Film Students’ Work Selected for Screenings, Honors in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Brooklyn

Two film students and two recent alumni of the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) film program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Transmedia recently had their short films selected for screenings and honors at national film competitions and festivals.

Isobella Antelis ‘18 and Zoey Peck ’18 had their final theses screened at the Independent Shorts Awards (ISA) in Los Angeles this July.

A boy and girl sit on a bed while painting their toes.

Antelis’s “Blue Toes” won platinum awards for Best LGBT Short and Best Student Short. The short also received gold awards for Best Children Short and Best Original Story and a bronze award for Best Cinematography. The film tells the story of a boy who fights to break the rules of gender normative behavior between children.

Peck’s “Our Way to Fall” received silver awards for Best Children Short and Best Microfilm. Her short revolves around a young girl who is unsatisfied with life until her perspective is changed by a girl on the playground.

ISA is a monthly international film competition with an annual live screening event in North Hollywood, California. It is an IMDb Award Listing Qualifier and some selected projects are offered worldwide, digital distribution. Projects are privately judged by a random team of film experts from academia and the industry.

Megan Massey ‘19 and Yixuan (Caroline) Fu ‘19 were also were also selected to screen their film “A Thousand Words Never Said” at the Milwaukee Film Short Film Festival on Sept. 8.

Massey, a Wisconsin native, has been interested in the arts from a young age and discovered her passion for filmmaking in high school. It has since become her main medium for storytelling.

Fu is an international student passionate about film who considers herself to be a “film kid” as well as a “caring storyteller.”

Ja’Lisa Arnold’s ’18 final film thesis “The Dick Appointment” was selected to screen at BAMcinématek Presents: Film School Shorts 2018 in Brooklyn this September. The showcase celebrates new work by select student filmmakers from Brooklyn College, the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, the New School, and NYU.

–Written by Hannah Hein