange Circumstances

Day in the Life


Steven Gonzalez (chair), Dornsife Fellow in General Education in the department of classics
Susan Corban Harris, Executive Director of JEP
Olivia Verónica Martínez, ESL Lecturer, American Language Institute
Shushan Karapetian, Ph.D., Deputy Director, USC Institute of Armenian Studies
Michael Renov, PhD, The Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary, Professor of Cinema & Media Studies, Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Photos from the Award Ceremony

Read Daily Trojan article about the event