The days are getting shorter, and a little colder, but that doesn’t stop our students from getting their work seen out on the festial circuit. Here is the latest news and success our students have found. Check it out:

Natalie Nichols (BFA/AVE ’20) – IDENTITY CRISIS

  • Jacksonville Film Festival
  • Semi-Finalist for “Best Student Animation” at Spark Animation 2020
  • The Big Apple Film Festival
  • Anchorage International Film Festival
  • Won “Best in Show” at Anim8 Student Film Festival
  • Special Mention for “Best Score” at the Virginia Emerging Filmmakers Festival
  • Semi-finalist at the DUMBO Film Festival

Sandhya Bhaskar (BFA/BJAD ’20) – BIGGER THAN BULLIES

  • San Pedro International Film Festival

Nikhail Asnani (MFA/S ’19) – FLU

  • South Carolina Underground Film Festival
  • qFLIX 2020
  • The Big Apple Film Festival
  • Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival

Nikhail Asnani (MFA/S ’19) – RIPE

  • Won The Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
    • The script or logline will get distributed to production companies and Nikhail will get five free pitches to five companies during virtual pitch fest.

Ashton Herrild (BFA/FP ’20) – CARNIVORE

  • Nightmare Film Festival – won “Best Horror Comedy”

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

  • Transatlantyk Festival

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

Elyse Runkle (BFA/FP ‘20) – THE LINE I’M DRAWING

  • Lone Star Film Festival

Christian Hurley (BFA/FP ’20) – ROAD TEST

  • “Best Comedy Film” at the Portland Comedy Film Festival
  • “Best Short Film” and “Best Original Score” at the L.A. Shorts Awards
  • Honorable Mention “Best Short Film” at the Independent Shorts Awards
  • Ojai Film Film Festival
  • New York City Short Comedy Film Festival
  • Monthly Indie Shorts Competition
  • SHORT to the Point

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

  • Anchorage International Film Festival
  • Virginia Emerging Filmmakers Festival
    • Special Mention – “Best Animation”
    • Winner – “Best Score” (Robert Mai, composer and Jino Jang, sound designer)

A shot from the film NEARSIDERS.

Rachel Wilke (BFA/FP ’19) – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

  • Blowup Arthouse Film Festival Chicago

Tessa Germaine (BFA/FP ’20) – ROSIE

  • Her International Film Festival
    • Winner – “Best Student Film”
    • Nominated – “Best Screenplay”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Short” and “Jury’s Choice”
    • You can see Tessa discuss her film, along with other filmmakers, in this panel discussion.
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Copa Shorts Film Festival

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

  • The Big Apple Film Festival
  • Young Director Awards in Cannes
  • Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival
  • L.A. Neo Noir Festival

David (Pengwei) Wang (MFA/FP ’20) – RAN

  • 86358 Short Film Festival – won “Best Cinematography”

Davis (Chin-Hsiang) Chang (MFA/FP ’21) – THE NATION

  • Los Angeles Rocks Film Festival
  • London Rocks Film Festival

Alex Greenlee (BFA/FP ’20)

Andree Lin (MFA/FP ’20)

Liam Tangum (BFA/FP ’20) – TOOMSBORO

  • Winner of the “Audience Award” at NFFTY
  • Oxford Film Festival

A shot from the film TOOMSBORO.

Ciani Walker (BFA/FP ’20) – MISFITS

  • Winner of the “Special Jury Award” at NFFTY

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

  • Pune Short Film Festival
  • Jaipur International Film Festival
  • Goa International Film Festival


Carter Lau (BFA/FP ‘21) & Duncan Heger (BFA/BJAD ‘22) – BEYOND THE MAUNA

  • Maui Film Festival

A shot from the film BEYOND THE MAUNA

Celine Francois (BFA/BJAD ’20) – A LITTLE PATCH OF EARTH

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