Wifi Film Festival

Wifi Film Festival

The festival will be held virtually on April 22 - 24th, 2021.

WIFI 2021 is a go! To ensure safety for all of our filmmakers and participants, WIFI 2021 will be held completely online with the hopes that we will return in person in 2022. Please follow this space, as well as our social media.

In 2021, we are having a special focus on women and film to correspond to Washburn University’s WU Mester 2020 that we missed due to COVID-19. We will be having a special focus on films both by and about women. We will also feature an accomplished female director from Hollywood.  In addition, we are having a special focus on sustainability to correspond with Washburn University’s WUmester 2021

We will be coming to you LIVE on April 22-24 at 11AM - 9PM on multiple platforms  

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We are proud to feature Pioneers in Skirts on demand through the duration of the festival. The award winning director will be giving a live Q&A on April 22nd from 4:00PM – 5:00PM. You can watch that on the stream or participate by registering here. You may also send questions, which can be requested to be read anonymously, to matthew.nyquist@washburn.edu subject PIONEERS Q&A QUESTIONS. Please specify if you would like to be anonymous. You may also ask during the event itself. The director WANTS your participation!

How to watch Pioneers in Skirts any time from April 22nd at 10:00AM – April 24th at 10PM:
All devices except for TVs: https://www.pioneersinskirts.com/edu-movie-screener/
 For TVs: https://bit.ly/PioneersEducation.
(Most smart TVs offer a web browser in the app section of the TV.)
 LOGIN INFO: Username: wififilmfestival@washburn.edu    |   Password: BEaPioneerWiFi



Register for the workshops

The Washburn International Film Institute (WIFI) Film Festival will offer workshops for the first time this year, although via virtual format. The workshops are free and open to the public, and all of them can be watched on the stream. Except for the featured Soul screening at Yager, every single second of our event will be on the stream completely free to watch without any registration.

Registration is completely optional, but gives you the ability to interact with the workshops.

Register Now

WIFI Schedule

Thu, April 22

Fri, April 23

Sat, April 24

9:30am - 10:45am
Countdown to WIFI 
9:30am - 10:45am
Countdown to WIFI
9:30am - 10:45am
Countdown to WIFI
10:45am - 11am
Intro to the WIFI Film Festival 
10:45am - 11am
Intro to the WIFI Film Festival
10:45am - 11am
Intro to the WIFI Film Festival
11am - 12:30pm
Student Founder's Panel
with Francesca Kelley
11am - 11:24am
Animated Shorts 
11am - 12:30pm
with Cara Myers
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Documentary Short 1 
11:30am - 1pm
with Matthew Nyquist 
12:30pm - 2pm
with Sam Finch 
1:30pm - 2:45pm
International Narrative Short 1
1pm - 1:43pm
Kansas High School Films 
2pm - 4pm
moderated by Sue Vicory 
2:45pm - 4:01pm
Washburn Student and Alum Films 
1:45pm - 3:15pm
with Matthew Nyquist and Kerry Wynn 
4pm - 5:30pm
(R Rating) Cult Films
with Andy Farkas 
4:10pm - 5pm
3:15pm - 3:58pm
Narrative Short 
5:30pm - 6pm
Awards : BEST OF WIFI 2021 
5pm - 6:30pm
with Dr. Andrew Anglin 
4pm - 5pm
Ashley Maria Q&A 
6pm - 7:30pm
Documentary Short 2 
6:30pm - 7pm
International Documentary Short 
5pm - 6:30pm
with Liz Derrington 
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Soul Featured Screening
Yager Stadium
1925 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621
7pm - 9pm
ARTS Connect
Invite Only Event for supporters of the festival
6:30pm - 8pm
with Ashley Mayer 
8pm - 9pm
International Narrative Short 2 



Sue Vicory

Vicory is a three-time Telly Award Winning filmmaker, member of the Alliance of Women Directors, and past judge of both Regional and National Emmys. Vicory has directed a variety of films, specializing in documentaries.

Cara Myers

Cara is a seasoned, Emmy Award-winning editor and director who began her creative journey as a dancer. Raised by a writer and a musician, she was immersed in artistry from the beginning. Upon discovering experimental film at the Kansas City Art Institute, her storytelling transitioned from stage to screen, and she has been blazing her career path ever since.

Today, Cara and her team work with a variety of clients such as advertising agencies, video production houses, filmmakers, non-profit organizations as well as corporations such as Sprint, GE, Pfizer, Southwest Airlines, Hallmark, Tom's of Maine, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Projects include short, long-form, and feature-length pieces.

Whether it’s a commercial or artistic endeavor, Cara’s approach is intuitive and
compelling. Her stand-out qualities include the unmatched dedication and passion she brings to each project and client relationship.

Erin Zimmerman – Past President of KCWIFT

Erin Zimmerman holds a BA in Communication Studies and Leadership with an emphasis in Film and New Media from the University of San Diego. Following her start in film marketing, she has built a career as a visibility strategist, film and podcast producer. She recently ended her 6-year tenure on the Kansas City Women in Film and TV board of directors - 3 of which she served as President. She has long been sought after as an advocate, a collaborator, and a connector - of humans, ideas, and mutually supportive partnerships!

Jill Gevargizian “The Stylist”

Jill "Sixx" Gevargizian is a director, producer, writer, and hairstylist from Kansas City, Missouri. In 2012, she decided to bring independent genre films to her hometown by creating a monthly showcase called Slaughter Movie House. She founded Sixx Tape productions in 2014 with her directorial debut, CALL GIRL. Since then, she has written, produced and helmed numerous short films - most notably THE STYLIST in 2016. The film screened at genre festivals across the globe and won 20 awards. That short was also the inspiration for her debut feature of the same title which scored distribution in US, Canada, UK, and Australia with Arrow Video and releases this year.

Marlo Angell “The Wishing Bench”

Marlo Angell has a degree in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. She is the founding director of the Free State Festival, a co-founder of the female filmmaking collective, Women of Lawrence Film (WOLF), and the New Media Director of the Lawrence Arts Center. Marlo is a member of Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and the Film Festival Alliance. Her short films have been screened in festivals across the country including the AFI

Los Angeles International Film Festival. Her short plays have had readings and performances at the Fishtank Theatre, the KC Fringe Festival, and the Living Room Theatre.

Misty Boland

Before pivoting to writing and directing, Misti Boland worked as a production designer, most notably collaborating with Academy Award winner Kevin Willmott (BlacKkKlansman, Da 5 Bloods).

Her first short films as a writer/director toured the festival circuit, winning multiple Best of Fest awards along the way. Her short, Coutestan, debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival, and in the following year, she served as an honored Awards Juror at the festival.

Misti turned to episodic storytelling by co-creating and directing the award-winning western drama, RED BIRD.
RED BIRD became the first short form series to stream on Amazon Prime and earned the network its first four Daytime Emmy Nominations.

Her follow up short form series, The Square Root, was the most awarded series of 2020, and as a result, AMC Networks named her as one of the top five female episodic creators of the year.


Ashley Maria
Ashley Maria
is a director and writer located in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is the recipient of the prestigious Directors Guild of America award, and most recently, she was recognized as the “Best New Director” at the DTLA Film Festival.
Best known for her films and media work, including the comedy & horror
shorts — Friday Night Fright and Volcano Girl, and her 2020 breakthrough production Pioneers in Skirts, Ashley is also an advocate for advancing women’s opportunities. She is a North American delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women.
When not on set, Ashley is a directing instructor at UCLA’s Film School and a sound instructor at the American Film Institute’s Young Women in Film program.

Showing her film Pioneers in Skirts:
Pioneers in Skirts is a multi-award-winning social impact film about the issues that affect a woman’s pioneering ambition. Real-life stories and frank commentary leave viewers seeing their role in the solution, feeling hopeful, and motivated to act.

Pioneers in Skirts will be on Demand from 10AM on April 22 until 10AM April 24. Link will be provided before the festival begins.

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