Department of Visual & Media Arts

Film Festivals for Student Filmmakers

Angelus Student Film Festival
October 2011

The Angelus Student Film Festival cultivates and honors future filmmakers as they explore and create works that respect the dignity of the human person. Angelus Award–winning films reflect values such as REDEMPTION, SPIRITUALITY, DIGNITY, TOLERANCE, EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, HOPE, and TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

Family Theater Productions created the Angelus Awards in 1996 to showcase and award emerging filmmakers and encourage them to continue creating visionary projects that honor the fundamental dignity of the human person. The Angelus Awards is pleased to offer one of the highest cash awards to winning student filmmakers: a $10,000 grand prize. And it has progressively added other categories to honor more talented filmmakers.

Ivy Film Festival
April 9-15, 2012

The Ivy Film Festival is the largest completely student-run festival in the world. It accepts submissions from university-level filmmakers and screenwriters all over the globe. The film festival provides undergraduate and graduate filmmakers from around the world with a quality venue for their work, encouraging and rewarding their creative efforts. 

The festival assists exceptional student filmmakers and screenwriters in attaining the recognition their work deserves. It presents selected films and screenplays to a wide audience. A panel of celebrity judges views the best selections from the festival.

NextFrame Student Film Festival
Annual Traveling Festival

NextFrame: UFVA's Touring Festival of International Student Film & Video was founded with the intention to provide a first-class festival and much-needed exposure for cutting–edge student work.

NextFrame is the official film festival for the University Film and Video Association (UFVA), one of the largest organizations of academic and industry professionals within the United States. NextFrame finalists are chosen in July and then screened at the annual UFVA conference, where a jury of filmmakers, scholars, film/video academics, and industry professionals selects NextFrame's Award Winners, who receive product grants and cash prizes from sponsors. Its sponsor partners, who graciously provide our winning makers with top notch products and prizes, constitute many of the blue chips of the film industry, including Kodak, Avid, Focal Press, Final Draft, American Cinematographer, and many others.

Rhode Island International Film Festival (New England Student Film Fest)

Students in film studies and communications at New England Colleges and Universities have a unique media/film competition that is geared strictly for their work. Cited as one of the “Best International Film Festivals in the United States,” by Chris Gore of Film Threat, the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is the largest film festival in New England, screening a record 306 films in 2006. Now, in its eleventh year, RIIFF celebrates the independent spirit in filmmakers throughout the world and is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic exchange among filmmakers, distributors, movie-lovers, and the film community at large.

Of special note, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected to recognize the RIIFF as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards. With more than 3,000 film festivals worldwide, only 60 have this distinct recognition.

Telluride Film Festival (Student symposium)
August 31 - Sept. 3, 2012

The Student Symposium is designed for college undergraduates and grad students; all majors are welcome. Fifty students from around the country are chosen to participate in a rigorous five days of screenings and cloistered seminars. Participants receive a special festival pass, a $200 travel stipend, and special access to the likes of George Lucas, David Lynch, Ken Burns, Ang Lee, Werner Herzog, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall.

Each year the TFF corrals a small but diverse cross-section of the American college and university student population—undergraduate and graduate students; film and non-film majors from across the country—to spend more waking hours than seems possible viewing, considering, and discussing films. Hosted by our esteemed Symposium faculty, they interact closely with other students, and join in pointed conversations with selected filmmakers, artists, and other Festival guests.

The most important qualities it seeks in an applicant are a passion for film, an ability to interact with other students and Symposium guests, and a willingness to follow a highly rigorous program of screenings and discussions. With only 50 slots available, each student’s full commitment to the program is critical. Student films are a part of every Telluride Film Festival. New student directors are given the opportunity to have their works shown in the company of other great talents and emerging artists.