Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, returns to GGC for another round of five minute films showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of students. The event kicked off on Sept. 14 with an information session and all the equipment necessary was handed out to participants on Sept. 15.
The free equipment includes laptops with Adobe Creative Cloud, Lumix HD Cameras and sound gear from Senheiser. The top four movies will be considered Jury Award winners and will earn a 12 month subscription to Creative Cloud and advance to the CMF Grand Finale.
The end of the year event last year was in Hollywood, but the location for this year has not finalized yet. Select student award winners will also have the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
J.R. Hardeman, Senior Tour Manager for CMF, has been on hand to demonstrate the equipment and go over the rules for submissions.
“It’s really exciting to be here and [GGC] just started a film minor so that was really cool so there were film classes we could go talk to,” said Hardeman.
Joshua Wright, a graduating senior, said that he made 10 movies last year and will be making eight movies this year.
“I won top 3 in comedy last year,” said Wright. “I know I’m doing a spoof of the Domino’s commercials, and for drama I’m doing a domestic violence PSA and a political corruption PSA.”
The information session on Monday was attended by many students who had never made a movie before as well as others who had worked on multiple film projects. Students crowded into the small room in the student center, with many sitting on the floors and standing just inside the doorway.
A few students were still looking to join a film crew and had the opportunity to connect with each other and exchange ideas.
Salim Garcia and Sham Scott are working on a conceptual film with places and music to invoke different feelings.
The main event is the GGC Red Carpet Finale, which will be on Thursday evening, Sept. 24 in the Student Center LVIS at 7:30 p.m. At this event, the best student films will be shown and the award winners will be announced.
“We’re back on campus this year at GGC thanks to Greenlight Activities Board,” said Hardeman, who also went over sponsored awards such as the Elfenworks Social Justice category, which offers opportunity for $15,000 in cash grants.
By Laura Walsh