An annual launching pad for student filmmakers as they begin their careers in the film, television, and entertainment industries, the Notre Dame Student Film Festival screens films that were made by undergraduate students during the past year as class projects in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. As in recent years, after each screening audience members will be invited to vote for their favorite film via text message. The Audience Choice Award will be presented to the student director(s) of the winning film after the final screening.
The festival has featured the first films of future award-winning filmmakers 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. It has served as the springboard for successful careers in every aspect of the industry, where ND Student Film Festival alumni have worked on everything from Saturday Night Live to La La Land.
Many films from past festivals have also been selected for national and international film festivals, including:
Shelter Me - 2019 Arizona International Film Festival (Best Short Documentary), 2019 Atlanta ShortsFest Film Festival (Best Documentary Short)
Emma. - 2019 NYC Short Documentary Film Festival (Best Director Award), 2019 Harvard College 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)
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)
Eat. Ride. Sleep. - 2015 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Midwest Emmy Award 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)
Among the films featured in the 2020 Notre Dame Student Film Festival:
Kelli Smith, Bella Martinez
Just outside of Dallas, there’s a small community with no access to clean water, and no shortage of love.
Ted Nagy, Ryan O’Callaghan
A search for backyard treasure leads to newfound brotherhood.
A University of Notre Dame student documents her drinking habits and wonders if there’s a problem here.
Randall Taylor, aka AMULETS, is the Evel Knievel of tape looping, a process of recycling old cassette tapes into beautiful, imaginative music.
Beatty Smith, Brian Raab, Meghan Kelly
A cold search for clues between scattered woods, empty bars, and final exams.
Don’t Be Afraid to F*** Up
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.
Brian Haimes, Joey Warner, Emily Ragan
Software malfunction. Memory lost.
Regular Poor Asian
Growing up Asian American in the Midwest means following the expectations of a majority white culture…or does it?
Hugh Flynn, Mary Crawford, Fernanda Urteaga Zambrano
A ballerina looks inward to be seen.
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.
Lost and Found
Morgan Swan, Jessica Sieff
A Notre Dame toy story.
Smash (and Grab ‘N Go)
Parker Jochum, Ted Nagy
Bonnie and Clyde need financial aid.
South Bend Tribune, 1/23/20: Notre Dame students reveal vulnerabilities with highly personal Student Film Festival
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 by phone at 574-631-2800 or in person at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office (M-F, 12:00 – 6:00 pm). Buy tickets
Friday, January 24 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 25 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm*
*Audience Choice Award will be presented after the 7:00 pm screening on Sunday, January 26.
Running Time: Approximately 120 min. Some films contain mature content.