2018 Notre Dame Student Film Festival

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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 invited to vote for their favorite film via text message, and the Audience Choice Award is presented after the final screening. The 2018 Audience Choice Award went to Audrey Grewe for her documentary, SAM.

Read In the Bend cover story on the Student Film Festival - "ND Film Fest Gets Serious" - in the South Bend Tribune (1/25/18)

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:

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. Sleep. Ride. - 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 29th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

January 26-28, 2018
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 pm & 9:30 pm.
Sunday, January 28 at 7:00 pm*
*Audience Choice Award presented after the 7:00 screening on Sunday, January 28

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


Featured Films

Spilt Milk
(Ben Vasquez, Rosie Biehl, Tanner Cipriano)

Film noir for the lactose intolerant.


(Jessica Wilson, Hanna Zook)

A failing relationship and a faithful companion.


Respectfully, Tony
(John Haley, Julia Szromba)

A convicted murderer re-enters society after spending 12 years on death row and 39 years in prison.

Nevada City Film Festival
Deep Cut Film Festival
Doc Your World 2017: In/Divisible
Princeton Student Film Festival
Fine Cut Festival of Films
2018 IlliniFest Student Film Festival

(Ryan Taylor, Erin Lattimer, John McDonough, Ryan Leen)

In the not too distant future, some words aren’t meant to be spoken.


The Aftermath
(Kay Bontempo, Hanna Zook)

Kayla tries to forget and move on.


Smoke Break
(Eileen DiPofi)

It's halftime at the Student Film Festival.


(Audrey Grewe)

You’ve never met anyone quite like Sam Grewe, but he’s no big deal to his sister.

WINNER- Audience Choice Award
2018 River Bend Film Festival


Nona's Red Sauce
(Sophia Costanzo, Amanda Pilarski)

The family recipe lives on from generation to generation.


Breaking the Cycle
(Indi Jackson, Vincent Augusto)

The hurdles are higher off the track for a record breaking student athlete.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2018 Harvard College Film Festival
WINNER 2018 Ivy Film Festival - Best U.S. Undergraduate Documentary
WINNER 2018 USA Film Festival - First Place Non-Fiction short film
WINNER 2018 New York City Short Film Festival - Best Documentary Short


(Zach Lawson)

The secret agent man of Keough Hall.


As of Now
(Moira Hamilton, Elizabeth Hynes, Maddie Landon, John Salazar, Ryan Taylor)

A college senior at St. Agnes University faces the trial of her young life: a Title IX hearing.


(Indi Jackson, Reinaldo Angola-Hernandez)

A dancer deals with the sounds inside her head.


Freaky Fast
(Grace Weissend, Sophia Dellafiora)

The opposite of speed dating, with extra mustard.