Department of Film, Television and Theatre presents 24th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Author: Notre Dame News

24th annual University of Notre Dame Student Film Festival

The 24th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, presented by the University’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, will take place Jan. 24 to 26 (Thursday to Saturday) in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

This year’s festival will feature the Audience Choice Award, a new honor in which audience members vote for their favorite film via text message during the first five screenings. The award will be presented to the student director(s) of the winning film before the final screening.

The festival screens films made in the past year by Notre Dame undergraduates as class projects. All entries were shot on location, mostly in the South Bend area, and feature local student and faculty actors. A number of films from the past two decades have gone on to compete in national film festivals.

Films are screened at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. throughout the festival. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $6 for faculty and staff, $5 for seniors age 65 and older, and $4 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 574-631-2800 or at the performing arts center ticket office.

Featured films include:

  • “Journey of a Pen,” Kathleen Bracke, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Kelsie Kiley — The realities of high school as seen through the travels of a ballpoint pen.
  • “Amie’s Image,” Nicole Timmerman, Erin Moffitt, Elizabeth Kellogg — The outlet of art provides inspiration for a woman struggling to make ends meet in Chicago.
  • “Three’s a Crowd,” Eileen Chong — Feelings are hard to explain, and even harder to forget.
  • “Shadowpainting,” Katie Mattie, Fiora O’Meara — Painting with someone looking over your shoulder is not a good idea.
  • “The Lost Pastime,” Grace Carini, Marty Flavin, Andrew Cheng — A group of baseball purists resurrects a version of America’s pastime not seen since the 1800s.
  • “Sleeper,” Vincent Moore, Greg Doonan — Something is in the house while he’s sleeping … and the prescribed solution isn’t solving the problem.
  • “The Sculptor,” Suzann Petrongolo, Duncan Smith, Zachary Smith — For two years, Andrew Wilson Smith spends his time chipping away at the facades of a monastery on the plains.
  • “Sinking,” Ashley Puffer — A love story of oral hygiene.
  • “Undecided,” Eileen Chong, Shelley Kim — An Asian woman faces a cosmetic decision that she hopes will change her future.
  • “Scarves and Crosses,” Bri Neblung, Collin Erker, Siobhan Martinez — A unique and refreshing look into the lives of three Muslim students practicing their faith on a Catholic campus.
  • “Mimesis,” Sara McGuirk, Dan Garcia de Paredes — There is no invention in the poet, until he … or she … is possessed.
  • “Clergy,” Zuri Eshun, Blake Avery — Haunting and powerful, an inner battle tears at the heart of a young priest.
  • “Out of the Ashes,” Johnny Whichard, Ana Christian, Pat Nguyen — The residents of Mannford, Okla., try to cope with life four months after a wildfire destroys their town.
  • “Talk it Out,” Camille Muth, Will Neal — Things just aren’t working out for us … right?

Additional student films will be available for online viewing only at