Stacey Stewart | January 12, 2020
The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the 31st Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, January 24 through 26.
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 Student Film Festival is really a window into the minds of current Notre Dame students,” says festival founder and FTT faculty member Ted Mandell. “If you look at the films as a whole, you will see the portrait of an undergraduate student, trying to make sense of this world, figuring out where they fit in, how they fit, and doing so quite artistically through humor, suspense, and frankness."
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.
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