Sixth Annual Trinity Film Festival Held at Cinestudio

Undergraduate Student Filmmakers From Around the World Attend in Hartford

​Hartford, Connecticut, June 5, 2017 – The sixth annual Trinity Film Festival welcomed undergraduate filmmakers from around the globe to Cinestudio on Saturday, May 6. Hundreds of local audience members came to the campus of Trinity College to experience short films from some of the most talented student filmmakers in the world. At a post-screening banquet, sponsored by XFINITY, more than $3,500 in cash prizes were awarded to the top filmmakers, chosen primarily by a guest judging panel.

“This year’s festival had incredible filmmaker engagement and interaction,” said John Michael Mason ’12, festival director. “We had filmmakers travel from every part of the country, Canada, and even Europe for the opportunity to participate in this year’s event. A fantastic, engaging judging panel and a huge alumni turnout capped off what was a very special evening at TFF 2017.”

Front row (left-right): Arshum Rouhanian, American University; Rachel Hilson and Joosje Duk, New York University; Jonah Moshammer, UC Berkeley; Karl Pajak, Rochester Institute of Technology. Back row (left-right): Pierce Cravens*; Daming Xing, Trinity College; TJ Noel-Sullivan, Yale University; Louis Lachance, Cégep de Sainte-Foy (Canada); Esteban Bravo and Beth David, Ashley Anderson, Ringling College of Art and Design; Mark Moses*; Kimberly Skyrme*; Tyler Gordon-Fordyce, University of Gloucestershire (England). *Pierce Cravens (producer), Mark Moses (actor), and Kimberly Skyrme (casting director) were on the guest judging panel. Not pictured: Judge Peter McMorris, co-president of Cinestudio. For a full list of the winners, visit Photo by Dan Hughes '18. Click here for more photos.
Arshum Rouhanian of American University won the top prize of $1,500 for his film, Moonlight Suburbia. Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann of Ringling College of Art and Design were awarded $1,000 and second place for their animated film, Extinguished. New York University student Joosje Duk’s film, NIGHT, took home the third place award, along with Best Writing and Best Acting.

Rouhanian said, “I've been to festivals that are 30-plus years running, but none have been able to match the quality and professionalism of Trinity Film Festival. Winning first place for Best Picture at Trinity Film Festival has opened so many doors for me in my professional endeavors. I have met so many industry professionals and incredibly talented filmmakers all because of this festival.”

Trinity College alumni who worked on the festival when they were students return each spring to vote on and bestow the Alumni Choice Award at the Trinity Film Festival awards banquet. This year’s Alumni Choice winner, In a Heartbeat, by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, has amassed more than 80,000 followers on Facebook since premiering at Trinity Film Festival.

The 2017 judging panel included prolific film and television actor Mark Moses (Platoon, Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, Scandal). “This was the second year I attended to judge the event and once again it was a great evening at the movies,” Moses said. “Submissions to the event were eclectic in nature, and both the films and filmmakers brought an exciting variety of individualism and ideas to the big, beautiful screen on the Trinity College campus. It’s a pleasure to watch the festival grow in stature and size year after year. I can’t wait for next year to see what new entries and filmmakers will make their mark at the Trinity Film Festival.” 

Joining Moses were actor/producer Pierce Cravens, president of Metropolitan Entertainment, and producer/casting director Kimberly Skyrme, known best for her work on House of Cards. Audience members and filmmakers engaged the judging panel in a question and answer session after the screenings and prior to the panel announcing the evening’s winners.

Trinity Film Festival is held each spring at Cinestudio, one of the premier independent movie theaters in the country. Undergraduate filmmakers from around the world are invited to apply for the chance to attend the festival, screen their films, and win various prizes. “I'm unbelievably grateful to have been selected for Trinity Film Festival,” added Rouhanian. “I can’t wait to – hopefully – come back next year!”

A full list of winners can be found at

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