October has been a busy month for our students on the festival circuit! Their films have been accepted to, and have played at, festivals all over the world! Here are the latest updates from their travels on the circuit.

Lead actress Maria Ignacia Hojas and director & co-writer Paloma Lingwei Chen attend the Mill Valley Film Festival with the film EL PERFUMISTA.


Sarah Heinz (BFA/DA ‘19) & Luke Snedecor (BFA/DA ‘19) – PREHEATED

  • Infinity Festival
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – Placed 3rd in the Student Film Competition: Animation Division

Kailee Hague (BFA/DA ‘19) – EMBARKO

  • Infinity Festival

Alex Greenlee (BFA/FP ’20) – CYBOLICA

Jonathan Goetzman (BFA/FP ’19) – THE LIGHTNING MAN

  • San Diego International Film Festival
  • Best Student Short at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
  • Best Short Film at the Florence Film Awards
  • Best Score and Best Picture at the Melech Ha Melachim Jewish Film Festival in Tel Aviv
  • The Polish International Film Festival in Warsaw

Jonathan Goetzman introduces his film THE LIGHTNING MAN at the Melech Ha Melachim Jewish Film Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Joe Chen (MFA/FP ’20) – THE MOTHER

  • Special Jury Mention at the 2019 Asian Film Festival of Dallas
  • Finalist at The Annual Mountain Shadow Short Film Competition
  • Finalist at the Asian Cinematography Awards (ACA)
  • Seoul International Film Festival
  • Tehran International Short Film Festival
  • Weyauwega International Film Festival
  • DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
  • That Film Festival in Cannes
  • Vision Youth Award

Nolan Kresnak (BFA/FP ’18) – HOUNDS OF LOVE

  • Finalist for the Blow-Up Film Festival

Lidieth Arevalo Hernandez director of the documentary ALPHARAOH poses for a picture with Diane Guerrero (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and JANE THE VIRGIN) at the Panamanian Film Festival. Check out Lidieth’s interview about her film!


  • KINOdiseea International Children Film Festival Romania
  • Animation Marathon

Zelie Dember-Slack (MFA/FP ’17) – JESSIE THE GOLDEN HEART

  • Zelie produced and co-directed the feature film
  • LA Femme International Film Festival


  • First Time Filmmaker Sessions
  • Austin Comedy Film Fest
  • Lone Star Film Fest
  • LA Comedy Film Fest

Safwat Nazzal (BFA/FP ’19) – A IS FOR ANARCHY

  • Cucalorus Film Festival

Nikhail Asnani (MFA/S ‘19) – SOMETHING ROUND

  • Zed Fest Film Festival

Nikhail at the Portland Film Festival with the film SOMETHING ROUND.

Noah Todd (BFA/FP ’19) – A HISTORY OF YOU

  • Screened for the Aging Minds Foundation in Dallas, TX as the centerpiece for the evening. The event raised over $30,000 which will be donated to research for dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Noah shares this honor with Austin Olivia Kendrick (BFA/FP ’20) whose parents made the event possible!

Noah Todd introducing his film A HISTORY OF YOU prior to it’s screening at the Aging Minds Foundation.


Jordyn Romero (BFA/NWD ‘19) – OF THE SEA

  • Coast Film Festival
  • Save the Waves Film Festival

Rachel Bickert (MFA/FP ’19) & Emily Tapanes (BFA/FP ’19) – LADYLIKE

  • Won audience award for Best Documentary Short at NewFest in New York City

Rachel Bickert and Emily Tapanes pose for a photo while attending NewFest in New York City.

Remember, if you would like to see your name in next months Film Festival Corner Update make sure you keep us updated on your project! You can send any and all updates to festivalsubmissions@chapman.edu.