Nine TROY design students earn Official Selections in California-based film festival

The festival will take place Nov. 11.

The festival will take place Nov. 11.

Five current students and four recent graduates of Troy University’s graphic design program have had their short films and animations named as “Official Selections” in the Mentone Film Festival based in Southern California. 

The students recognized as Official Selections are:

“Being recognized for our work on the ‘Killer Queen’ music video has been a great honor,” said senior design student Nathan Hobbs, “but watching Zack, Grace and Christian get their first solo wins for pieces they made has been an awesome experience for me. Those guys deserve their laurels and accolades and I know there will be more to come.” 

Design Professor Chris Stagl regularly submits student work to festivals and competitions and said he is beyond proud of the recognition they receive time and time again.

“These students work tirelessly with their film and animation projects, and I cannot be happier to see their achievements being recognized on the national and international level,” he said. “I am floored by the amount of talent they possess and the incredible stories they tell through their work.”

Awards will be given to the best film genres, including: Best Student Short, Best Student Drama, Best Animation and Best Feature.

“I am thrilled to be having my work shown in California in November,” said Zack Pappanastos, a senior interdisciplinary studies major. “It means the world to me that Professor Stagl believes in my work enough to submit the film to their festival.”  

The festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, November 11.