Morgan Johnson | January 30, 2018
Notre Dame student filmmakers were in the spotlight this weekend with the Film, Television and Theater (FTT) department’s 29th annual showcase of the Student Film Festival. The showings took place Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).
The festival was a representation of work from the fall semester from students enrolled in documentary, film fiction and production classes. The FTT department then selected certain movies to be featured in the festival.
Student filmmaker senior Grace Weissend recognizes the importance of the festival as an outlet for students to express creativity in the form of media. However, the students experienced multiple restraints during the process of shooting and editing the films.
“There are certain limitations that come from making a student film and it’s impressive to see what students can do with these limitations in terms of budget, equipment, actors and time,” Weissend said. “It takes so much time to even make a short film.”
The film festival also provided students with the opportunity to share their voices about controversial topics on campus and internationally.
“It’s great to hear student perspectives on issues and hear student voices and stories,” Weissend said. “I think that’s something really empowering about the Student Film Festival.”