Team Members

ADAM ROCHA received film degree from UT Austin. He teaches cinema at John Marshall High School in NISD, San Antonio College and Northwest Vista Community College. He is the founder and Executive Director of the San Antonio Film Festival. He has been nominated for a Peabody Award, Texas Emmy, and an award from the Hollywood Reporter (Key Art Awards 2010). He is a San Antonio Spurs fan.

Susan Ranjel received art degree from UTSA. She is a constant gardener.

Like Susan, Covo also loves to garden, but lacking a green thumb, decided to throw herself into writing. The NYU grad currently works at La Prensa San Antonio as News & Web Editor, Senior Writer and Film Critic and local movie guru (ahem) — at least according to her editor-in-chief and Master of Ceremonies for the 2012 SAFILM- San Antonio Film Festival, Nina Duran.

Martin Valdespino is a native of San Antonio where he graduated from Keystone School. He has a BA from Tulane University and an MA in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He has taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Northwest Vista College. He has also worked on numerous film projects as an actor, crew member, and producer in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Antonio.

Two-time SAFILM alum Cedric Thomas Smith began his filmmaking journey in 2010 with a short on same-sex domestic violence, “Unimaginable.” He has since written, produced and directed several award-winning short films on the festival circuit, including the teen-bullying drama, “The Symphony of Silence.” Cedric’s goal is to continue to write, direct and produce stories that speak the truths of people starting with the feature film version of “Unimaginable.

Ryan Rocha was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He was recently an undergraduate film student at the University of Santa Fe of Art and Design. Ryan started working with SAFILM at the age of 18 where he learned and continues to learn the film festival circuit and among other aspects of the film industry.

You might hear my contagious laugh from miles away but that’s ok! My name is Audrey Arredondo. I am currently seeking a bachelors degree in Digital Communication at UTSA. I am a musical fanatic and so excited to be working with the festival this year.

Christian is a senior at Communications Arts High School who hopes to get a degree in Cinematography and to work on award-winning movies.

Erin De Leon was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, but despite having heard about the festival for years, she is new to the SAFILM team. She is currently pursuing a degree in English and/or Modern Culture & Media at Brown University.

Although originally from California, Jonathan Santiago has found new life within the vibrant San Antonio community. He is currently seeking a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Marketing from UTSA. He is an avid film-goer and hopes to seek more knowledge of the industry.

Some would call him a control freak; others, a careful leader. Both parties would be correct. A caffeine addict and lover of vintage, Robert’s latest venture is in that of the film industry. As Senior Class President and Co-Drama Captain of McCollum High School, Robert loves creating beautiful stories, whether it be on the stage, sheet, or screen. Although born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Robert hopes to major in theater arts and pursue acting in New York City during the Fall of 2018.

Sierra Gonzales was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently an undergraduate business student at the University of Texas at Austin. This is her first year interning with the San Antonio Film Festival.

Incoming senior at Taft High School who’s just your everyday film buff aspiring to be the best filmmaker he possibly can.

University of North Texas 2017 graduate with a Bachelor in Radio Television and Film. First time interning for SAFILM and is eager to embark on new creative adventures in the film industry.

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