ND Student Film Festival Archive

Since 1990, Notre Dame Student Film Festival has screened films made by Notre Dame 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. Since 2013, audience members have been invited to vote for their favorite film via text message, and the Audience Choice Award is presented to the winning filmmaker(s) following the final screening.

Over the years the Notre Dame Student Film Festival 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:

Waiting For Buffalo– 2023 Trinity Film Festival (Best Documentary)
Lily– 2023 Chicago/Midwest Emmys (Non-Fiction Short Form Student Production Award)
Crescendo – 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival, 2023 Trinity Film Festival (Best Director)
The Ismailzais 2022 LA Documentary Short Film Festival (Best Sound/Music, Mar’22)
Saving Sister Cindy – 2022 New York City Short Film Festival, 2022 Student Los Angeles Film Awards (semi-finalist)
Foss– 2022 Angeles Doc Film Festival (Best Student Documentary, Feb ’22)
Tape Wizard 2020 Bolton International Film Festival, 2020 Portland Film Festival
Sandbranch – 2020 International Social Change Film Festival
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) (View Breaking the Cycle)
Respectfully, Tony – 2017 Nevada City Film Festival
Debajo de los ├írboles (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 (View Eat. Ride. Sleep.)
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 (View The Elect)
Picking Up America – 2011 Ivy Film Festival (Winner, Social Change Award)