The Hub on Canal 3rd Annual Student Film Festival

February 13, 2019

The Hub on Canal Announces the Second Round of Judging for Student Films

The Hub on Canal is proud to announce that it has completed the first round of judging for the student film festival film entries submitted by high school students throughout Volusia County.

Twelve students are invited to participate in the Phase 2 judging process on Saturday, February 16 at The Hub on Canal at 9am.  These students will provide an overview of their films and answer questions from the judges’ panel.  The film panel is comprised of six film industry professionals including directors, scriptwriters, producers, cinematographers, directors, and college professors.


Tyler McClendon, Justin Mahone, & Nathan McKinney – Ava
(Group, New Smyrna Beach High School)

Isabel Mannino, Sabrina Testerman, Cierra Harris – Decisions
(Group, Deltona High School)

Phillip Schwoerer & Jakob Niswonger –Hunted
(Group, New Smyrna Beach High School)

Julia Messick, Emma Dominguez, Ryan Wiener, & Lexi Brandt – Nothing’s Easy
(Group, Spruce Creek High School)

Marc Nusser & Sammy Valchar – The Dangers of DHMO
(Group, University High School)

Christopher Brown, Andrew Cabot, Christopher Santiago, & Kasey Knox – The Witness
(Group, Deland High School)

Jesse Nash & Joseph Rosario – You and Me
(Group, Deltona High School)


Sophia Abolfathi – Dead Art
(Individual, Deland High School)

Joebal John Haresco – Dreams Are Real
(Individual, New Smyrna Beach High School)

Lucas Marrero – Hackboi
(Individual, Deland High School)

Phoenix Smith – Tales of the Heart
(Individual, New Smyrna Beach High School)

Luis Renteria – We Are Who We Are
(Individual, Deland High School) 


What: Phase 2 Judging for selected students– verbal presentation and question and answer. 

Where: The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL

When: Saturday, February 16, at 9:00am.  

*Students will be called in alphabetical order.  

Attire:  Business Casual

Expectations: Selected students will have an opportunity to provide a 2-minute verbal overview (no visuals) of their film project and to answer any judge’s questions. 

Note:  This is an opportunity to receive feedback from judges and to improve their final score.  Students who cannot attend the event will not receive a lowered score for non-attendance.

Additional Note:  Any student (and their family) who has been invited to participate in Phase 2 judging is strongly encouraged to attend the Private Awards Ceremony at 6pm on February 28th at The Hub on Canal.  Teachers may attend the event as well.

Written by Vicki White, Director of Outreach and Grants for The Hub on Canal