University of San Francisco 2011

University of San Francisco (USF)

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University of San Francisco Event Details

Launch Support Collection Finale
Date Wed, Sept 19 Thur, Sept 20; Fri Sept 21; Mon, Sept 24 Tues, Sept 25 Thur, Oct 4
Time 12-5p 12-4p 2-6p Doors 7p, Show 7:30

Opportunity: Share your story on the big screen as part of the world's largest student film festival on your campus and in Hollywood. Borrow a MacBook Pro or iPad 2 and a Panasonic HD camcorder, plus get all the training and support you need, to make a movie in a week.


How to Participate: Sign up or Log in and then select "Make a Movie / Get Started Now" at the top of your dashboard


Due: Must be submitted by your school's CMF Collection date.


Length: 5 minutes or less


Price: Free


Requirements:  Team captain and all crew members must be currently enrolled in the University in which you are participating.  Cast (actors) are allowed to be outside of your University.  All Cast & Crew must be credited on your movie workbook (step 4) before submitting your completed movie.  Check below for complete rules and guidelines.

The CMF Golden (Tripod) Rule! If you borrow a laptop from CMF you are required to turn in a movie.



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  • Why Participate in CMF?
    • Maybe you'll participate because of the exceptional exposure we offer your film through the school finales, campusmoviefest.com, CMF at the major studios in Hollywood with industry execs, top movies in-flight on Virgin America and at the Cannes Film Festival and more?

      Or perhaps it's the coveted CMF Silver and Golden Tripod Award® opportunities.

      How about $20,000 in cash prizes for our social justice category?

      Or it could be simply that you love making movies with friends and want to get all the equipment for a week for free.

      Possibly it's the chance to win all kinds of awesome partner gear and door prizes at your school finale?

      Whatever the reason, CMF's gotcha covered. 
  • Become a Campus Rep
    • Interested in playing a huge part of making CMF & other events  awesome on your campus? Find out more here.
  • Guidelines
    • 5 Minute Rule:  Your movie may be five minutes long or less. We are using the common timecode standard, so your movie's length must be equal or less than 05:00:00. This limit includes credits and anything else which might be included in your final exported file.  If your movie is over the 05:00:00 time limit, it will not be judged or screened at CMF Finales, but will appear on campusmoviefest.com.
      Listen, our lovable CMF participants... we're thrilled you're participating in Campus MovieFest! And while most teams complete their movies during their CMF week, some run out of time. So we just really want to make sure you're in the group that finishes. That's why we created a new rule and a new prize. If you borrow a laptop from CMF, you are required to turn in a video. Simple as that, or else. If you take a laptop and find mid-week you won't be able to finish your movie - then just submit a short video or clip to the CMF Millionaire Challenge . As a bonus prize - everyone who submits a video (even if you use your own equipment) will be entered into a drawing to win a complete set of CMF equipment in April.
    • Moviemaking Week: You must shoot and edit your film during your school’s Moviemaking Week.  If there is evidence that you shot or edited your movie outside of your school’s moviemaking week, your movie will not be judged or screened at any CMF events.

      If there is footage pertinent to your film that you cannot shoot in the given Moviemaking Week for your school, please email support@campusmoviefest.com at least 24 hours before your school’s CMF Launch, to explain the scenario and to request permission to use footage created outside the given week.

      A good example of when permission is granted is if a student is shooting a documentary and wants to show pertinent information that has happened in the past and compare it to events happening now.  A good example of when permission is NOT granted is if a student wants to start filming early because that schedule fits better for his/her actors.

      Typically, if permission is granted, you will be allowed to use up to 10% of your movie’s final runtime for footage shot outside your moviemaking week.
    • Editing Software: You are permitted to use any type of software to edit your movie. iMovie, Final Cut Pro 7, and Final Cut Pro X will be provided on all of the CMF laptops.
    • Submission Format: You must turn in your final submission as a high quality QuickTime movie file (file extension .mov), regardless of which editing software you are using to edit your movie. The data rate must exceed 20 mbps in order for CMF to project your movie at any screening or event.  More details regarding how to export your movie to these specifications can be found in the CMF Training Manual.
    • Copyrighted Music: You are not permitted to include any copywritten music or performance in your movie without the signed CMF Music Release from all copyright holders of the music.

      This is generally a very difficult and expensive process so we strongly encourage you to avoid using copyrighted music -- if you still want to do so the CMF Music Release can be found on the CMF loaner laptops as well as at campusmoviefest.com. You are also welcome to create your own music, but remember it must be original -- copyrighted music performed by you is still copyrighted and cannot be used without the release mentioned above.

      We also have a library of 1,300+ songs from independent musicians available in the iTunes Library of the CMF Loaner laptops as well as on DVD’s that may be checked out at CMF Launch on your campus.  All of these tracks are also available for preview on campusmoviefest.com/music.
    • Trademarks:  You are not permitted to include any trademarks (logos, symbols, characters, etc) in your films. Please be very careful - the use of any trademark at all may legally force us to disqualify your movie and/or prevent your movie from being screened. We won’t automatically disqualify movies that include trademarks (for instance if a laptop or phone is in your movie), but if we are contacted by the copyright holder (which is more likely to occur when a trademark is used negatively), your movie will not be screened and will be removed from competition.
    • Other Copyrights: In addition to the copyright music guidelines above, you are not permitted to use any copyrighted material of any kind in your films. Please be very careful - the use of any copyrighted material at all may legally force us to disqualify your movie and/or prevent your movie from being screened. Copyrighted material includes but is not limited to film clips, television clips, audio clips, video game clips, books, magazines, etc. Even featuring just the image of an item that is copyrighted (like the cover) can violate the law so please be extremely cautious to protect yourself. We won’t automatically disqualify movies that include copyrighted material (for instance if Avatar is playing on a television in the background of a shot), but if we are contacted by the copyright holder (which is more likely to occur when a trademark is used negatively), your movie will not be screened and will be removed from competition.
    • Nudity is not permitted.
    • Dangerous Behavior: It is absolutely prohibited for any participant to engage in dangerous, reckless, illegal or otherwise negligent behavior in any aspect of the creation of your movie. Any such behavior will lead to immediate disqualification from the competition.
    • School Affiliation: All members of your movie’s crew must be currently affiliated (student, faculty or staff) with the participating campus in which you are submitting your movie. Your movie will be paired with that school for the duration of the competition and prizing for crew members will be determined using that information.

      All crew members must be able to produce a student ID or other similar verification upon request.
    • Crew Members: Your crew is defined as the group of people who perform technical or creative tasks on your movie (example: writers, directors, producers, editors, cameramen, grips, etc). All members of your crew must be currently affiliated (students, faculty or staff) with your school.

      Cast Members: You are welcome to have cast members from outside your campus appear in your film as talent (actors, extras, voice-over, etc), though they are not permitted to perform technical or creative crew tasks as mentioned above.
      A violation of any items above will cause your movie to be withdrawn from competition and ineligible for prizing or screening at Campus MovieFest events.

      All Cast and Crew members must have a registered User Account at campusmoviefest.com and be paired with your film on the website.
    • Release Forms: It is highly recommended that your movie's Movie and Talent Release forms are submitted to CMF staff at the same time you submit your movie.

      If you are unable to submit your Release Forms at the time you submit your movie, you must submit them by faxing to 214.279.5660 or scanning and emailing them to support@campusmoviefest.com. Please include the subject "Release Forms - Movie Name - Team Name - School Name - Year". The CMF team must receive your release forms within 24 hours of your movie submission.
    • Prizing: Only Cast & Crew members that are currently affiliated (student, faculty or staff) with the campus in which you are submitting your movie are eligible to win prizes. You are more than welcome to have non-affiliated Cast members appear as talent (actors, extras, voice-over talent) in your movie, but they will not be eligible to win prizes. As mentioned above, that rule will apply to all levels of the competition including the International Grand Finale. We will require a current Student ID to claim any prizing.

      Your Cast & Crew must be identified on campusmoviefest.com at least 24 hours before your school’s CMF Finale.
    • Exposure: We have many exposure opportunities for the movies, but the majority of our partners will not broadcast mature content.

      We encourage all CMF participant's movies to follow the criteria below:
      No profanity. No nudity. No graphic violence. No drug use. No hate speech.

      Movies that do not follow the criteria above will not be judged differently and will not be removed from the competition, but they will be severely limited in exposure opportunities with partner outlets such as Virgin America in-flight entertainment, television networks, and Apple affiliated websites.
    • Other Websites & Festivals:  We love helping get the maximum exposure for CMF movies. You'll receive an embeddable link so your movie can be shared around the web after your school’s CMF Finale.

      You may not upload your CMF movie to other video hosting/sharing websites or submit to other festivals on your own, but just contact us at support@campusmoviefest.com for permission and assistance if you would like to submit your movie to another festival.

      Members of the CMF Distinguished Filmmakers Network (DFN) also get additional support submitting their movies to top festivals.
  • Important Forms
  • Special Opportunities
    • ELFENWORKS SOCIAL JUSTICE CATEGORY: The CMF Elfenworks Social Justice Category encourages you to share stories of social injustices in your community for a chance to win $20,000 in cash prizing. To submit to the category and find out more information click here.
    • DFN: The CMF Distinguished Filmmakers Network helps CMF's top filmmakers get additional experience beyond the CMF competition. Members of DFN are linked with high profile and often paying projects throughout a wide variety of video production. DFN is also a community where the highest caliber individuals have the chance to network and learn from each other. For more information and to apply click here.
    • CMF 3D: CMF's top student filmmakers will now get hands-on access to the latest Panasonic 3D camcorders, including the Panasonic HDC-SDT750, during their filmmaking experiences. In June, CMF will highlight the best movies – both made using Panasonic HD and 3D camcorders – from the 2012-2013 World Tour at its International Grand Finale. To learn how to participate in CMF 3D visit here.
  • About the Movies
    • You can make a five-minute movie about anything. Featured categories include Best Picture, Best Drama, and Best Comedy. The judges, including students and staff at each participating school, will be focusing on the storytelling and creativity of your movie -- and not just the technical aspects. And this year, we're also proud to offer a social justice category brought to you by the Elfenworks Foundation. Find out more about the opportunity to make a movie to make a difference, and possibly win a $10,000 grant.
  • Campus MovieFest Hollywood
      CMF Hollywood. This gala weekend features opportunities with industry luminaries, a chance to see top student movies on studio lots, an awards ceremony, and more! Buy your all-access badges and find out more here.
  • Support & Frequently Asked Questions
    • Need some help? Have some questions? We're here to help! Click here for more information.


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