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WIFI Film Festival

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To bring real world film industry professional experience to the Midwest. The WIFI Film Festival is 100% free to the public and is intended to provide a high quality film festival experience for our community and visitors of all types. We do not make one cent off of this festival, and all money goes directly into funding the festival. The staff do this purely on a volunteer basis and solely to provide this service to the public. In 2019, we launched the WIFI film festival to much fanfare. We were featured on CBS, NBC, the Topeka Capital Journal and the Washburn Review among others. We were able to show films from a wide variety of filmmakers including Shia LaBouf, an Academy Award winning film “Skin”, and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Yasmin Mistry. Information about 2021 coming soon! Our Story In 2017, Matthew Nyquist, an experienced filmmaker, joined the Department of Mass Media at Washburn University as an assistant professor in film and video. Nyquist’s Hollywood background gave him a vision for a film program that would encourage and help prepare Washburn students to take their stories from the Midwest to a national stage through film. Nyquist’s dedication and enthusiasm for the mass media program was shared by his colleagues in the department and championed by Maria Stover, the chair of the Department of Mass Media. Through a unique opportunity provided by Allan Holzman, acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker and lecturer at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, the idea of a film festival at Washburn was born and the very first WIFI Film Festival featured Holzman’s documentary on DACA and immigration. In August 2018, the Department of Mass Media faculty created an internal organization called the Washburn International Film Institute, or WIFI for short. Under the direction of Nyquist, a dedicated leadership comprised of Washburn faculty and valuable community members was formed. Each year, the WIFI Film Festival adopts a theme that it promotes through its work in the community and on campus. This year, the festival has adopted Washburn University’s spring 2019 theme: Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Action. The featured film at the 2019 WIFI Film Festival, by Allan Holzman, expressed these ideas as it looks into DACA and immigration in the United States. Our Mission To foster growth and development of professional relationships through delivering top tier international film content in the heart of the Midwest alongside Kansas student films and interaction with respected professional filmmakers. At the core of WIFI’s inception is the belief that cinema is one of the most democratic arts with its ability to reach large audiences on an accessible and inclusive level. Each year, the WIFI Film Festival adopts a theme that it promotes through its work in the community and on campus. Last year, the festival adopted Washburn University’s spring 2019 theme: Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Action. The featured film at the 2019 WIFI Film Festival, by Allan Holzman, expressed those ideas as it looks into DACA and immigration in the United States. Our Vision Shatter the barrier between the film industry and the Midwest. Trustees Allan Holzman Connie Gibbons Eugene Williams 2021 Partners will be added soon! 2019 WIFI Film Festival Partners: Washburn University Partners: Student Life College of Arts and Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion Washburn Student Government Association The Department of Music The Department of English The Department of Theatre The Department of History The Department of Art The Department of Political Science Community Partners: The Mulvane Art Museum KTWU Original Team: Founding Executive Director Matthew Nyquist Managing Director Maria Stover Public Relations Director Kristen Grimmer Content Director Sam Finch Print Director Regina Cassell Marketing Director Andrew Anglin Founding Student Director Blake Hopper

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