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Student filmmakers fare well at Columbia University festival

Author: Arts and Letters


Four films produced by students in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) received honors at the Columbia University National Undergraduate Film Festival (CUNUFF), held this month in New York City.

  • “Case History,” by seniors Mike Molenda and John Klein, was selected as one of seven finalists for the festival and won the award for best directing, as well as the Frontiers Award for most original film.
  • “I’ll Fly Away,” by seniors Dan Bulger and Mikala Engel, received a third-tier content award.
  • “Possession,” by senior Erin Westcott and junior Emily Gorski, received honorable mention for directing and editing.
  • “Una Historia de Amor Tipica,” by junior Corey Baggett and his brother, Anthony, received honorable mention for experimental narrative and soundtrack.

A national festival and film contest for college undergraduates and high school students, the CUNUFF was established in 2005 by two Columbia students to “give students a means to appreciate filmmaking created by their peers nationwide, hoping to inspire them with the art of creating independent film.” Films of all genres are accepted and a select number are chosen for screening at the festival, with judging in 10 categories by filmmaking industry professionals. * *

Contact: _Christine Sopczynski, FTT outreach specialist, 574- 631-0457,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on April 19, 2006.