Campus MovieFest is coming back to Northeastern for its 12th year
What is Campus MovieFest you might ask? It’s only the largest, coolest, raddest, most insane student film festival in the world.No big deal.
Campus MovieFest (CMF) travels the world to enable students to create an up to 5-minute film. The cool part is, CMF gives participants all the equipment they need to make these short films. This includes a Panasonic Lumix HD camera, Macbook laptop stocked with the full Adobe Creative Cloud, tripod, and state of the art sound equipment… FOR FREE.
It all started when four Resident Assistants at Emory University decided to foster creativity through a program allowing residents to make a movie. Since then, the festival has expanded to reach over one million college students at universities across the world. CMF has traveled around the United States, Mexico, and the UK! They now have close to 18,000 student films on their website.
So how does it work? Here’s the run down:
Launch, Collection, and Finale
There are three main events that take place during the filmmaking week. Launch is where students can go pick up their free gear to begin making their movie. Collection is, well… where the CMF team collects the equipment (sadly, no, you can’t keep it).
Lastly is the Finale, which is a huge red-carpet, mini Oscars event where the top 16 films are premiered. All of the submissions are shown to an anonymous judging panel who, based on scoring guidelines, choose the best 16 videos to show on the big screen!
Prizes on Prizes on Prizes
During the Finale, the hosts will announce four Jury Award Winners. These lucky students get the opportunity to compete nationally and have their films screened at TERMINUS, a huge film and gaming conference held in Atlanta during the summer. At the conference, you can create and watch video games, attend cool workshops, and listen to guest speakers (like Emma Stone! Ah! Fangirling!! Exclamation points!!!). In addition to this, winners receive a 12-month subscription to the full Adobe Creative Suite, which has a monetary value of about $600.
Your film can be about absolutely anything you want – whether it’s a documentary, drama, horror, or even 5-minute video of a girl eating a burrito (yes, that was an actual submission, and no, she never finished it). In the past, a plethora of videos have been submitted to Northeastern. For example, Jury Award winning comedy, Geese! by Timothy Eames, is a film that provides an inside look at the geese population around Back Bay. Another video that made the Top 4 is The Mime, an interesting drama about a washed up mime created by Joanna Odorisio. These fellow huskies got a crew together, wrote a story, brought their idea to life, and had fun while doing it.
Now it’s your turn.