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Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts:

Request for Collaborations and Co-sponsorships

The Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts invites programs, departments and others interested in collaboration to submit a request for partnership. 

 Submissions are currently accepted for the 2023-24 academic year.  

Submission Deadlines:

  • August 31, 2023 - for partnership in Fall 2023
  • October, 30, 2023 - for partnership in Winter 2024
  • January 31, 2024 - for partnership in Spring 2024


  • The Center is accepting two kinds of requests:
    • A request for the Center to HOST a screening or talk (available on Friday and Saturday only)
    • A request for the Center to CO-SPONSOR an event, screening, or talk
  • Please complete the below form in entirety to submit a request.  Please reference the "guiding principles" section below to ensure your request aligns with the Center's mission.
  • The applicant will be informed of the status of the request four weeks after the deadline. Scheduling is subject to venue availability.
  • Because of the large number of requests received and the goal of providing equal opportunity for everyone, please submit in a timely manner, taking into consideration the date of proposed event/activity, the deadlines, and the evaluation process.
  • Please note that the Center does not transfer gift funds. All payment or reimbursement arrangements will be handled by the home department using a chart string provided by the Center. All transactions are subject to approval by the Center’s financial manager.

Guiding Principles of the Center

Guiding Principles of the Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts

  • Broad and inclusive notion of the “cinematic arts” so as to encourage innovation and experimentation in production and scholarship
  • Inclusion of a diverse group of cinematic arts stakeholders, highlighting underrepresented practitioners and scholars
  • Regional and transnational focus - San Diego and Mexico and Pacific Rim
  • Interdisciplinary approach to cinematic arts to enhance collaborative research and practice that expands understanding and creativity beyond a single discipline

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kinds of support does the Center offer for events/screenings/lectures?
    • The Center can host a free public screening or lecture. Hosting includes the setup and management of an invitation and RSVP system, inclusion in promotional materials on and off campus, and use of the Center’s screening/lecture space in Mosaic Hall.
  • When and where are screenings or talks held?
    • Through an agreement with the University, the Center currently has access to the screening space (Mosaic Hall 113) on Saturdays from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Screenings or lectures in this space are only possible during these windows of time.
  • Does the Center cover the cost of screening-fees for films in distribution?
    • If approved by the Center’s leadership, we can cover up to $500 of a screening-fee. If the screening/talk is sponsored by the Center and no screening-fee is required, we can offer $500 as honorarium to non-UC employees, or “chart string” payment to faculty funds per UC policy.
  • Would a screening/lecture I propose also include a reception/catering/wine?
    • The Center’s events are focused on presenting film programming and related talks/lectures. At this time, the Center does not have administrative capacity to support the coordination of catering, furniture-rental, or purchase-ordering for catered events.
  • I have an idea for a screening/talk - - how do I propose this?
    • The Center has organized a workgroup with the responsibility to collect and advise Center leadership on event programming. You may complete this form, with special attention to deadlines indicated, and the Center can make a determination about how your proposal could be included in a future program.
  • My department or program would like to co-sponsor an event with the Center. How does this work?
    • The Center is eager to collaborate with campus partners and can field such requests with the completion of this form. The type of support you request from the center may vary (from use of the screening space, to promotional support, to assistance in offsetting certain costs, etc). A workgroup will advise the Center’s leadership on these requests and the Director will follow-up with discussions for clarification and how to best include the Center’s partnership in your event.