As the summer festivals begin to wrap up, the fall festivals finalize their programs, and the spring festivals begin to open for submissions our students are still sending their completed films out for consideration. Here are the latest updates about official selections and awards won:

Rishabh Thakkar (MFA/DOCU ’20) – BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS

Ragini Bhasin (MFA/FP ’19) – GHAZAAL

Will Hoskin (BFA/AVE ’21) – FILAMENT

  • Crested Butte Film Festival


  • Burbank International Film Festival
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Lady Filmmakers Film Festival

Bryan Taira (BFA/FP ’20) & Mariah Hall (BFA/FP ’20) – OUT OF STOCK

Zelie Dember-Slack (MFA/FP ’17)

  • Winner of the Beyond Zoom Dance Movie Fellowship award which comes with a $2,500 scholarship!

Kalee DeHamer (BFA/DA ’20) – LAPIS DE LUMINE

  • Kid’s First Film Fest

Nat Nichols (BFA/DA ’20) – IDENTITY CRISIS

  • SHORT to the Point Film Festival
  • Supernova Digital Animation Festival

Isabella Hicks (BFA/FP ’20) – LOTERÍA!

  • Named a Finalist at the Independent Short Awards

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

  • OUTshine – South Florida Film Festival
  • Their documentary also won Best CNA Documentary in the CILECT Prize competition. CNA stands for CILECT North America and the prize is voted on by all of the member film schools in North America!

Joe Chen (MFA/FP ’20) – SMELLS RIGHT

Emily Coleman (MFA/TWP ’20) – LIVEWIRE

Luke Snedecor (BFA/FP ’19) & Sarah Heinz (BFA/FP ’19) – PREHEATED

  • Won the Jury Award for Best Animated Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival

Wyatt Hall (BFA/FP ’20) – THE RUNAWAY

  • Horsetooth International Film Festival

Wyatt Hall (BFA/FP ’20) & Kaz Fantone (BFA/DA ’20) – NEARSIDERS

  • Supernova Digital Animation Festival
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Nikhail Asnani (MFA/S ’19) – FLU

  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival

Nikhail Asnani (MFA/S ’19) – SOMETHING ROUND and THE FOAL

  • Holehead’s Warped Dimension Film Festival

Kunlin Wang (MFA/FP ‘18) – OBSCURE

  • Brussels Independent Film Festival
  • Venice Film Week
  • Visionär Film Festival
  • OBSCURE DESIRE, which is the short version of the feature length OBSCURE, won the Best Experimental Short Film at the Boston Short Film Festival.


  • Award of Merit from the Impact DOC Awards
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Cameron Thuman (BFA/FP ’20) – IRON HEAD

  • Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival

Sammy Shelton (BFA/BJAD ’20) – I CAN’T DIE, NOT YET

  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival


  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Claire Jantzen (BFA/FP ‘21) & Sara Nell (BFA/FP ‘21) – YOUR FRIEND, RANGER DOUG

  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Lidieth Arevalo (MFA/DOCU ’19) – ALPHARAOH

  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Kai Lee Hague (BFA/DA ’19) – EMBARKO

  • Golden Door International Film Festival

Ashton Herrild (BFA/FP ’20) – CARNIVORE

Alex Greenlee (BFA/FP ’20) – CYBOLICA

  • NOLA Horror Film Festival
  • Best Student Director and Best Horror Short at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards

Liam Tangum (BFA/FP ’20) – TOOMSBORO


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