Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Nicole Sganga & Brian Lach - NDSFF Audience Choice Award winners 2015

The Notre Dame Student Film Festival screens films made by ND undergraduates during the past year as class projects. These students study the art of filmmaking in advanced, intermediate, and introductory film and video production courses taught in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.  All films are shot on location and often feature the acting talents of Notre Dame students and faculty. Audience members are now invited to vote for their favorite film via text message, and the Audience Choice Award is presented after the final screening.  The 2015 Audience Choice Award went to Much Ado After School, directed by Nicole Sganga and Brian Lach.

An annual launching pad for student filmmakers as they begin their careers in the film, television, and entertainment industry, the festival has featured the first films of future award winners such as Peter Richardson (2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award winner, How To Die in Oregon) and John Hibey (2012 Sundance Film Jury Award Winner for Short Filmmaking, Fishing Without Nets).

The 26th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Thursday, January 29 - Saturday, January 31, 2015
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Featured Films

Cold Open (7:16)
Brian Lach, Lesley Stevenson

Writer’s block meets actor’s ambitions in a slick trip through a rough draft.

The Way Things Were (10:20)
Blake Avery, Zuri Eshun

A teenager’s stable world cracks when his desire for a college education forces him to confront the weight of his damaged family - and ultimately, his closest friend.

Much Ado After School (15:35)
Brian Lach, Nicole Sganga

An ambitious after school program brings out the inner Bard in a group of South Bend students. Winner of 2015 ND Student Film Festival Audience Choice Award. Official Selection 2015 Reality Bytes Film Festival.

The Night Out (10:56)
Mitchell Abraham, Zachary Ostapchenko, Weibo Chen

There’s a party at the house down the street….or is there?

Eat Ride Sleep (15:15)
Mikey Nichols, Lauren Josephson

9-year old CJ Burford hears God’s call to ride his bike across America, with the family RV right behind him, and the media tagging along. Official Selection of the 2015 DocuWest International Film Festival.

Metta Johnson's Video Portfolio (8:18)
Will Neal, Nick Desmone

Metta Johnson wants to be a big time Hollywood director. But he has no talent and no creative skills. Here’s proof.

Love Thy Neighbor (9:40)
Bryan Daly, Jill Chipley

The girl next door is looking for love in all the wrong faces.

Isn’t It Pretty to Think So (16:56)
John Rodgers, Carleigh Coyne

After a short stint in a rehab facility, Owen comes home to find that some things never change.

Curry & Erin (9:30)
Eric O'Donnell, Maureen Gavin

Stricken with ALS, and blessed with a loving husband, a day in the life of Nashville artist Erin Brady Worsham is like no other. 

Reparation (9:26)
Anthony Patti, Bryan Dimas

Stylishly haunting, a young woman attempts an escape from a prison-like mental institution.

J2K (12:15
Grace Carini, Hunter Speese

A dermatologist, a librarian, and a grocery store clerk. Not exactly the three wise men, but some pregnancies are just surreal.

Ted Mandell ND Student Film Festival 2014 red carpet