Student filmmakers showcase work at annual film festival

ASU School of Theatre and Film Media Production Program students will host their annual Film Festival and Audience Choice Award competition April 23-24 at Harkins Valley Art Theatre in downtown Tempe.

The traditionally sold-out event takes place over two nights and will feature the work of dozens of filmmakers eager to see their work on the big screen. Audience members can vote for their favorites in the 10-minute film competition, as well as enjoy the best of the creative work of students in the Festival Showcase.

Past student films have won national competitions, such as the 2011 SeeFlik Festival Fan Favorite Award for Ryan Steiner’s film, "Cadet." Steiner created the film while a student in the Film Media Production program last year, and his work and that of other award winners were featured in past ASU Student Film Festival showcases.

“Audience members will see a wide range of short films, from documentaries to dramas to comedies to demo and cinematography reels, all of which explore a full range of the curriculum here at ASU,” says F. Miguel Valenti, Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts and program director of Film and Media Production at the ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

“We are the first school in the nation to incorporate ethics into the teaching of film production, and it is always fascinating to see how students interpret that,” Valenti adds. “We welcome all to come and see for themselves the great work our students are doing here at ASU.”

To watch Audience Choice Winners from previous years, visit