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. 


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. 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 3, 2020.

4. On May 4, 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. 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


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.