The second annual Lux Mea Film Festival was a success. Here is a list of the 2022 winning films that were shown on April 23rd.

Best Acting Performance by Male Actor:
Malachi Abbott – Ghosts Aren’t Real

Best Acting Performance by Female Actor:
Arami Hillebrand – Ghosts Aren’t Real

Best Cinematography:
The Things Above – Luke Owen / Aaron Phillips

Best Original Score:
The Things Above – Elliott Eyre

Best Special FX:
Target Acquired – Matt Schoonover/Jacob Shirk

Best Audio Editing/Mixing:
The Things Above – Aaron Phillips

Best Editing:
Melodie de L’amour – Gracie Turnbaugh / Sarah Smith

Best Super Short:
Happy Studying – Mark Dixon

Best Screenplay:
The Things Above – Caleb Vinoverski

Best Documentary:
Hooked on A Day – Jeff Boyd, Ryan Putnam, Jake Aspacher

Best Narrative:
Forgotten – Wes Gray

Audience Favorite:
Forgotten – Wes Gray

The following student films have been selected for screening at the second annual Lux Mea Film Festival in Crawford Auditorium on April 23rd at 7pm.

37 Questions with President McNulty by Blaise Kilmartin, Karis Fischer, and Mara Polczynski

Brick by Brick by Maya Lindberg and Annie Grace Smith

A Chapstick Horror Story by Arami Hillebrand

Dancing Daily by Meg Leach and Madeline Warburton

En Garde! by Lydia Dyk and Diesel Losch

Forgotten by Wes Gray

Ghosts Aren’t Real… by Malachi Abbott

Happy Studying by Mark Dixon

Harper’s Playground by Sarah Sawyers

Hooked On A Day by Jake Aspacher, Jeff Boyd, and Ryan Putnam

The Last Detention by Diesel Losch

Mélodie de L’amour by Blaise Kilmartin, Sarah B. Smith, Ethan Pierson, and Gracie Turnbaugh

A Ring, But No Girl by Meg Leach

Target Acquired by Matt Schoonover and Jacob Shirk

The Things Above by Caleb Vinoverski

Wanna Be My Roommate? by Meg Leach, Madeline Warburton, and Lydia Dyk

Grove City, PA. — Lux Mea Film Festival announced the anticipated return of the event to Grove City College’s campus April 23 at 7 PM in Crawford Auditorium. The student-produced festival boasted a successful debut in the spring of 2021 from the efforts of an advanced communication arts class taught by Professor Greg Bandy.   

“I’m super excited to help bring this event back to campus. It was so cool to see the supportive response Lux Mea got last year and we’re hoping to see that again this year,” said junior Communication Arts major, Grace Eldridge, Digital Marketing Manager for the event.  

All aspects of the Lux Mea Film Festival are created and produced by students enrolled in Grove City College’s “Special Events and Promotions” course. 

Lux Mea Film Festival is named for the motto of the college, meaning “My Light.” The festival exists to illuminate truth through films and features the work of student narratives.  

“I have thought for a long time that producing a film is a quintessential liberal arts educational experience,” says Bandy.  “Think about it. It involves writing, theatre, art, music, technology, management and problem solving.” 

The festival invites Grove City students to submit their short films, whether created for a classroom assignment or produced independently, and showcase it to the student body and community.  

If you are interested in being a part of the festival, Bandy explained that student submissions will be accepted starting April 1 and close April 11 at 12 pm. The film submission form is available on the Lux Mea website. Further criteria for entries can be found at for students planning to participate.  

Tickets will go on sale no later than April 11 in the Breen Student Union. 

For more information about Lux Mea Film Festival or how to submit films to the event, visit the festival website or contact us at


The Lux Mea Film Festival of Grove City College invites you to submit original films for entry into the film festival competition! 


1. Films must fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Narrative  
  • Documentary  
  • Animations or Stop Motion  
  • Super Short (less than 3 minutes) 
  • Experimental  

2. Music used in films MUST be cleared and licensed properly, unless it is original and/or in the public domain. 

3. Lux Mea Film Festival will be accepting submissions from April 1 – April 11.  To submit your films, a box labeled “Lux Mea Film Festival” will be placed outside of HAL 200K starting April 1.  Your submission must be formatted exactly in the following:  

  • film must be on a thumb drive. 
  • submission form (located on the website) must be completed, printed, and placed in a white envelope with the thumb drive.   
  • film must abide by video specifications.  To find the list of video specifications go to our website, navigate to the submissions tab, and locate the “file specification and upload instructions” PDF.  
  • include $5 entry fee in envelope.   

4. The most important video specifications are the following, but please see the “file specification and upload instructions” PDF on the Submissions tab for more specification details: 

  • MPEG-4 file (.mp4) with H.264 Codec  
  • Video Resolution: 1920 X 1080p 24 fps (23.976)  
  • Data rate: Target bitrate 20 Mbps, Max bitrate 24 Mbps (Using High encoding profile)  
  • Audio: AAC codec, 320 kbps, 48kHz, Stereo 

5. Deadline for submission is 12 PM April 11, 2022.   

For more information visit our website at or contact the Communication and Marketing Team at

Good luck!   

The first ever Lux Mea Film Festival was a success, with over 300 tickets sold! Here is a list of the 2021 winning films that were shown on April 30th:

Best Narrative (1), Audience Favorite, Best Visual Effects, Best Performance: 4 Steps to Make A Good Impression – Noah Lawrence

Best Narrative (2), Best Screenplay: The Confession – Malachi Abbott

Best Documentary: God, Family, Grades, Football (GFGF) – Ayden Gutierrez and Aaron Phillips

Best Super Short, Best Editing: Condiment Standoff – Wes Gray

Best Cinematography, Best Audio Editing/Mixing: Treebeard Brown– Catie Fluharty and Addie Reynolds

Want to watch these winning films? Click the Showcase tab on the website menu for links to the films on Vimeo!

The following student films have been selected for the first annual Lux Mea Film Festival at the Guthrie Theatre on April 30th at 7pm and May 1st at 2pm.

The Confession by Malachi Abbott

Silent Applause by Stephanie Bonifield and Andrew McDevitt

One More by Matthew Schoonover

Beauty in the Beans by Sydney Laughlin and Gracie Turnbaugh

Banana Boy by Sydney Laughlin

GFGF (God, Family, Grades, Football) by Ayden Gutierrez and Aaron Phillips

Mud to Mugs by Matt Schoonover and Jacob Shirk

How to Tie Shoes by Noah Lawrence

Busy Bees by David Criswell, Margaret Langgin, and Maddie Tipple

4 Tips to Make a Good Impression by Noah Lawrence

Ooh Baby by Barnabas Chen, Wes Gray, and David Zimmerman

The Condiment Standoff by Wes Gray

Treebeard by Catie Fluharty and Addie Reynolds

(GROVE CITY, PA) – Grove City College Communication Arts program is organizing its first student film festival and needs your films. The Lux Mea Film Festival will be premiering selected films at the Guthrie Theatre on April 30th and May 1st.   

The Lux Mea Film Festival is being conceptualized, developed and produced by a new Communication Arts class, Special Events and Promotions.  The class is taught by Professor Gregory Bandy, who had a similar class produce an annual student film festival for 13 years at his previous university in Kentucky.  

The Kentucky festival, under Bandy’s direction and the efforts of hundreds of talented students, became what a local newspaper called, one of “the top cultural events in the bluegrass area.” Thousands attended the festival through the years and its success gained the attention and participation of over 40 film professionals and Hollywood judges such as “The Shape of Water” actor Doug Jones, the sound designer for “Braveheart, Peter Lehman, the director for “Mulan, Barry Cook and Michael Flaherty, president of Walden Media, the studio that produced the “Chronicles of Narnia.”  Now, Bandy wants to bring this same success to Grove City.   

“We wanted to host a film festival at Grove City because I believe there’s an enormous amount of untapped storytelling talent here,” Bandy says. “Like sports and music, visual narrative media talent has to be developed, and a film festival is one of the best ways to encourage and reward such talent.”   

The film festival is debuting as the Lux Mea Film Festival, which means “my light.”  

“Our whole mission of storytelling,” Bandy says, “should be rooted in the values of telling the truth about it means to be a human being made in the image of God.”   

In its first year, Lux Mea is only accepting student films made by Grove City students who have produced their films while being enrolled in the school during the past four years. The deadline to enter the films is 11 a.m. April 14.  Films submitted to Lux Mea will be judged for acceptance based on their technical quality and engaging storytelling strength.  All students are encouraged to submit their films.  The Lux Mea Film Festival is open to many creative expressions but is dedicated to maintaining a worldview in alignment with the college’s culture and values. 

Bandy hopes that this class can help create the foundation for years of future Lux Mea Film Festivals and establish Grove City College as a creative storytelling center. “Prof B,” as many of his students refer to him, says the festival will be accepting submissions Apr. 7 to Apr. 14. For festival updates and to learn more about the details and specifications for submitting a film, visit the submissions page. 

“Something very magical takes place when the lights go down in a theater with hundreds of people in the room.  You’ve poured yourself into creatively crafting imagery, music and light into a story that hopefully makes people think, laugh, and maybe helps us see ourselves in a new, honest, even a funny way. It’s important that we tell stories that matter,” Bandy said, “So tell them.”