Force For Good Film Festival for High School Students

In 1842, Rev. Edward F. Sorin founded the University of Notre Dame du Lac.  This University, Sorin predicted, will become “a powerful force for good”.

150 years later in 1992, IBM invented the world's first smartphone, Simon.

Today, Sorin's vision and Simon's technology join together for the 1st annual Force For Good Film Festival. A film festival for high school students and their phones.

The Force For Good Film Festival was created to encourage high school students to use your personal cell phones as creative tools, by making short films with positive messages. 

Be a Force For Good in your school, with your friends, in your community, and the world.

Here's how it works.


1. Current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible. 

2. Take a phone, and a creative idea, and make a five minute (or less) short film that touches on the concept of being a "force for good".

Here are some great tips for making a film with your phone. No matter which phone you're using,  check out both links (iPhone and Android). For editing tips check out these how-to-videos: 
Kinemaster for Android, or iMovie for the iPhone.

3. Upload your film to the Force For Good Film Festival site on by April 2, 2018.

4. On April 30, 2018 we'll announce the winners online. Winning films will be screened at the ANDkids World Film Festival in August 2018 at the University of Notre Dame's Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

5. The Gold Medal Best of Fest winner is eligible to receive a full scholarship•• to the two-week University of Notre Dame Summer Scholars Program (Film Production Track) for either 2018 or 2019. (see details below for eligibility requirements)

6. Silver Medal winners in each of the two categories (fiction and non-fiction), are eligible to receive a $500 partial scholarship•• toward attending Notre Dame Summer Scholars (see details below for eligibility requirements).

7. Honorable Mention films will receive recognition and be screened along with the winning films at the ANDkids World Film Festival.

8. Films must be produced and completely made by students. However, they can be produced either inside or outside a classroom environment. We encourage teachers to incorporate the Force For Good Film Festival into a class curriculum, and provide advice and feedback just like any other homework or research assignment.

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••Scholarship only available to current high school sophomores or juniors, and is contingent upon acceptance into Summer Scholars program (Film Production Track). Winning student must provide copy of high school transcript, teacher recommendation letter, and counselor report. Winning student has no obligation to attend Summer Scholars program. Full scholarship and partial scholarships are only applicable to Summer Scholars program, are non-transferable, and cannot be redeemed for cash. Students may enter more than one submission. More than one student may be credited as a film's director, however only one scholarship or partial scholarship can be offered per winning film.

For more information, email Force For Good Film Festival director Ted Mandell.

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