2013 Notre Dame Student Film Festival

24th Annual 
Notre Dame Student Film Festival 

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
January 24, 25, 26,  2013, 6:30 and 9:30 PM
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Total run time: Approximately 113 minutes

A campus tradition like no other, 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. 

This year, The Film Fest introduces the brand new AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD, voted on by the audience via text message during the first five screeenings, and awarded to the student director(s) of the winning film before the final screening on Saturday night. (Update 1/28: This year's AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER was "The Lost Pastime.")

Over the years, the Notre Dame Student Festival has debuted numerous films which later traveled the national film festival circuit.

Last year, the Festival debuted Kelsie Kiley and Grace Johnson's documentary PROJECT HOPEFUL, which went on to screen at eighteen national film festivals, including winner of the Best Picture at the RE:Image Film Festival.

In 2011, the student documentary THE ELECT (Erin Zacek, Dan Moore) was an official selection of the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival as well as the internationally prestigious Angelus Student Film Festival in Hollywood, where it was chosen as one of six documentary finalists from 527 entries covering 180 film schools. 

PICKING UP AMERICA  (Marie Wicht, Michael Burke) from the 2011 Notre Dame Student Film Festival was an official selection of ten national film festivals, the Social Change Award winner at the Ivy Film Festival, and featured on both ABC and NBC national news broadcasts.

Alumni filmmakers whose work first debuted at the Notre Dame Student Film Festival include:

  • Peter Richardson (2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award winner, How To Die in Oregon)
  • Jeremy Rall (Music video director for such artists as Ludacris, Jay-Z, R. Kelly ... Winner of 2002 MVPA Best Hip-Hop Music Video)
  • M-K Kennedy (Vice President of Production at NBC Universal)
  • John Hibey (Producer of the 2012 Sundance Film Jury Award Winner for Short Filmmaking... Fishing Without Nets)
  • Amy Winter (General Manager of TLC Networks)
  • Lydia Antonini (Director of Digital Development for Warner Brothers)
  • Andy Kris (sound mixer, The Wire, Treme, Blue Bloods)
  • Dave Chamberlin (Producer of TV series, The Confession starring Kiefer Sutherland)
  • Jubba Seyyid (Executive in Charge of Production, TV One Network)

2013 Student Film Festival - watch now on YouTube

Journey of a Pen (11:48)

Kathleen Bracke, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Kelsie Kiley
The realities of high school as seen through the travels of a ball point pen.

Amie's Image (7:45)

Nicole Timmerman, Erin Moffitt, Elizabeth Kellogg
The outlet of art provides inspiration for a woman struggling to make ends meet in Chicago.

Three's a Crowd (4:25)

Eileen Chong
Feelings are hard to explain, and even harder to forget.

Shadowpainting (4:59)

Katie Mattie, Fiora O'Meara
Painting with someone looking over your shoulder is not a good idea.

The Lost Pastime (13:51)

Grace Carini, Marty Flavin, Andrew Cheng
A group of baseball purists resurrect a version of America's pastime not seen since the 1800s. AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER.

Sleeper (8:07)

Vincent Moore, Greg Doonan
Something is in the house while he's sleeping... and the prescribed solution isn't solving the problem.

The Sculptor (7:50)

Suzann Petrongolo, Duncan Smith, Zachary Smith
For two years, Andrew Wilson Smith spends his time chipping away at the facades of a monastery on the plains.

Sinking (4:02)

Ashley Puffer
A love story of oral hygiene.

Undecided (5:12)

Eileen Chong, Shelley Kim
An Asian woman faces a cosmetic decision that she hopes will change her future.

Scarves and Crosses (11:57)

Bri Neblung, Collin Erker, Siobhan Martinez
A unique look into the lives of three Muslim students practicing their faith on a Catholic campus.

Mimesis (7:45)

Sara McGuirk, Dan Garcia de Paredes
There is no invention in the poet, until he...or she...is possessed.

Clergy (8:33)

Zuri Eshun, Blake Avery
Haunting and powerful, an inner battle tears at the heart of a young priest.

Out of the Ashes (7:52)

Johnny Whichard, Ana Christian, Pat Nguyen
The residents of Mannford, Oklahoma try to cope with life, four months after a wildfire destroys their town.

Unseeing (5:07)

Raymond Herrly
A dreamy saunter down the railroad tracks comes to a crossroads.

Talk It Out (4:50)

Camille Muth, Will Neal
Things just aren't working out for us....right?

The following films were available for viewing online only

First Day of Spring (16:11)

Bri Neblung, Siobhan Martinez, Andrew Cheng
The four seasons of a springtime courtship. (ONLINE only)

Locked (4:38)

Nicole Sganga, Kai Gayoso
A found locket holds more than just luck in it. (ONLINE only)

Games (5:30)

Claire Stephens, Jacqueline Ruiz
A Facebook stalker gets the tables turned. (ONLINE only)

National Hero (6:41)

Frank Schadt, Eric O'Donnell
Faced with life inside an oppressed country, a diver makes a choice at an international meet. (ONLINE only)

Corbin (6:50)

Troy Suter, Hunter Speese
Being a birdman on campus isn't all that it's cracked up to be. (ONLINE only)