Last night capped off the 12th annual CMF Hollywood student film summit on June 19-22, 2013 at Universal studios. Nearly 1,000 student filmmakers, family and friends from 60 participating college campuses attended the weekend of events including educational workshops, advanced screenings, networking and professional opportunities, screenings of over 150 in-competition short films, and the glamorous red carpet CMF Hollywood Awards at the Universal City Globe Theatre!
Calling all student animators, special effects artists, graphic design artists, and musical composers! Campus MovieFest, in association with Adobe and FOX Animation Domination High-Def Studios, is proud to share our newest contest, Animake This!
We are searching for the top student-created animations, special effects, character illustrations, and musical compositions in the world. One winner from each category will win an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California for a week-long animation experience shadowing the FOX Animation Domination High-Def team. One winner will also receive the grand prize of $5,000 USD in cash!
Animake This is open to any currently enrolled student in any college, university, or art school. Submissions must be five minutes or less (when applicable), and there is no cost to submit.
The team at RED Digital Cinema has been making the rounds at select Campus MovieFest schools to show off their latest gear to the next generation of filmmakers like you! Stay tuned right here for updates on future CMF schools that RED plans to visit, and check out what else RED has going on at http://www.red.com/.
Our bags are packed, our tickets are booked and the festival gear is en route, which can only mean one thing: Only two more days until Campus MovieFest Hollywood! We’ve got a ton going on this week, from advanced screenings of Despicable Me 2 and Rush, to workshops with RED Studios and the incredible awards ceremony at the Zanuck Theater, plus SO MUCH MORE. Check out the festival schedule here and take a look at the 2012 awesomeness:
The Satellite Tour is on its way home after finishing the year strong with more than 400 spectators at the La Salle University Red Carpet Finale on Thursday. Satellite is currently on the road in Virginia and with any luck will be home in Atlanta by nightfall. Rumor has it they’re staying alert with the judicious consumption of Trolli Worms and episodes of THIS AMERICAN LIFE. Safe travels guys and we’ll see ya in Hollywood!!
Tribeca Film Festival Review: EATING LUNCH
This week some members of the Campus MovieFest crew had the opportunity to attend some screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and see some incredible work by up-and-coming artists. Here’s a review for the film EATING LUNCH by CMF Video Manager Caitlin Wert:
Watching short films can be a very intimate experience, particularly because so much vital information is offered in such a limited duration. There is no time to be coy; there is only time to draw the viewer into the story. TriBeCa’s Skin Deep series of shorts is full of pensive pieces that prompt true emotion. The stand out for me is Eating Lunch, a Swedish film by director Sanna Lenken that focuses on a group gathering for lunch in an eating disorder clinic. The story follows Klara, a returning patient played by a very convincing Elina Sandberg, as she attempts to finish her meal in 30 minutes. Much to Klara’s dismay, not only does she have to deal with her own self-judgments while eating, but she also has to process the added stress of a very neurotic new patient who has no problem being vocal about her worries.
Lenken does a fantastic job of putting the audience directly into the situation and transferring Klara’s concerns over to us; you simply cannot help but feel uncomfortable when watching this film. As the narrative progresses, you empathize more and more with Klara to the point where you can personally feel her anxiety as if you were experiencing it yourself. Anyone who has ever dealt with an eating disorder or who knows someone else who suffers will appreciate the reality that Eating Lunch presents. The act of eating lunch is such a “normal” thing for many of us, but this film challenges that mindset by putting a spotlight on how difficult eating can actually be for people who have eating disorders. The subject is a tough one to handle, but Lenken does it with skill and grace.
I consider a film successful when it evokes authentic emotion. Without a doubt, Eating Lunch accomplishes this feat. In the span of 13 minutes, Lenken makes us feel tentative, uneasy, and hopeful in a very real way. This is a film that will resonate with you long after you have left the theater.
DID YOU KNOW: Hofstra boasts numerous famous alumni, including Christopher Walken, James Caan, CMF Luminary Philip Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), and FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA? This could be you, Hofstra students:
UMBC has its own list of famous alumni, but the list really begins and ends with actress Kathleen Turner, probably best known as the voice of the one and only JESSICA RABBIT.
Your move, Hofstra.
As the weather warms up and semesters are slowly approaching finals, it’s time to start thinking about Campus MovieFest Hollywood! The dates are June 20-22 back at the lovely and glamorous Sheraton Universal and the entire CMF team can’t wait to see everyone there! Badges and hotel rooms are available now at discounted rates, so act fast! Some previous presenters include cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Stana Katic (Castle). Check out some of the highlights from 2012.
But first, what’s a road trip without a couple of roadside attractions? Here’s CMF Promo Manager Nishant getting his money’s worth on a great pecan sale.
From ATL to NYC
After wrapping up in Atlanta with the fantastic Emory and GSU Finales last week, Campus MovieFest now travels north, to the wintry and exciting New York City. CMF will be at four New York-area schools in this semester, starting with Hunter College in Manhattan and St. John’s University in Queens and wrapping up in April with Fairleigh Dickinson in Jersey and Fordham in the Bronx.
For a look back at CMF in New York in 2012, check out VIOLET by Eliza McNitt at NYU, the Best Drama winner at CMF Hollywood.