Every so often, we like to roundup the festival achievements of our students and recent graduates. Dodge students have been overflowing with great news from film festivals and competitions as of late which we couldn’t be happier about:


  • Lin Wang’s, Death in a Day, won the Golden Award for Best Narrative Short at the Hua International Short Film Festival in China, taking home a whopping $5000 grand prize which she says will go towards pre-production on her first feature film.
  • Eight films including Christy Westad and Elijah Guess’ Parched, Julie Greiner’s Human Town, U.S.A, Brian Robau’s It’s Just a Gun, Amanda Renee Knox’s Night Call, Lane Lyle’s Distress, Grant Moore’s Pickle, Robby Bracker’s CItizen, and Paul Mowry’s Marty & Stacy’s Pixelated Dream Show, will all play the 13th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival in South Carolina, with Grant, Lane, and Paul’s films all nominated for Best Comedy.
  • Graduate Directing student Ragini Bhasin has been selected for 8th Annual Aotearoa Short Film Lab in New Zealand in March put on by the Oscar-Qualifying Show Me Shorts Film Festival where she will be developing her short film concept and script with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors. She is one of only two international directors selected for the opportunity.
  • Rachel Beltran & Nicole Myers’ Good Boy, Ashton Avila’s Have a Little Faith, and Trying to F**K: A Modern Day Romance, Alexa Tuttle’s Intrepid, and Kendall Goldberg, Rocky Pajarito, Caroline Roffe, and Greyson Horst’s Dempsey the Diabetic Superhero will all play the 5th Annual North Hollywood CineFest from March 23rd-29th.
  • Sol Ye has been selected as one of five participants for the BFI – China to UK Film Industry Placement Programme where she will travel to the UK for a five-day workshop on professional skills and knowledge exchange with a 4-day work placement in a leading British film company.
  • Andres Gil’s Look at Me, Amanda Renee Knox’s Night Call, and Kendall Goldberg’s Gloria Talks Funny, have all been accepted to the 18th Annual Phoenix Film Festival from April 5th-15th.
  • Anja Paul’s Last Night in Town, has been officially selected for the 24th Annual Sedona International Film Festival from February 24th-March 4th.
  • Grant Moore’s Pickle, has won the Best Student Film Award this month at the 14th Annual Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, NV.
    Chapman Filmmakers at Dam Short Film Festival in front of step and repeat

    Moore with fellow filmmakers Shamola Kharkar and Ashton Avila.