The Austin Student Film Festival is a student-oriented film festival hosted by St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, dedicated to to the craft of student filmmaking. The festival is open to short films (no longer than 40 minutes) from high school and college students. The festival strives to help develop young filmmaking voices by offering a venue to screen, as well as panel discussions featuring film professionals from Austin's vibrant film community.
EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING FOR ASFF!
In addition to screening approximately 30 student films from around the country, we're happy to confirm that four major players in Austin/Texas filmmaking will participate in this year's festival:
Aaron G. Hale, musician and songwriter for film and television
David N. Reyes, director, producer, photographer and editor
Trevor Rogers, filmmaker emeritus
Cedric Thomas Smith, multi-award winning, writer, director and producer
Cedric Thomas Smith will be a panel speaker at the event. Filmmaker emeritus Trevor Rogers is presenting his documentary "Driven," and Austin filmmaker Aaron Hale is presenting his film, "Clementine."
Multi-award winning, writer, director and producer, Cedric Thomas Smith is a San Antonio native, whose journey began in 2010 with a short film on domestic violence he wrote, “Unimaginable.” Smith began directing his own works with award-winning films such as “The Symphony of Silence” (a heartbreaking look at the epidemic of teen bullying in a case where the bullied and the bully are brothers), “She Waits,” (a haunting tale of a broken love), and the feature film version of “Unimaginable.”
David N. Reyes is a director, producer, photographer and editor, who along with his partner Lisa Reyes, owns and operates X Horn Productions since 1999. The name of the company comes from David's alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin.
Trevor has worked in the world of film and television industry for a little over six years now. After studying broadcasting at the University of Oklahoma, Trevor attended Oklahoma City Community College to be a part of their film program. With five years experience as a producer for CBS Sports and their company 247Sports.com, his main focus has turned to documentary filmmaking, and community engagement as the Director of Outreach at Nathan Gardocki Productions in Oklahoma City. There, Trevor works to provide opportunities to all that are interested in working in the film industry in the state of Oklahoma.
Aaron G. Hale was born in Lubbock, Texas, has been performing and writing songs since high school. Hale went on to get his Associate's Degree in Commercial Music from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where he honed his songwriting craft and began touring as a solo artist. He has been traveling across the US, writing, performing and recording his original music since 2005. Several of Hale's songs have been featured in movies and television shows.