2020 Notre Dame Student Film Festival



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31st Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival


January 24-26, 2020
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

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. The Audience Choice Award is presented after the 7pm screening on Sunday evening Jan. 26. (This year's Audience Choice Award winner was Don't Be Afraid To F*** Up by Gretchen Hopkirk).

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:

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 31st Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Friday, January 24th at 7:00pm
Saturday, January 25th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Sunday, January 26th at 3:00pm and 7:00 pm*
*Audience Choice Award presented after the 7:00 screening on Sunday, January 26th

Go to performingarts.nd.edu or Call 574-631-2800

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

South Bend Tribune, 1/23/20: Notre Dame students reveal vulnerabilities with highly personal Student Film Festival

Featured Films

Sam and Peter Throw a Killer Party
(Zach Lawson, Kenny Xu, Dan Docimo)
The best costume at a Halloween Party might not be a costume at all. (14:02)

Sea Dogs  
(Ted Nagy, Ryan O’Callaghan)
A search for backyard treasure leads to newfound brotherhood. (8:38)

Tape Wizard
(Kilian Vidourek)
Randall Taylor, aka AMULETS, is the Evel Knievel of tape looping, a process of recycling old cassette tapes into beautiful, imaginative music. (9:46)
2020 Bellingham Music Film Festival
2020 Bolton International Film Festival (UK)
2020 Portland Film Festival

(Beatty Smith, Brian Raab, Meghan Kelly)
A cold search for clues between woods, bars, and final exams. (13:54)

Don’t Be Afraid to F*** Up
(Gretchen Hopkirk)
Finding your place in college is a funny thing for a close knit group of Notre Dame students who just make it up as they go. (11:50)
WINNER: 2020 Audience Choice Award

Lost and Found
(Morgan Swan, Jessica Sieff)
A Notre Dame toy story. (7:35)

(Kelli Smith, Bella Martinez)
Just outside of Dallas, there’s a small community with no access to clean water, and no shortage of love. (12:00)
2020 International Social Change Film Festival

(Brian Haimes, Joey Warner, Emily Ragan)
Software malfunction. Memory lost. (10:10)

Notre Drinking
(Nicole Mannion)
A University of Notre Dame student documents her drinking habits and wonders if there’s a problem here. (12:17)

(Hugh Flynn, Mary Crawford, Fernanda Urteaga Zambrano)
A ballerina looks inward to be seen. (9:20)

Regular Poor Asian
(Kenny Xu)
Growing up Asian American in the Midwest means following the expectations of a majority white culture…or does it? (9:24)

Smash (and Grab ‘N Go)
(Parker Jochum and Ted Nagy)
Bonnie and Clyde need financial aid. (4:30)