Notre Dame Student Film Festival

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32nd Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival: Quarantined!
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the 32nd Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival: Quarantined!, to be streamed on FTT’s YouTube channel at 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 2. In-person screenings in the Browning Cinema will take place Thursday, April 29 – Sunday, May 2.

Thursday April 29th at 7:30 pm.
Friday, April 30th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 1st at 7:30 pm.
Sunday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm*
Livestream on FTT YouTube Channel (Sunday May 2nd 7pm only)
*Audience Choice Award presented after the 7:00 screening on Sunday, May 2nd. Online viewers will also be able to vote for the Audience Choice Award.

Attendance limited to Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff; a maximum of 72 tickets will be available for each screening. Tickets may be reserved on DPAC's website one hour prior to the screening. 

Halfway through the spring semester in 2020, Notre Dame sent its students home due to the pandemic, and classes were taught online. Without access to FTT equipment, students made films with their phones as cameras, their families as actors. In the fall, though back at Notre Dame, they were restricted to filming while socially distanced within the confines of campus. Numerous times, crew and cast members were quarantined for weeks.

The 32nd Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival: Quarantined is a collection of films made during this unprecedented time,” says festival founder and FTT faculty member Ted Mandell. “It’s a time capsule of the campus atmosphere and a testament to our students’ creativity, resilience, and perseverance.”

Over the years the NDSFF has been a 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), as well as numerous others. Writers, producers, editors, executives, many NDSFF alumni are now career professionals at Netflix, Lionsgate, Dreamworks, Industrial Light & Magic, Disney, NBC Universal and numerous other companies.

Many student films from past festivals have also been selected for national and international film festivals, including:

Tape Wizard- 2020 Bolton International Film Festival, 2020 Portland Film Festival
Sandbranch- 2020 International Social Change Film Festival
Shelter Me- 2019 Arizona International Film Festival (Best Documentary Short), 2019 USA Film Festival (Jury Award, International Short Film Competition), 2019 Atlanta ShortsFest Film Festival (Best Short Documentary)
Emma.- 2019 NYC Short Documentary Film Festival (Best Director), 2019 Harvard College Film Festival,  2019 Ivy Film Festival, 2019 Oregon Documentary Film Festival
Breaking the Cycle- 2018 New York City Short Film Festival (Best Documentary Short), 2018 USA Film Festival (First Place Non-Fiction short film), 2018 Ivy Film Festival (Best U.S. Undergraduate Documentary)
Respectfully, Tony - 2017 Nevada City Film Festival
Debajo de los árboles (Beneath the Trees)- 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Peace at the Pipeline - 2017 San Pedro International Film Festival, 2017 Riverside International Film Festival
patrolling sandy hook - 2016 USA Film Festival (Winner, Special Jury Award), 2016 DocuWest International Film Festival (Winner, Women Who Doc Award)
Spark of Madness - 2016 Naperville Independent Film Festival (Best Student Film Nominee)
Eat. Ride. Sleep. - 2015 DocuWest International Film Festival, 2015 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominee
Curry & Erin - 2015 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (Special Jury Prize, Collegiate Documentary)
The Suicide Disease - 2014 Sunset International Film Festival (Winner, Best Short Documentary)
The Last Free Place - 2014 Anchorage International Film Festival
Project Hopeful - 2012 Re:Image Film Festival (Winner, Best Picture, Collegiate Category)
King of the Park - 2012 CineYouth Film Fest (Winner, Best Comedy, Senior Division)
The Elect - 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, 2012 Dallas International Film Festival
Picking Up America - 2011 Ivy Film Festival (Winner, Social Change Award)

The 32nd Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Running Time: Approximately 115 min.
Some films contain mature content.

Featured Films

Our Year (4:27)
Ana Wolfermann
On New Year’s Eve 2019, life was feeling great. 

Singing Through The Masks (10:59)
Mariella Stephens
With live theatre shut down, senior Ronnie Mansour stages her original musical in a most peculiar way.

Busted (7:27)
Grace Beutter
There’s got to be a morning after. 

Gatekeeper (5:43)
Joel Mandell, Laila Ibrahim
They never witnessed a football season like 2020, but they’ve witnessed just about everything else. 

Carved (3:56)
Briana Avila
A very heady Halloween. 

Scott - no relation (17:51)
Scott Kiley
It’s hard to be funny during a pandemic. 

Home (4:56)
Ivan Skvaril, Bella Martinez, William Ventura-Chavez, Parker Jochum, Peter Dore
Sent home for the semester, five students capture quarantine life in 60 seconds.

Kurt (5:31)
Nate Robards
Lather, rinse, repeat, lather, rinse, repeat, lather, rinse.

Full Peal (5:24)
Parker Jochum, Abby Stokes
The bells of the Basilica are usually heard not seen….until now.

Scissors (2:49)
Bella Martinez
The dark side of scrapbooking.

The Dating Class (11:31)
Lizzie Todd, JD Carney
At Notre Dame, you can go on a date…and get extra credit for it.

21. across (9:17)
Kilian Vidourek
A man goes through his daily routine. Things get bizarre.

Self Entertainment (4:44)
Brendan Gage
Quarantined at home, with your phone as a camera.

Alone Together (8:00)
Michael Enright, Grace Akin
In fall 2020, students returned to an isolated community.

Chow Time / Study Buddy (6:37)
Hugh Flynn, Kelsey Allen
"Animatics" are a guide for creating an eventual finished animated film. Along with scriptwriting, the animatic is the first step in planning/visualizing the story before the actual production begins, which can take years.

Supply and Demand (2:12)
Parker Jochum
A short about a shortage.