FILM FESTIVALS FOR STUDENT FILMMAKERS
Angelus Student Film Festival
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- $10,000 grand prize. And we have progressively added other categories to honor more talented filmmakers.
Ivy Film Festival
The Ivy Film Festival is the largest, entirely student-run film festival held annually on the campus of Brown University. The festival was started in 2001 by Brown juniors David Peck and Justin Slosky and students from the other seven Ivy league schools. The founders' goal was to create a venue to showcase the efforts of fellow student filmmakers. The event is run entirely by students, and with its continual growth has become one of the largest student film festivals in the US.
The festival often attracts major talent and celebrities that attend the festival to engage in a discussion about all aspects of film. Some topics in the past have included: the relationship between film and social justice, breaking into the film industry, and the merits of attending film school. Notable appearances at the Ivy Film Festival include Tim Robbins, Oliver Stone, Adrien Brody, Wes Craven, Dylan Kidd, James Toback, John Hamburg, Julia Stiles and Michael Showalter. In addition to student film screenings, the Festival is also host to advance screenings of popular and critically-acclaimed films, often with the filmmakers present for discussions. Preview festival screenings have included the films Mean Girls, The Believer, Brick, The Aristocrats and the Academy Award-nominated Super Size Me, Half Nelson, Murderball, Water, No Country for Old Men, and Iraq in Fragments.
The 2007 festival included pre-release screenings of Sundance Film Festival selections, panels and workshops with award-winning filmmakers, and presentations by Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity and Chan-wook Park, director of Oldboy. Other guests included actor John Cho and Academy Award-winning writer/director Sarah Kernochan.
NextFrame Student Film 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 our sponsors. Our 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.
Scene First Student Film Festival
The Scene First Student Film Festival provides aspiring high school and college student filmmakers with opportunities to show their films, network with industry professionals, and receive hands-on training. SCENE FIRST is dedicated to providing young filmmakers with the tools they need to take the next step in their careers. The festival features workshops, seminars, and hands-on experiences with some of the biggest names in the film industry. The speakers won’t just talk to you from a stage…they will interact with festival participants at workshops and social events.
The trade show is the hub of the conference where delegates come together to exchange ideas, network, and just hang out. The SCENE FIRST Festival Marketplace is the perfect place to promote your organization, exhibit new products and services, highlight new technologies, and gain access future filmmakers.
Student Shorts Film Festival
Student Shorts provides a venue exclusively to post-secondary students from across Canada and around the world to show off what they can do! Our mission is to support emerging talent and help bridge the transition between school and professional life.
Student Shorts has become the largest and longest running festival exclusive to post-secondary students in Canada, and the pre-eminent student film festival in North America. They screen films from around the world, and provide an opportunity for filmmakers to connect with their peers and industry members at this key time in their professional development, on an international level.
Telluride Film Festival (student symposium)
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 we seek 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 fifty 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.
Filmmaking and Artist Resources
New England Film Festivals • Boston area • New England region
Funding Sources • Foundations • Grants
Making a Film in Rhode
Making a Film in the City
New England Media ~ print • web