Wolverine ConSan Bernardino Valley College's Wolverine Con and International Student Film Festival has once again exceeded expectations with its 12th annual event. The festival provided a platform for aspiring filmmakers to showcase their talent and for industry professionals to share their knowledge and expertise. The festival's premiere of the SBVC FTVM Department's first-ever hour drama project, "Lynwood High," was a significant moment. Mariana Lapizco, a former business major turned filmmaker, won the awards for Best Directing and Grand Jury for her film, "Blood Ties." Lapizco and her production team, Phase 3 Films, blended a mix of ethnicities and languages, and even secured a hangar with airplanes from Riverside Municipal Airport, which added to the visual element of the thrilling and action-packed short-film. Lapizco shared her gratitude for her team and the decision to pursue film, saying, "I'm really grateful that I took a leap of faith and changed my major to Film, TV, and Media here at San Bernardino Valley College."

Submissions for the 2024 Wolverine Con and SBVC International Student Film Festival are open and three films have already been submitted at https://filmfreeway.com/SBVC_FilmFest. SBVC FTVM Department Chair Lucas Cuny praised the festival, saying, "We're always amazed at the talent and dedication of the filmmakers who submit their work to the festival. It's truly an honor to be able to provide a platform for them to showcase their skills and creativity." For more information about SBVC’s Film, TV, and Media Department, visit https://valleycollege.edu/ftvm.