Summer 2015 Alumni News

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015

Christopher Loanzon's 'For Ophelia'

Tisch Asia's alumni continue to make waves at festivals and competitions around the world. Here are some of the highlights from the Summer of 2015. Congratulations to all!


  • Kimie Tanaka's ('13) thesis film HIDE AND SEEK is an Official Selection of Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

    Evie Symington's ('14) thesis film TETHER premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest this summer, and will be screening at the upcoming San Jose Int'l Short Festival and the Napa Valley Film Festival.

  • Thomas Wood's ('15) second year film RETURNING HOME was accepted by Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2015.

  • Quester Hannah's ('14) second year film KING OF GUANGZHOU was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Foreign Film and Runner-Up for First Time Filmmaker at the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

  • KING OF GUANGZHOU has been officially selected to screen at the 10th Annual Harlem International Film Festival taking place September 9-13, 2015 in Harlem, New York City and the 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, taking place September 23-27, 2015 in New York City.

  • KING OF GUANGZHOU will also screen at FilmInitiativ Köln eV Shorts Film Night "Out Of Europe Special" Africa Diaspora Cinema on September 19, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.

  • Christopher Loanzon's (’14) 2nd year film FOR OFELIA was accepted into HollyShorts.

  • Thomas Wood's (’15) 2nd year film RETURNING HOME has been selected by the Aberdeen Film Festival 2015.

  • Alle Hsu's (’15) blog was recently highlighted by NBC News.

  • Max Bessmyrtni won the KODAK Student Scholarship Program 2015 Gold Award for his film TRICYCLE THIEF. The award comes with a $5000 tuition check to be used towards the 2015/2016 school year. This marks Tisch Asia’s 4th Kodak Scholarship win.

  • Yanqui Fei (’13) was selected to participate 2015 Asian Film Academy (AFA) hosted by Busan Film Festival.

  • Thomas Wood's (’15) 2nd year film RETURNING HOME was selected by the Milan International Filmmaker Festival 2015.

  • Lia Johnson's 2nd year film AMERICAN REFUGEE, shot in Cambodia, has been invited to premiere at the 2015 Cambodia Town Film Festival in Long Beach, California.

  • Joant Ubeda's (’15) second year film SPIRIT FROM THE MEADOW will play at the Shock and Gore and Horror Festival in Birmingham, England.

  • Imran Khan's (’15) film TIMMY II was accepted at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2015.

  • Cole Stamm's (’15) film JANE'S WEDDING was accepted into Encounters Film Festival in Bristol, UK.

  • Joant Ubeda's (’15) film SPIRIT FROM THE MEADOW was was accepted by Las Vegas Lift Off Film Festival.

  • Imran Kahn's (’15) film TIMMY II was accepted at DC Shortsfest.

  • Jeff Wong (’13), who won best cinematography with Tim Yeung’s (’14) 90 DAYS at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.

  • Atsuko Hirayanagi (’12) who won Best Director with OH LUCY! in the International competition section at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.

  • Congratulations to Honey Singh (’15) whose 2nd year film HEER won 4 award at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival in Delhi including Best Emerging Female Director, Best Child Actor, a special jury prize for the Director of Photography to Malay Prakash (’14) and also another special jury prize for Best Editing. The film has been officially selected for the Delhi Women’s International Film Festival which is being held in December.

  • Honey Singh's (’15) HEER is one of 9 films selected across Canada for the CBC Short Film Face Off.

  • Congratulations to Joseph Hsu (’15) whose 2nd year film, THE LOBSTER KID has been selected to Asia International Competition at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2015? I’ll have my world premiere at Tokyo, Japan for this Festival. THE LOBSTER KID is also an official selection of Los Angeles Cinefest.

  • Congratulations to Thomas Wood (’15) whose second year film RETURNING HOME made it onto the shortlist for the 2015 BAFTA US Student Film Awards. The shortlist is twenty-five of the best student short films from the 100+ submissions received from schools across the US. From this group, a panel of BAFTA members will select the finalists, whose films will be screened at the BAFTA event on June 25th in Los Angeles.

  • Congratulations to Eric McEver (’15) whose second year film LAYOVER will compete in the Student’s edition of IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival in Bulgaria.

  • Timothy Yeung (’14), who received the prestigious Festival Golden Reel Award for his second year film 90 DAYS at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.