2017 Notre Dame Student Film Festival


The 28th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

January 26-28, 2017
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm

Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm*
*Audience Choice Award will be presented after the 9:30 screening on Saturday, January 28

Running Time: Approximately 120 min. (Some films may contain mature content.)

TICKETS: Tickets for the Notre Dame Student Film Festival are $7 for the general public; $6 for faculty, staff, and seniors (65+); and $4 for students. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 574-631-2800, or in person at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office (M-F, 12:00 - 6:00 pm).

The 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 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. Audience members are now invited to vote for their favorite film via text message, and the Audience Choice Award is presented after the final screening.

The 2017 Audience Choice Award went to Crystal Avila for Debajo de los árboles (Beneath The Trees).

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

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. Sleep. Ride. - 2015 DocuWest International Film Festival
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 28th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival
Featured Films

Prayer Associate
Ryan Taylor, Ben Vasquez (8:42)
From high above, there’s plenty of work for Woody at the Department of Prayer Relations.

Peace at the Pipeline
Erin Lattimer, Ryan Leen (10:11)
Two Notre Dame students travel to Standing Rock, and find that the story isn’t the protest, it’s the people.
2017 Riverside International Film Festival
2017 San Pedro International Film Festival

Colour Blind
Jill Chipley, Rosie Biehl, Liz Konicek (12:01)
Value in life is not black and white.

Debajo de los árboles (Beneath the Trees)
Crystal Avila (15:20)
With the help of his granddaughter and an old still camera, a Mexican immigrant recalls his path across the Arizona border decades ago.
WINNER- 2017 Notre Dame Student Film Festival, Audience Choice Award
2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
2018 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Schattenvolk *
Anna Poltrack (2:49)
Who's Hoo? *
Rebecca Mai (2:09)
Horse Play *
Tanner Cipriano (4:40)
*Animatic short films- rough representations of what will become fully animated films.

Nothing To Be Done
Colton Williamson, Moira Hamilton, Cody Mason (23:20)
An undergraduate opus spins through a triangle of love.

Rosie Biehl, John Salazar (10:03)
In Antigua, Guatemala one ceramic pot can change lives.

Alex Mansour, Jessica Wilson (7:58)
The reality of loss cannot be captured in images.

Improv on the Rez
Micaela Powers, Craig Schmier  (11:39)
A startup troupe pioneers improv comedy on the Navajo reservation.

Take Two
Mariel Cuellar, Meagan Snodell (7:16)
A haunting trip and an empty prescription bottle.

Old Friends
Dakota Connell-Ledwon, Matt Keough (8:41)
In Tennessee, there’s a shelter for man’s best friends who’ve seen better days.