The University of Notre Dame Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, in cooperation with the Office of Pre College Programs, seeks to showcase and encourage creative students nationally, by presenting the FORCE FOR GOOD Film Festival.

An opportunity for high school students to use their cell phones as film cameras in a positive manner.

A creative showcase, and a national competition to win a scholarship to Notre Dame’s two-week summer program, Summer Scholars.

In 1842, Rev. Edward F. Sorin founded the University of Notre Dame du Lac. This University, Sorin predicted, will become “a powerful force for good”.

150 years later in 1992, IBM invented the world's first smartphone, Simon.

In 2020, Sorin's vision and Simon's technology join together for the 3rd annual FORCE FOR GOOD Film Festival. A film festival for high school students and their phones.

The Force For Good Film Festival was created to encourage high school students to use their personal cell phones as creative tools, by making short films with positive messages.

Be a force for good in your school, with your friends, in your community, and the world.

(1) Best of Fest winner will be selected from all entries.

(2) The best film from a current sophomore or junior, will receive the Summer Scholars scholarship. Winner is eligible to receive a full scholarship•• to the two-week University of Notre Dame Summer Scholars Program (Film Production Track) for either 2020 or 2021. (see details below for eligibility requirements)
See for details on Summer Scholars.

(3) Official Selection winners will receive recognition and their film will be screened along with the winners at the 2020 ANDKids World Film Festival at the University of Notre Dame DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Browning Cinema (Summer 2020). See for more details.

••Scholarship only available to current high school sophomores or juniors, and is contingent upon acceptance into Summer Scholars program (Film Production Track). Winning student must provide copy of high school transcript, teacher recommendation letter, and counselor report. Winning student has no obligation to attend Summer Scholars program. Scholarship is only applicable to Summer Scholars program, is non-transferable, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

-Eligibility: High school students grades 9 thru 12.

-Films must be produced and completely made by students. However, they can be produced either inside or outside a classroom environment. We encourage teachers to incorporate the Force For Good Film Festival into a class curriculum, and provide advice and feedback just like any other homework or research assignment.

-All film genres will be accepted. We encourage both fiction and non-fiction based content.
-Phones not Drones. All content must be recorded using a cell phone. Our emphasis is on creativity not technology. Special effects and technical wizardry are secondary to a well thought out and unique idea.

-Length: 5 minutes or less. Films greater than 5 minutes will not be accepted.

-If music is used it must be either original, in the public domain, or from a royalty-free source. All music must be properly credited in the film. Copyrighted music is strictly prohibited.

If video, images or other content are used from another source, evidence of permission for use must be provided and acknowledged in the film credits. (This could include but not be limited to “home movie” footage in another video format, still images from a friend’s phone, cell phone footage captured previously, etc.)

Students may enter more than one submission. More than one student may be credited as a film's director, however only one scholarship can be offered per winning film.

By submitting an entry, you are giving the Force For Good Film Festival permission to show the work at the University of Notre Dame as well as on University of Notre Dame controlled social media pages and websites. The winning films, the winners’ names, the title of their entries, and the names of their schools will be posted on the Force For Good Film Festival website. Filmmakers are responsible for securing clearances or legal permission for the use of any copyrighted musical, cinematic, or literary materials. Please note that upon entering Force For Good Film Festival, you are granting the University of Notre Dame the right to reproduce or utilize any and all portions of your entry for promotional purposes for current or future festivals. Submission of an entry does not guarantee that a work will be shown at the Festival. Force For Good Festival reserves the right to refuse to screen any film at the festival.

Overall Rating
  • A top festival which gives an oppurtunity for young talents......
    Feels happy to be a part in the festival.

    August 2019