Past Film/Video | Contemporary Screen

Mad Royal Film Festival 2023​

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The annual Mad Royal Film Festival is back, featuring a free screening of shorts made by student filmmakers at Ohio State.

Each year since 2018, the Ohio State student organization Mad Royal Film Society selects and shares short films with the campus community to connect with one another and converse about the artists and their work. Awards for a variety of categories based on this year’s entries will be selected by filmmakers, artists, and professors both at Ohio State and from the community, including Wex Artist Residency Award recipient Sa’dia Rehman, whose exhibition the river runs slow is currently on view. Winners will receive a special prize from members of the Mad Royal E-Board. (program approx. 96 mins., digital video)

Judge panel: Rasel Ahmed, Erin Alys, Roger Beebe, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Michael Kaplan, Jean-Yves Münch, Taylor Olsen, and Sa’dia Rehman.

Mad Royal Film Festival 2023, courtesy of the Mad Royal Film Society.

Program lineup

Prisella’s Baby (Lindy Tran, 2022, 1:23 mins.)
Gravity (Jamie Bridle, Son Hess, Reverie Nedde, and Kevin Wang, 2022, 0:52 mins.)
Sound off (Brandon Ebert, Benji Galela, and Alex Jang, 2022, 4:44 mins.)
The 2022 Streetsboro Bicentennial Celebration (Chad and Jake Ressler, 2022, 8:04 mins.)
Dreams (Kush Dalal, 2023, 1:47 mins.)
Shroom City (Son Hess, 2022, 1:20 mins.)
FOIFE: Petty Criminal (Grady Isaly, 2022, 6:09 mins.)
Purpose (Lauren Dortch and Sharif Ahmad, 2023, 1:13 mins.)
Imitation Moonlight (Emily Miller and Bryan Houlihan-Johnson, 2023, 4:13 mins.)
nameless film (Clay Kessler, 2023, 1:41 mins.)
The Weight (Mitchell Dorsett, 2022, 9:43 mins.)
Bub’s Ball (Gracie Denbow, Shya Crable, Ella Terrell, Micah Troyan, and Gabriella Stauffer, 2022, 1:46 mins.)
Left 4 Bread (Korrigan Craddock, Benji Galela, and Andrew Blake, 2022, 8:42 mins.)
Black Boy Fly, Ep.1: The K0BE Documentary (Trey Small, 2022, 3:13 mins.)
UNNOTICEABLE (Dominic Spradlin, 2023, 1:33 mins.)
external (Riley Johansen, 2022, 3:39 mins.)
Suspended: the animation (Gracie Denbow, 2022, 3:48 mins.)
Last Delivery of the Night (Jack Knellinger and Mason Sochor, 2022, 2:38 mins.)
Palsy (Benji Galela, 2022, 6:30 mins.)
Fork and Batter Get Worser (Lindsay Wolverton, 2022, 2:24 mins.)
The Glittering Lights (Mary Wheeler, 2022, 2:56 mins.)
arro (Sophia Reeder, 2023, 1:25 mins.)
The De-Toastifier (Brendan Shin, Christian Barrett, and Louisa Kaplan, 2023, 9:59 mins.)
MUDD 1 Music Video (Rachel Becker, 2023, 4:35 mins.)

Organized by the Ohio State student organization Mad Royal Film Society.

Rohauer Collection Foundation

Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Larry and Donna James
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate


Past Film/Video

Mad Royal Film Festival 2023​