We are proud to announce Student Activities’ third annual Film Fest! Over the course of the festival, we will show several short films submitted by LU students. In addition to the short films, attendees will be able to hear from a panel of experts as well as partake in hors d’oeuvres and drinks each night.
Film Fest: February 26
7-9 p.m. / Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
LaHaye Event Space
New award category in 2021: Best overall film (audience voted)
for Sound Design
From a young age Mr. Walz has been fascinated by movies and music. Originally from South Jersey, he started playing piano at age 5 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in classical music. In 2005 he helped found the band Six Chasing Seven and had the opportunity to work with some great musicians including members of the Dave Matthews Band. He then decided to learn all there was to know about recording and audio engineering, opening Hallow Tree Studios in 2008.
After receiving his MBA in 2012, Mr. Walz started teaching in the Cinematic Arts Department at Liberty University. Being an Avid Certified Instructor for Pro Tools, he has spent the last 8 years teaching sound for picture as well as pursing professional work as a music composer, sound designer, and re-recording mixer. To date Mr. Walz has mixed numerous feature films and has composed and performed the music for several movies. James and his wife Lindsey have 3 girls Aubrey, Madison, and Isla.
for Film Editing
Won Novalis is an award-winning editor of six feature films as well as dozens of commercials, documentaries and short film projects. He also has feature and commercial experience as DIT and a post-production supervisor. In the commercial world, he has and still works with clients like GE, Microsoft, the United Way, and the American Advertising Federation. A student of his craft, he’s constantly pushing the boundaries and enjoys working with those who do the same.
Drew Snavely is an Assistant Director for Student Activities and has been with the department for seven years. He oversees various logistics from analyzing event data to managing monthly budgets. He also assists with advancing the department in cultural products within the entertainment industry. Drew is a co-host on the soccer history podcast, Dead Ball Brothers.
Quality Control Specialist
Brian Shesko served as an Associate Director of Student Activities (2006-2017), contributing many cultural analysis/engagement projects to the department. He has three children with his wife, Dayna, who love watching Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films and are finally watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with him. Currently, he works as a quality control specialist and occasional writer for Liberty’s Marketing department.
Q&A with film directors
Norman preview and insight from the director, Joel Guelzo
Audience voting for the best overall film will begin at the end of the last film and close at the start of the Animated Short.
- Submit Statement of Interest form and first draft to dropbox by Feb. 10, both labeled “StudentName_FilmTitle”
- The format of the film must be QuickTime 1080/24p
- May not exceed 10 minutes in length
- Must abide by the Liberty Way
- Must be a current LU student to participate
- Must be able to attend the festival
- Work must be an original