House Life

House Life

2020 College House Filmfest

College Houses presents the 2020 Penn Student Film Festival

The Penn Student Film Festival goes virtual this year given the current impossibility of gathering to celebrate Penn's filmmakers in the time of COVID-19.  Despite the present circumstances, however, we still wish to hold our festival, which offers an opportunity to share and enjoy the creative output of cinematic voices of our very Penn student filmmakers. Sponsored by Penn College Houses & Academic Services, the festival welcomes short film submissions from any student at Penn and invites the whole Penn community to watch and appreciate cinema!

Congratulations to our First Prize winner:

The Beginning (Dennis Sungmin Kim, 2019)

A drawing of two characters, neither particularly human, holding hands under a large full moon in a dark sky
[click to view in a new window]

2nd Prize was a tie:

Barberhood (Jennifer Chen, 2019) 

Shelter (Kate Lindenburg, 2019)


3rd Prize:

Plain Sight (Anab Aidid, 2020)


Other Finalists (click titles to view film in a new window):

Chicken (Sofia Janak, 2020)
Lucy (Josh Klapper, 2020)
Saying Goodbye (Lauren Payton, 2020)
Slava (Luke Hrushanyk, 2019)

To view the complete list of films submitted for consideration, click here.


Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners!

Virtual Penn Student Film Festival 2020 Submission Guidelines:

• Festival film entry is open to Penn students only.
• Films can be no longer than 10 minutes.
• All genres of films will be accepted to the competition. There will not be separate categories for awards.
• All entries must be submitted via Vimeo or YouTube link.
• Each individual or team can submit no more than 1 entry.
• All entries must have been made in the 2019-20 year.
• We will not disqualify films that contain copyrighted material. However, please be aware that you will not be able to submit your film to other festivals or additional outlets if it contains copyrighted materials.
• We will not accept films that have already been submitted to past editions of the Penn Student Film Festival.

All films submitted were watched by the members of the PSFF committee, divided into two juries based in Gregory College House and Harrison College House. (In ordinary years these are the Houses in which the films would have been screened over a series of two evenings.) These juries each chose a set of four finalists.  The finalist films were sent to a jury composed of Cinema & Media Studies faculty, who watched the films on their own and chose the winners.

Penn Student Short Film Prizes

presented by College Houses & Academic Services

First prize: $500
Second prize: $200 & $200
Third prize: $100