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 3rd 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. 

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WATCH the Premiere of the 2020 FORCE FOR GOOD FILM FESTIVAL

Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020 at 9pm ET

 

BEST OF FEST AWARD
HER
Samuel Mitchell, Sidwell Friends School, Washington D.C.

JURY PRIZE SCHOLARSHIP (soph or junior only)
GHOST BIKES
Meltem Buyuran, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

STAND BY
William Dobak, Mira Costa HS, Manhattan Beach, CA

718 THOUSAND HOURS
Kate Snashall, Queenwood School For Girls, Sydney, NSW, Australia

HUMAN HAPPINESS
Olya Zyceva, Gymnasium 2, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia

DEAR FUTURE ME
Ethan Kauffman, Luke Magette, Giuliana Bruzzese
Eastern Camden County Regional High School, Voorhees, NJ

OUR GENERATION
Emma Ventresca, North Catholic High School, Gibsonia, PA

INFLATED
Race Conti, Grandview Preparatory School, Boca Raton, FL

WE’RE HUMAN
Kathleen Nguyen, Westminster HS, Westminster, CA

MATRIARCHY
Noelle He Ping Chao Nafus, Brighton High School, Rochester, NY

QUARANTINE
Karma Stodola, Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria, CA

A VOICE FOR THE FUTURE
Anni Spacek, East Hampton High School, East Hampton, NY

AN ECOSYSTEM ON THE LINE
Steven Simpson, East Stroudsburg Senior HS South, East Stroudsburg, PA

LET’S TALK ABOUT WATER
Alexander Colman, Weston High School, Weston, CT

SMILE ON THE OUTSIDE
Megan Johnston, Millis High School, Millis, MA

ELISE, THE UNSUNG HERO
Mia Molinari, Leah Abraham, Millis High School, Millis, MA

KALEIDOSCOPES
Lily Barfield, Windermere High School, Windermere, FL

BORN TO LOVE YOU
Jaden Adams, Millis High School, Millis, MA

BLOCKED
Annabel Wang, Alexander Mackenzie High School, Ontario, Canada

DNA
Romance Keyser, Damian Hougabook
Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium, Wyandotte, MI

TRUTH BE TOLD
Kendra Ray
Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium, Wyandotte, MI
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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, juniors and seniors are eligible.

2. Make a five minute (or less) short film that touches on the concept of being a "force for good". Use your phone or other personal camera.

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 FilmFreeway.com by April 3, 2020. (We're extending the DEADLINE to April 17 !)

4. On May 8th, 2020 we'll announce the official selections online. Selected films will be screened at the ANDkids World Film Festival in August 2020 at the University of Notre Dame's Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

5. A Summer Scholars scholarship winner will be selected from sophomore and junior entries. Winner is eligible to receive a full scholarship•• to the two-week University of Notre Dame Summer Scholars Program (Film Production Track) for either 2020 or 2021. (see details below for eligibility requirements)

6. A Best of Fest winner will be chosen from all entries.

7. Official Selection films will receive recognition and be screened in August along with the winning films at the ANDkids World Film Festival at Notre Dame.

8/3/20 NOTE: Our hope back in the Spring, was to have our annual screening of the festival at the University of Notre Dame in August. Obviously, things have changed since then.

The good news is that we will be having an online screening of the festival. Now you'll be able to watch all the films on Wednesday September 9 at 9pmET. We will be streaming the festival as a YouTube Premiere, and will provide the link at a later date. 

Given the various dates of school openings around the country, the goal was to hopefully have everyone back in session (in person or online), so that they could share the festival screening link with their school and classmates.

 

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.

Complete submission details at FilmFreeway.com

 

Force For Good Film Festival for High School Students proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world's #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and more.

••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. Scholarship only applicable to Summer Scholars program, is 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 can be offered per winning film.

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