Campus Moviefest, the largest student film festival, is back in Morgantown for the third time. Students will have one week to create a five-minute video. Applicants will be provided with a camera, sound equipment, a laptop with Adobe Creative Cloud and training.
"I was a participant at my school, so I get to see it from both sides of the curtain," said Alex Mcgill, promotion manager. "Being in it at first can be kind of intimidating. It’s a movie. I am a biology major, I’m psych, I’m sports medicine, you think, ‘how could I do a movie?’ but then you do it for fun and it is exciting. You are goofing off with your friends, and, next thing you know, you make it to the top sixteen or top four. That is a super awesome experience to feel that."
The program will turn any student into a professional director, actor and editor for a week. Anything that you can imagine and create in five minutes or less will be accepted. The winner of last year’s WD Fan Choice Award and $10,000 was a WVU student, Lauren Schiefelbein.
"It’s an adrenaline rush," said senior theatre student and a top-four winner, Max Gould. "You get super busy and ask yourself ‘how do you do this?’ and then you do it." Max Gould was able to attend the CMF Grand Finale in Hollywood and travel to France for the Cannes Film Festival.
The festival was created at Emory University when four students gave their peers everything they would need to create a movie in a week. Since the start in 2001, the program has given more than one million students around the world the opportunity to learn and share their stories. The festival has touched all over the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico, as well as sent students to the Cannes Film Festival in France.
WVU students, staff and faculty will judge movies. The top four will be Jury Award winners and receive a year-long subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (retail value of $600) as well as advance to the CMF Grand Finale. Top movies will be played as the only form of free entertainment on Virgin American Airlines, which gives movies the opportunity to be viewed thousands of times. At the movie premier there will be door prizes such as a batman Snuggie, tablet, Chromecast and many others. All students who enter two or more videos automatically win a prize.
"From my side now, it’s super awesome to see those kids who didn’t think they could do it make it into the top and get to advance," said Alex Mcgill. "You see their lives change in a positive way. Something that they didn’t think they could do, they now believe that they can."
The competition officially starts today. Equipment can be picked up in the Vandalia lounge of the Mountainlair from 12-5 p.m. All videos are due on Sept. 15 from 2-6 p.m., in the Greenbrier room, and top videos will be shown on Sept. 18 at a Red Carpet event in the Large Blue Ballroom at 8 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.campusmoviefest.com.