Our team’s goal is to create a safe space for education and creativity. We are focused on helping kids gain access to art and athletics, two areas that are increasingly lacking in public funding. Through our work, we empower the dreamers and inspire the next generation.

Founder Josh Merwin

Josh Merwin has viewed the world through a camera lens since he was 8 years old. He combined his mom’s passion for photography and his dad’s love of sports and started his career shooting for ESPN Magazine and Sports Illustrated. His passion for storytelling grew and after working on a documentary film for 12 years, he realized the need for a major sports film festival. This led to the creation of the International Sports Film Festival, a place that will help other filmmakers launch their stories and encourage the next generation to follow their dreams.

Artist Mikayla Pete

High school Senior Mikayla Pete has had a passion for drawing from the day she could hold a pencil. She is the lead artist for our animated kids book series. Currently a proud NHS member and Computer Science major and will be a first generation college student. “Though I like to explore a variety of my interests, tech included, drawing and illustration will always be a core part of me.”

TTL - Houston Board

The board for our non-profit 501c3 is made up of leaders in their field who care deeply about the education of the next generation and the power of storytelling. More info coming soon.

Terry Merwin

Lisa Simon

Jordan Scheiner

Josh Merwin

Miguel Garcia

DonkeeBoy's "Young Art Pros"

Sports Film Fest has been working with DonkeeBoy’s Young Art Pros students to create art that celebrates the Phi Slama Jama team from the 1980’s. These students have created an animated kids book with each page downloadable as a coloring page for kids across the country! These have also created unique Art Backboards that will be revealed this weekend. Please support our educational programming by making a donation today!