To nurture, educate, and celebrate the storytellers of tomorrow
The Pegasus Film Society (PFS) was founded in 2012 by teacher-filmmaker Niloo Jalilvand of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. With the help of passionate student leaders, an annual youth film festival (Pegasus Film Festival) and a summer film intensive (Pegasus Summer Film Media Institute) were born and grew to include and support all high school filmmakers across the state of Texas. Since 2017, Pegasus has operated under the umbrella of the Video Association of Dallas (VAD), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Pegasus and VAD partnered on several projects, including the annual 24 Hour Video Race!
In 2020, Niloo Jalilvand joined forces with teacher-filmmaker Glenys Quick to elevate their previous collaborative efforts into the Pegasus Media Project (PMP).
Jalilvand’s students at Booker T. Washington and Quick’s students at The Hockaday School have gone on to study film at the nation’s top film programs including NYU, USC, UT Austin, Northwestern, and SCAD.
Meet The Founders
Renée Contreras has a strong passion for film education and the arts. She has an extensive background in non-profit fundraising, event production, and marketing. During her career, she has worked with various non-profits and organizations such as Readers 2 Leaders, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, and the Dallas Film Society.
At Readers 2 Leaders she served as the Development Manager where she was responsible for prospecting, securing, and stewarding individual donors and corporate sponsors while conducting individual and annual campaigns. At Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, she managed and executed multi-million-dollar fundraising events that generated 15% of the agency revenue. While leading a team, she developed and implemented fundraising strategies to achieve agency financial goals of $16 million-plus annually.
Film education and the arts are a huge passion of Renée's. During her time at the Dallas Film Society, she was the Director of Membership, Education, and Outreach where she programmed all the educational shorts, produced High School Day and Family Day during the Dallas International Film Festival.
Renée Contreras is a native of Dallas and a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and TV. She is a huge fan of classic film and all things Judy Garland.
Public Relations Associate
Grayson Micaela is a 21 year old multi-faceted artist and honors graduate from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Dallas, Texas). On track to obtain her Bachelor’s in Communications with a focus on Public Speaking and PR, and armed with her extensive background in the arts, along with ongoing training under industry professionals, Grayson is your go-to go-getter Social Media/PR Manager, multi-media artist and musician, nanny, (almost) 200 hour yoga teacher, business owner and lifelong lover of all things artistic.
With a Masters in Museum Science from Texas Tech University, She has worked at the Smithsonian, WGBH, and National Geographic and is the longtime Managing Director for the oldest film festival in Dallas - DallasVideoFest. When not watching movies Raquel can be found birdwatching or buying more plants much to her family’s consternation. This Summer she is also happily busy as a Mentor for the First 2021 Planet911 EarthxYouth Fellowship
Media Relations/Film Publicist
As a former journalist, Kelly Kitchens became a film publicist for more than 20 years. Kelly is the publicist for many North Texas film festivals including Dallas VideoFest, Pegasus Film Festival, and Frame4Frame Film Festival, and independent films that play at other film festivals. She is also the publicist for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in DFW.
Joel "CJ" Camot Jr. is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer, and musician. He was the producer of the Pegasus Film Festival during the 2020-21 festival cycle. Among other things he did for the festival, he designed the website, which lead him here. He is a former IB Film student who has recently graduated from Alcuin School in Dallas, Texas. In the fall he will be attending the Moody college of communications at the University of Texas at Austin. He will be majoring in Radio, Television, and Film.
South Dallas Cultural Center
Dallas Video Fest
University of Texas at Arlington
Veterans Institute for Film & Media