Below you will meet the core personnel behind the New Art Film Festival (NAFF) of Champaign, Illinois. You may contact them with NAFF-related questions or comments through the Contact fields at the bottom!


Program Director
Jason Pankoke

Having spent more than two decades as a writer, designer, graphic artist, cinema fan, and independent culture advocate based in Champaign, Jason Pankoke brings a wealth of dedication, knowledge, and integrity to his roles as co-founder and Program Director of the NAFF. His journals on the topics of independent cinema, Micro-Film (1999-2006) and C-U Confidential (2006-present), have connected him with artists worldwide who feel the act of movie-making is not an exclusive province of Hollywood or corporate media giants. As well, his continuous interaction with the Champaign-Urbana community has helped him tailor these projects to empower on an autonomous, grassroots level. He is a member of the networking group Champaign Movie Makers, an unofficial adviser of the University of Illinois student group Illini Film & Video, and an occasional guest on the irreverent pop culture podcast Damian Duffy After Dark with Damian Duffy, Eric Benson, and Stephen “Sven” Johnson. By day, he is a publication design professional at Adept Content Solutions in Urbana and has provided similar services in the printing and publishing fields for 20-plus years. Other recent activities have included a five-year stint as the layout designer of Bachelor Pad Magazine, also published in Champaign, and contributing to his second Quentin Tarantino book written by Andrew J. Rausch, this on the unfinished micro-budget feature MY BEST FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY. When not in the public eye, Pankoke enjoys his coffee time, libation sessions, occasional recreational sports, fits of reading, writing, and doodling, out-of-town trips to visit family, and residing at the Secret Micro-Film Headquarters located … well … it’s a secret, people!


Promotional Designer
Lisa Cerezo

Lisa Cerezo has been obsessed with movies for nearly her entire life. She got her first glimpse into the process of filmmaking thanks to Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, whose program SISKEL & EBERT she watched faithfully for years. As a musician, she grew up on John Williams, Michael Kamen, and Danny Elfman. It is her dream to conduct her own film score someday.

On the web, Lisa runs a rather sporadic blog at Everyone Has A Story where she shares her thoughts on various movies in the most haphazard way possible. On the local scene, she has assisted in a smattering of local film productions, including THE FAMINE, FLUFFYSTEIN, and ONCE UPON A TIME IN 1977. Mostly, though, Lisa considers herself a storyteller for any and all purposes, including her “day job” as the lead web developer for ThirdSide.


Assets Manager
Luke Boyce

Luke Boyce has been involved with the filmmaking process since he was 14 years old, working on a Roger Corman film in Los Angeles. In 2006, he co-founded the award-winning production company, Shatterglass Studios. Through his skills as a director and creative leader, he has gone on to direct more than 100 productions including films, commercials, and documentaries.

In 2013, he won a regional Emmy award for a documentary examining Roger Ebert’s Film Festival that occurred only weeks after the film critic’s untimely death. His documentary work over the past nine years has led him to interview some of the greatest names in cinema including Oliver Stone, Tilda Swinton, Haskell Wexler, Spike Lee, and many more. He is currently in preproduction and financing on his feature-length directorial debut project, a live-action adaptation of the award-winning Image Comics series Revival, a Midwestern horror/noir.


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The New Art Film Festival is an annual festival showcasing local filmmakers from Champaign-Urbana, IL, and other downstate Illinois cities.

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