Student Film Festival

2015 Princeton Student Film & Video Festival

We are accepting film submissions for 2015 Princeton Student Film & Video Festival. Please go to the entry form and guidelines. There is no fee to enter.

The festival will be held on Wednesday July 22 & Thursday July 23, 2015 at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ.


2014 Princeton Student Film & Video Festival Official Selections




“Shark Attack” by Kristen Richardson

Genre: Animation

Running time: 2 minutes, 21 seconds

A penguin and friends go on a field trip to the beach. When the penguin decides to go for a swim he is met with an unsuspecting visitor.


“Iron Boy” by Amanda Morrison

Genre: Personal Narrative

Running time:  11 minutes, 10 seconds

Colin, a young boy, relies on an Iron Man action figure, from which he is inseparable, for daily confidence. As he faces a new school and a bully who ridicules his dependence on Iron Man, Lily helps him find the courage to discover strength within him.


“Life's a Dive” by John Taschner

Genre: Personal Narrative

Running time:  9 minutes

A poignant story about the top secret World War II radio missions of the filmmaker's grandfather using historic and archival footage, old home movies, and high definition underwater photography shot in Hawaii and the Pacific, with student reflections on the ideological threads that bind the filmmaker and his grandfather together across time and oceans. 


“My Grandpa, the First Man in Space” by Ezra Rahmey

Genre: Animation

Running time: 3 minutes, 46 seconds

A story based slightly on true events. It is about the filmmaker’s grandfather, and the great lengths he would take to complete what he started.


“Girly” by Kira Bursky

Genre: Animation/Personal Narrative

Running time: 8 minutes, 58 seconds

A girl struggles to make the most of the last few moments with her lover, while trying to figure out whether or not his love for her is forever.


 “Words” by Jeanpaul Isaacs, director; Isaiah McNeill, cinematographer and Saajan Doshi, executive producer

Genre: Personal Narrative.

 Running time: 5 minutes, 14 seconds

A story about the power of words, through the journey of a grandfather's struggle to reconnect with his son and family.


“Interferencias” by Lucía Conde

Genre: Dramatic Feature.

Running time: 3 minutes, 14 seconds

“Interferencias” (Interferences) is a short film that deals with the topic of communication – and the lack of it – through an ironic and surreal situation between two friends.



“Wile” by Austin Rourke

Genre: Dramatic Feature

Running Time: 5 minutes, 6 seconds

A young woman finds herself trapped by the makings of a devious plan.


“Across Dystopia” by Jeanpaul Isaacs, director; Isaiah McNeill, cinematographer and Saajan Doshi, executive producer

Genre: Abstract/Sci-Fi

Running time: 9 minutes, 35 seconds

A story about two six-year old friends of different races, and what that means in the world they live in.



“Stockholm” by Alvaro Martin

Genre: Comedy

Running time: 8 minutes, 50 seconds

Tomas lives in a small trailer on the outskirts of the city. One day at school he is commissioned to write a short essay about his father…





“Broke and Famous” by John General

Genre: Dramatic Feature/Personal Narrative

Running time: 5 minutes, 55 seconds

A young man no longer finds the satisfaction in air drumming. In search of a real drum set with no money, he goes to the streets with a cardboard box drum set, and something magical happens.


“Stranded” by Christopher Giuseppini

Genre: Action

Running time: 6 minutes, 2 seconds

Three teenagers venture into the woods on a hunt. The tables turn when they become the prey.


“A Boy and a Box” by Brendan Gosse, director; Abby Skorupski and Danielle Cooper, producers

Genre: Dramatic Feature

Running time: 12 minutes, 8 seconds

A little boy finds comfort in a box after receiving a disappointing gift.


“Falling” by Miles Warren

Genre: Dramatic Feature

Running time: 6 minutes, 11 seconds

A terminally ill teenager jumps from a bridge to avoid dying in a hospital bed. As he falls, he assumes he will see his past, but instead he witnesses his future.


“Fuga Animada” by Augusto Roque

Genre: Animation/Comedy/Experimental

Running time: 3 minutes, 40 seconds

An animated character is tortured by his creator to the point of rebellion. The human manages to bring the character back but only to find out that he no longer can eliminate his creation.


“Around the Block” by Shane Salanitri

Genre: Action/Personal Narrative

Running time: 3 minutes, 36 seconds

Tyler, a 22 year old kid, is struggling to deal with the recent murder of his mother while trying to raise his six year old sister. Now Tyler must try and overcome his guilt from that dreadful night and his financial struggles. So why not accomplish both at once?


“It'll Last Longer” by Rosalie Rodriguez and Oliva Mazzetti

Genre: Documentary

Running time: 13 minutes, 40 seconds

A photo means more than a thousand words. The texture, the story and the life behind it lasts longer than you can ever imagine. Four people share their stories of what their photos and memories mean to them.


“Galilee” by John Riggio

Genre: Dramatic Feature

Running time: 7 minutes, 5 seconds

A cowboy discovers a secret in a convenience store.


“Things Will Smolder Down Beneath” by Hallie S. Bahn

Genre: Animation

Running time: 3 minutes, 23 seconds

A three-channel stop-motion animation follows the delusions and self-denials of three individuals, living during different points in history.



“Where's Da Party At” by Zach Alexander

Genre: Comedy

Running time: 6 minutes, 44 seconds

Late at night in the school’s art department, a girl sees the boy she likes across the hall in the editing lab. After finding a room with an old projector and film, she playfully uses the discovery as an excuse to get him away from the computer. 


Congratulations to the 2014 PSF&VF filmmakers! Our festival continues to grow, and we received nearly 200 original films from high-school and college age students from around the world. We thank all of the filmmakers who submitted their work for consideration. There were so many outstanding films submitted this year and while we could not include them all, we are very grateful for the time spent in the creative process of making the films and then the additional effort in submitting them to us for consideration.

Some additional films entered will be selected for a fall screening date and thos filmmakers will be notifified in August.

About | Archives | Resources | 2014 Program Guide - Coming Soon


Submarines by Emma Bezilla
H by Rayhan Sendhey and Takis Zavaliangos-Petropulos
The Puppet by Madeleine Derveloy
Flaws by Gabrielle Giacomo
Drugs by Darcy Thompson
Thinner Blood by Jon Reino
Shame and Glasses by Alessandro Riconda
Refusal by Dominik Urban
NOX by Nick DeCandi, Robert O'Har and Matthew Rushcer
Green Acres by James Beck
Tryouts by Lauren Ciaravalli
MOOON by James Kwan
The Green Sea by Kristina Moucha


More: The Hunter Pixilation Project by Kevin Chiu
Drug Pollution by Ben Segal and Christopher Sordan
Tengri by Alisi Telengut
The Youth by Jean Isaacs
Refugee, Refugee by Azza Cohen
Cockroach by Vukica Lungulov-Klotz
My City Walkabout by Mateuse Pingol and Emmie Seaton
Lunch with Larry by Jean Isaacs
True Beat by Chris Lynch
Ben & Elaine by Travis Maiuro
Reverie by Valentin Gagarin, Robert Wincierz and Shujun Wong
The Coming Wave by Will Henry
Parklife by Adam Volerich

About the Festival

The festival is in its 11th year and will be held on Wednesday July 16 & Thursday July 17, 2014 at the Princeton Public Library.  Please go to the entry form to submit a film for consideration for the July 2015 Festival, which will be held on July 15 & 16, 2015.

The Princeton Student Film & Video Festival  is sponsored by the Princeton Public Library. The mission of the festival is to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience. The festival is open to high school and college students and home-schooled, unschooled or not in school youth ages 14-25 from Princeton and all points beyond, both near and far. There is no cost to enter.

For more information about the festival please contact: Susan Conlon, 609.924.9529 ext. 247.

Past Years Programs


Film Resources

Outlets for Filmmakers:

Educational Video Center (EVC)

Ghetto Film School



NJ Festivals & Resources:

New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission

Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center: Home of the New Jersey Film Festival and the U.S. Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival.


Reviews & Other Film Info Sources:

Academic Film Archive of North America

American Film Institute

Current TV -- Production Guide

Documentary Blog

Film Society of Lincoln Center


Great Directors Database

Internet Movie Database

Media Rights

Movie Magazine Cool Sites Movie Mistakes


Rotten Tomatoes


News & Media Resources:

Creative Commons: Share, remix, reuse -- legally.

The Freesound Project: The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.

Free Music Project: FREE!MUSIC aims to popularize the idea of free distribution of music for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Mondo Times: Links to more than 14,000 media outlets in 211 countries.

National Association of Broadcasters Media Sites

NewsHour Extra: Find stories written for students, media resources, and interactive reports based on content from the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the nightly news broadcast on PBS.

New York Times Learning Network

Newslink: Links to over 3,400 U.S. newspapers.

Paper Tiger: Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) is an open, non-profit, volunteer video collective. PTTV programs analyze and critique issues involving media, culture and politics.