Notre Dame Student Film Festival


26th Annual 
Notre Dame Student Film Festival 

Thursday January 29, 2015   7:00pm only
Friday January 30, 2015   6:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday January 31, 2015  6:30pm and 9:30pm
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


Celebrating its 26th year, the wildly popular 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. 

As in recent years, audience members were invited to vote for their favorite film via text message, and the Audience Choice Award was presented after the final screening.  The 2015 Audience Choice Award went to Much Ado After School, directed by Nicole Sganga and Brian Lach.

The Notre Dame Student Film Festival is an annual launching pad for student filmmakers as they begin their careers in the film, television, and entertainment industry. Over the past 26 years, 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).

ND Student Film Festival in the news - watch video from WSBT 22
NDSFF featured in the South Bend Tribune

2015 Notre Dame Student Film Festival 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.





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.





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.



Additional films will be available online only after the film festival.

2014 ND Student Film Festival
2013 ND Student Film Festival
2012 ND Student Film Festival
2011 ND Student Film Festival
2010 ND Student Film Festival
2009 ND Student Film Festival
2008 ND Student Film Festival
2007 ND Student Film Festival
2006 ND Student Film Festival
2005 ND Student Film Festival
2004 ND Student Film Festival
2003 ND Student Film Festival
2002 ND Student Film Festival
2001 ND Student Film Festival
2000 ND Student Film Festival
1999 ND Student Film Festival
1998 ND Student Film Festival
1997 ND Student Film Festival
1996 ND Student Film Festival
Student Film Archives pre-1996


See Also...

NDTV - student managed television production company
WVFI Radio - student managed online station