The 2021 edition of Close:Up San Francisco Short FIlm Festival took place on partnership with FILMPIXS on May 13-15, 2021!

Thank you all and congratulations to the winners!

Award Winners

Award Nominations

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Official Selections

Jury Panel

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Natalie Zimmerman

Best Documentary

Natalie Zimmerman is a filmmaker, educator and activist.


Natalie’s film and media work has been exhibited, screened and broadcast worldwide in diverse contexts including: Independent Feature Project (IFP) Spotlight-On-Documentary Program (NYC), Cinema Politica Global Network, CBC Broadcast Corporation, London-based Press TV,  Anthology Film Archive NYC, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, World Affairs Council and Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna. 


She is a former Fulbright Scholar, Headlands Center For the Arts Resident Fellow, and Resident Artist at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, where she created Social Dreaming in the 21st Century — an exploration of the collective dynamics of dreaming, social revolution and its relationship to storytelling and film.


In 2017, she co-organized a gathering of indigenous and western women engaged in climate change activism – On Fertile Ground: Integrating Perspectives Toward a Collective Future was awarded funding by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


Her media educational project, Kiribati Digital Storytelling LAB was recently awarded funding through New Zealand-based Development and Conservation Trust. 


Zimmerman is currently in the final stages of production on her lyrical nonfiction feature film set within the context of climate change and rising seas, OCEANIA: Encounters on the Edge: www.oceaniathefilm.com.


Zimmerman holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a Film Certificate from New York University and lives north of San Francisco on the edge of an old growth forest—native lands of the Coast Miwok.