Thanks to everyone who helped make the 15th Annual CMF Hollywood and the Campus MovieFest world tour so wonderful. We finished this competition season with a bang, honoring amazing achievement by student filmmakers from across the globe. We wish to congratulate all of the winners and nominees, and look forward to the 16th season of Campus MovieFest, kicking off at a college near you this fall!


Winning Films

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of CMF Hollywood 2015. Enjoy the winning films below.

Best Picture:

Best Comedy:

Best Drama:






Production Design:


Special Effects:


Winning Films

The following 45 films were named the Best Picture winner for their respective campuses.


Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions of the Elfenworks Social Justice Category.



Ben White

Ben graduated from Emory University in 2008 and moved to Los Angeles, despite being waitlisted by the graduate film program he'd hoped to attend. He went to work as a Set Production Assistant instead, and spent the next three and a half years amassing his 600 days toward becoming an Assistant Director on projects as varied as DEXTER, AVATAR, THE HUNGER GAMES, and MAGIC MIKE.

Ben joined the Director’s Guild of America in 2012 and has since worked as a 2nd Assistant Director on a wide range of film and television productions, including 42, RESURRECTION, NEED FOR SPEED, THE ACCOUNTANT, DUMB AND DUMBER TO, THE WALKING DEAD, and THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE.

Missy Laney

Missy Laney is the #ArtistServices Manager at Sundance Institute, overseeing the program’s creative funding initiative and managing creative distribution efforts. Missy has guided over 150 artists through successful Kickstarter campaigns, totaling ​over ​nine million dollars since joining the Sundance Institute in 2012, including Sean and Andrea Fine’s Oscar Award Winner INNOCENTE. As digital distribution manager for #ArtistServices, Laney strategizes with filmmakers leading up to their digital premieres and specializes in organizing their marketing efforts to maximize success, including titles such as UPSTREAM COLOR and BURN. During her tenure, she has presented salons, panels, and workshops, working with collaborators such as Sundance Film Festival, Knight Foundation, San Francisco Film Society, IFP, and SXSW.

John Tarnoff

A career development consultant, university educator and media/entertainment executive, John Tarnoff serves as Head of Industry Relations and Adjunct Professor for the Carnegie Mellon University Master of Entertainment Industry Management program based in Los Angeles.

Beginning his career as a literary agent, John went on to develop, supervise and produce movies for Warner Bros, Columbia, MGM, New Line and others. Some of the better-known titles he worked on include DINER, PINK FLOYD THE WALL, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, and BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. Shifting into technology, he founded a startup during the 1990s that created customer service solutions using animation and artificial intelligence. In 2003, he shifted back into entertainment as Head of Show Development for DreamWorks Animation, where he led the artistic leadership training and university outreach programs.

Since 2009, he has been committed fulltime to education and training. In addition to his work with CMU, he has consulted for a number of entertainment and non-entertainment clients on education, technology and media marketing, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Boeing Company.

John holds a MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and a BA magna-cum-laude from Amherst College.

Paul O'Neill

Paul O’Neill works in Business Development at Premiere Digital. He oversees Premiere's online indie filmmaker distribution portal Quiver, which enables filmmakers to self distribute onto digital platforms while maintaining control of their rights. In his 3 plus years, Paul has helped many global partners to successfully launch over 1500 films and hundreds of TV seasons into digital marketplaces. Paul prior to working at Premiere held a variety of roles at Paramount Pictures, assisted on projects for 2929 Entertainment and is a graduate of Emerson College.

Ruth Vitale

Ruth Vitale is the Executive Director of CreativeFuture, a broad-based creative community coalition that includes film and television companies, independent production and financing companies, unions, guilds, talent agencies, and other members and supporters of the creative community. CreativeFuture promotes the value of creativity in today’s digital age and embraces expanded audience access to content in ways that reward creativity.

Vitale has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for more than three decades, including as Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and as President of Fine Line Features. During her tenure at these companies, she launched the careers of many successful filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass, Sofia Coppola, Scott Hicks, John Hillcoat, and Craig Brewer. Her films have won three Oscars and received 16 nominations as well as 18 Golden Globe nominations and two wins. Ruth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Tom Curley

Tom is the Business Development Manager for LUMIX Professional Services at Panasonic North America, and is responsible for promoting the Lumix camera system in all segments of the photography and film communities. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, he has over 25 years of experience in the imaging industry and enjoys all aspects of creating digital content with digital cameras.

Bronwyn Lewis

Bronwyn Lewis is an artist, performer, producer, educator, and the Community Manager for Mobile Video Editing at Adobe. Bronwyn earned her BFA from the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington in 2010, where her focus was experimental video and mechatronic installation. She has a background in film, performance, event production, making art with kids and applying glitter to faces. In her spare time, she designs multi-media performances and develops interactive educational programs. She has taught workshops at the Henry Art Gallery, Reel Grrls, Geek Girl Con, and Rock Camp for Girls LA. Bronwyn Lewis currently holds a white belt in karate.

Sebastian Distefano

Sebastian Distefano has over 20 years of industry expertise of Print, Web and Video Production. He helps educators understand how the latest Adobe technological advancements can impact the learning experience and real-life work skills for students. Sebastian currently works with the top film and broadcast schools in North America as well as shows aspiring filmmakers how to best use Adobe’s video applications.

Richard Arlook

Richard Arlook is a former Gersh Agent, current manager and film producer, and President of The Arlook Group. The Arlook Group is a talent and literary management, production, and consulting company based in Beverly Hills. His production work includes WAITING FOR FOREVER, GOATS, AFTER MIDNIGHT, and LUCKY DUCKS.

Richard Botto

Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32, the world's largest social media site and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives. Botto is a screenwriter (represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative), producer, actor and author.

A pioneer of the early stages of the Internet boom, Botto developed Stage 32 so creatives across the globe would have a dedicated network to find work and representation, launch projects, secure funding, further their education and make life and career altering connections. In just over 3 years, Stage 32 has organically reached over 400,000 members from every country on the planet and has been described by Forbes Magazine as "Lynda meets LinkedIn meets Facebook for film, television and theater creatives." Botto has spoken all over the world at industry conferences including American Film Market, SXSW, TriBeCa Film Festival, Entertainment Finance Forum by Winston Baker, Columba University, Cinequest, Screenwriters World West and East, Great American Pitchfest, STN Convention and many more.

Amanda Toney

Amanda is the Managing Director of Stage 32, the world's largest social network and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives. By the time she turned 30 she built The Taka Group from the ground up, her first million dollar business, which worked on international marketing programs with some of the world's most recognized brands including Oakley, Guess, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ray Ban, Giorgio Armani, Nine West and more. After her exit from The Taka Group, she became a partner in Stage 32 and as its Managing Director, oversees operations and business development for the global business. Amanda is a passionate entrepreneur, avid world traveler and lives by the motto "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

Kate West

Kate West is currently Strategic Partnerships Manager at Fandor, the leading online platform for independent and world cinema. Before joining Fandor, Kate was Managing Director of Artists Public Domain and Cinema Conservancy, a NY-based film production and distribution company. Kate has produced a number of short films and worked on feature productions including TOWHEADS and iORIGINS. At Cinema Conservancy, Kate executed the theatrical distribution of THE COLOR WHEEL, NORTHERN LIGHTS, LITTLE FUGITIVE, STATIONS OF THE ELEVATED, NOTHING BUT A MAN, JAMAL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER and JOHN HUBLEY CENTENNIAL.

Morgan Ressa

Morgan Ressa is Senior Director of Publicity for Brigade Marketing in ​Los Angeles, where she specializes ​in both theatrical releases and festival break-outs for feature films​.

​Most recently, Morgan shepherded campaigns for Patrick Brice's sex comedy romp THE OVERNIGHT, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky sign language drama THE TRIBE, and Ana Lily Amirpour's vampire slasher A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. She works consistently with the Duplass Brothers and film streaming service, Fandor​. Prior to Brigade Marketing, Morgan was at PMK*BNC in both their New York and Los Angeles offices and at Lionsgate​. Morgan is a graduate of James Madison University. ​

Travis Sims

Travis Sims is RED Digital Cinema’s global Education & Technical Manager. Travis holds a BFA in Film Production from California State University, Long Beach and was one of the founding members of RED's Technical Service Team, known as the Bomb Squad. As RED’s presence expands in the film, television, and photographic industries, Travis educates users about the impact of digital cinema and its versatile workflow. Highlighting RED's ongoing commitment to educational institutions, educators, and the next generation of filmmakers—Travis speaks at global educational institutions and events to help train faculty and students on industry innovations and how to integrate RED into their production environment.

Matias Friz

Matias graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies. He started his career as a Partner Manager at Youtube after, where for the past year, he's supported creators in the entertainment vertically grow and developed their YouTube presence. Friz works strategically to cultivate successful partners across the YouTube platform.

Ellie Hinken

Since graduating from the University of Virginia, Ellie has focused on the education of others. She was a 7th and 8th grade teacher for Teach For America before she shifted to the Community Partnerships Program at Google. Ellie now works on education partnerships for Youtube, where for the past nine months, she's been supporting family and educational channels. She's passionate about educating the next generation of content creators on YouTube!

Constance Zimmer
UnREAL, Entourage, House of Cards, The Newsroom

Taissa Farmiga
American Horror Story, The Bling Ring

Rob Morrow
Texas Rising, Numb3rs, Northern Exposure Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

Mary Elizabeth Ellis
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Perfect Couples, The Grinder

Jake Abel
Love & Mercy, I Am Number Four, Percy Jackson

Jonathan Tucker
Justified, Parenthood, Kingdom

Epic Rap Battles of History
Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist

Lauren Lapkus
Orange is the New Black, House of Lies, Jurassic World

Tony Hale
Arrested Development, Stranger Than Fiction, Veep.

Troy Garity
Soldier’s Girl, Sunshine, the Barbershop films, HBO's Ballers

Victoria Justice
Victorious, Eye Candy, iCarly

Dana Brunetti
President of Trigger Street Productions. Captain Phillips, The Social Network, House of Cards. 50 Shades of Grey.

Joe Lo Truglio
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Wet Hot American Summer, Superbad, Pitch Perfect, Role Models

Elijah Kelley
Lee Daniel's The Buttler, Strange Magic, Hairspray


Take a look at what the 4 days of CMF Hollywood has in store for you! We'll be announcing workshops, screenings and even more special events as they are confirmed. Keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change - but typically to make it more awesome.

  • Wednesday July 8, 2015
  • 6pm - 9pm
    Registration and Badge Pick Up
    Sheraton Universal Lobby
  • Thursday July 9, 2015
  • 9am - 5pm
    Registration and Badge Pick Up
    Sheraton Universal Lobby
  • 10am - 4pm
    Workshops & Panels
    Sheraton Universal
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Opening Reception
    Sheraton Universal Starview Room
  • 8:30pm
    AMC Universal CityWalk
  • Friday July 10, 2015
  • 9am - 5pm
    Registration and Badge Pick Up
    Sheraton Universal Lobby
  • 9am - 12pm
    Pitch with ShortsHD
    Sheraton Universal
  • 10am - 5pm
    Workshops & Panels
    Sheraton Universal
  • 1pm
    Sheraton Universal
  • 8pm - 10:30pm
    DFN Mixer
    Sheraton Universal Starview Room
  • Saturday July 11, 2015
  • 9am - 5pm
    Registration and Badge Pick Up
    Sheraton Universal Lobby
  • 9am - 5pm
    CMF Festival Screenings
    Universal CityWalk
  • 8:30pm
    Mile High Club (Hollywood)
  • Sunday July 12, 2015
  • 4pm
    Awards Reception & Red Carpet
    Universal Globe Theatre
  • 5pm
    CMF Hollywood Awards Ceremony
    Universal Globe Theatre

*Schedule is subject to change

Festival Screenings - AMC CityWalk


The CMF Hollywood educational workshops will take place on Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. These workshops and panels offer opportunities for filmmakers to hear from and interact with professionals in the Film, TV, and Music industries on a variety of topics. Workshops hosted at the Universal Sheraton Hotel are open to those with All-Access Badges though space is limited and first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. MORE WORKSHOPS COMING SOON...

Thursday, July 9th

Join former Gersh agent, and current manager and film producer Richard Arlook as he presents one of our most popular workshops giving you a no-nonsense look at what it takes to land your first job and make it in Hollywood. A must for soon-to-be-graduates and future filmmakers!
Join this presentation and Q&A with the team from Funny or Die who will share the creative process behind their original content. Head writer Lauren Palmigiano along with Betsy Koch, Executive Producer; Kellyn Parker, Executive Producer of Branded Content; Dashiell Driscoll, Senior Social Content Producer; and Ben Sheehan - Supervising Producer, Talent & Artist Relations will share their stories, show clips from their work, and answer questions from the audience.
The advent of social media has made it easier than ever for filmmakers to get the word out about their projects. This workshop will focus on how you can best rise above the noise and be seen and heard. In this session, we will go over the importance of social media and crowdsourcing (often confused with crowdfunding) in a filmmaker’s life. We will start by going over the various platforms available for filmmakers (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Stage 32), developing your online identity as a filmmaker, and proper etiquette. We will then discuss the ins and outs of crowdsourcing and how you can launch a crowdsourcing campaign as a method of identifying, engaging and moving an audience to help develop, create, market and promote your project. Presented by Richard Botto, Amanda Toney and Stage 32.
Creative inspiration comes at any moment, in any place, at any time. Luckily we live in the future and our good friends at Adobe have provided us with insane tools that amplify your ability to make art wherever you are. Sebastian Distefano returns to CMF Hollywood, bringing with him fellow Adobe pro Bronwyn Lewis to show you how to start your creative process on your mobile phone and take it to the desktop with ease. Adobe just released a ton of new features so they'll show off how to color grade your film, the latest in Adobe After Effects, and the brand new Adobe Character Animator. One warning... Please keep the drooling to a minimum when you see Character Animator in action! Whether you're a dedicated post-production enthusiast or one-person filmmaking machine, this workshop is for you!
This live, hands-on, demonstration with special effects makeup artist Nick Reisinger (Grimm, Teen Wolf) will cover indy tips and tricks to some of the most common effects including making blood, wounds, burns, and more! Not recommended for those with sensitive stomachs.

Friday, July 10th

This informative one-hour session will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the form, function, and basic background of RED Digital Cinema’s camera line. The course covers the key components of RED's RAW workflow and exposure concepts as well as how they conform seamlessly with the skill-sets students are acquiring and applying throughout their filmmaking education. Presented by Travis Sims.
Michael Goi is an established and acclaimed DP with over 70 narrative credits including AMERICAN HORROR STORY, GLEE, THE NEW NORMAL and many more. An unrepentant movie buff, he has been known to spend all night in his home theater watching selections from the nearly 18,000 films in his collection. Michael will showcase clips, discuss technique and training and answer questions from the audience. Michael comes to us courtesy of the American Society of Cinematographers.
Submitting to film festivals for the first time can be confusing and scary— but it doesn’t have to be! Join industry experts as they discuss the fundamentals of working the festival circuit and offer valuable advice about all phases of independent production and distribution. Big questions like “What is the best festival for my film?” and “How does the acquisition process work?” will be answered. Panelists will offer wisdom and information on everything from getting your film screened to finding the best way to use technology to support the distribution of your films. They’ll share all of the tools needed to successfully navigate the world of independent film production. Don’t miss this exciting and informative workshop, brought to you by CMF Hollywood’s Official Jury Partner, CreativeFuture. Panelists include Ruth Vitale (CreativeFuture/Paramount Classics/New Line), Missy Laney (Sundance), Paul O’Neill (Premiere Digital/Quiver), and moderator John Tarnoff (Carnegie Mellon University, Dreamworks Animation).
Join this interactive workshop to take a look at the latest in camera tools and techniques for creating the highest quality content for your CMF films and beyond. Learn why lightweight camera systems can be an advantage and how they can help make you a better filmmaker. You'll learn how to improve your skills and use advanced features of the latest and greatest cameras that CMF provides on campus, the difference between lightweight mirrorless cameras & DSLR's, accessories for audio and external recorders, anamorphic format & LOG Gamma color space, and drone and gimbal platforms. Additionally, if you want to learn what any of those words mean, this is the workshop for you. Presented by Panasonic's Tom Curley.
Marketing can make a film-- or it can break it. Get the inside scoop on marketing and publicity in the digital age, and how it can impact independent filmmakers and their films. From concept to completion, this group of industry insiders will lead you through the way to successfully market and publicize an independent film. Panelists include, Morgan Ressa, and Kate West.
Dozens of careers have been launched on the YouTube platform - why not yours? Learn how to build your YouTube presence in an engaging workshop featuring two leading YouTube strategists. Starting with the fundamentals and spanning across all aspects of creating and sustaining a YouTube presence, this exciting and informative workshop will cover everything you need to know about how to use this powerful platform to jump start your career. Join YouTube’s Matias Friz and Ellie Hinken as they share their knowledge of content creation and education growth, and guide you down the path to internet stardom.
The Assistant Director is often the unsung hero of film & television production, but they play a role that is essential to every project. The AD handles the practicalities of film production, and makes sure the final product comes together on time, on budget, and without anyone getting hurt. Join Ben White — DGA member and AD on a wide range of projects including The Hunger Games, 42, and The Walking Dead—as he discusses the rewards and challenges that come with a career as an AD. He’ll answer questions about how the AD department works, how to get your career started, and what a day in the life on an Assistant Director is like. Don’t miss this exciting and informative workshop about a lesser-known yet highly rewarding career in the film industry!
You know that Hollywood’s not the only option for filmmakers, but how do you find your own path? Get some tips from top members of our own Distinguished Filmmakers Network who have made their own success, as well info on how DFN and CMF can help you along the way! Learn about MFA programs, making connections, funding your own projects, and much more. Panelists include Jeremy White (VICE), Sarah Wilson Thacker (An American in Paris on Broadway), Zack Morrison (Columbia University School of the Arts), and Brad Wong and Ethan Moore (Live Nation).

Awards Ceremony

We're thrilled to host our red carpet Awards Ceremony at the Universal Globe Theatre on Sunday, July 12th. This is a black-tie optional event where special guest presenters will award top honors to filmmakers as we announce the award winning movies for the 2014-2015 competition year.

You must have an all-access or select-access badge to attend.


We're excited to introduce you to CMF Hollywood Jury Panel, presented by CreativeFuture. This panel of leading industry professionals will help judge this year's finalists and decide who takes home the top honors.


Peter Baxter

In 1995 Baxter co-founded Slamdance as an independent alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Since its inception, Baxter has been responsible for developing and managing all areas of Slamdance, which has become synonymous with the discovery of new and emerging talent. Filmmakers who first gained notice at the festival include Christopher Nolan, Oren Peli, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Anthony and Joe Russo, Andrew Huang, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. When the Festival began it received 48 submissions. Slamdance today receives over 7,500 submissions per annum. Baxter created Slamdance's mantra By filmmakers, for filmmakers. No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. In addition to the festival, Baxter began the Slamdance screenplay competition, a screening tour called On The Road and recently the Slamdance Studios distribution venture.

Baxter's film work includes Wild In The Streets, a documentary feature about an ancient football game and I Want To Be an American, an experimental documentary feature film based on the surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse. His new feature film is about the Iroquois national lacrosse team

Baxter is a graduate of St Catherine's College, Oxford University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Nancy Collet

Nancy Collet’s experience in the film industry spans over twenty years. With her extensive knowledge of working with studios and film festivals, she founded Cinema Collet in 2007. Her company offers strategic consulting services to large conferences, film festivals, educators, distributors and independent filmmakers around the world. Her clients include The Wrap News, Inc., Ketchum, Inc., NUVOtv, New York University, The Canadian Film Centre, The Toronto International Film Festival, The Busan International Film Festival, The Abu Dhabi Film Festival, The Baja Film Festival, The Guanajuato International Film Festival, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, The Whistler Film Festival, The La Costa Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA, Telefilm Canada and many others. Her services include event management, production and marketing, film programming, film mentoring labs, acquisitions, VIP/Industry Procurement, marketing, festival strategy and PR.

Collet has covered the major film festivals and markets around the world since 1997, and also served as a juror and panelist for numerous international film festivals and events, including the Guadalajara International Film Festival, The HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, The Palm Springs Shorts Film Festival, The Bahamas Film Festival, The Cleveland International Film Festival, the American Film Market, The Panama Film Festival, the Sonoma International Film Festival and The Ashland Independent Film Festival.

From 1997 to 2007, Collet worked for the American Film Institute’s AFI FEST. She was promoted to Director of Programming in 2000 and produced seven editions in this capacity.

Nancy is a 1989 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and has a dual degree in Marketing and Psychology.

Cassian Elwes

Elwes began his producing career with 1983's Oxford Blues starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including Men At Work, with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and The Chase with Sheen.

In 1994, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as Slingblade and The Apostle, both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. Monster's Ball was their follow up, which won the Best Actress Oscar for Halle Berry, the first African American woman to do so.

Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema and an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.

Since leaving William Morris Independent 5 years ago, Elwes has either producer or executive produced 40 films including John Hillcoat’s Lawless, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, and David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature.

Last year, Elwes produced the hit period drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar winning hit Dallas Buyers Club directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.

More recently, Elwes executive produced the upcoming Kevin Costner release Black and White, directed by Mike Binder, and has produced both Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert and Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, which is played in the ‘Midnight Section’ of Sundance 2015.

J. Todd Harris

J. Todd Harris is the founder and CEO of Branded Pictures Entertainment, which acquires and develops branded intellectual properties for repurposing in film, TV and stage. He's currently producing the musical Doctor Zhivago on Broadway and has a musical movie, Lucky Stiff, opening this summer. Last year, he produced Heathers The Musical Off Broadway. Among his 39 produced movies are the Academy Award-nominated The Kids Are All Right, several Sundance entries, including Bottle Shock, as well as studio movies such as Piranha 3D and Dudley Do-Right. He has several branded titles in the early stages of development. Originally from New York, Mr. Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford. He has been a member of producers branch of the Motion Picture Academy for 15 years and is an adjunct professor at Chapman University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy Powers and two teenage sons.

Chris Horton

Chris Horton joined Sundance Institute in 2011 to launch #ArtistServices, an initiative that further extends the organization’s mission of connecting artists with audiences. Through a series of innovative deals and partnerships, #ArtistServices provides Institute alumni with tools that enhance creative funding and distribution opportunities. Deals include an exclusive partnership with Kickstarter, and arrangements that allow filmmakers access to best-in-class terms and digital distribution on outlets such as iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Google Play. Notable projects include “Particle Fever”, “BURN”, “Upstream Color” and “Detropia”. Over 300 titles have been directly supported by the initiative.

Horton was previously the head of acquisitions for FilmBuff, a pioneering New York digital distribution company. Under Horton’s leadership, FilmBuff acquired sales rights to hundreds of feature-length movies including Exit Through The Gift Shop. Horton spent nearly nine years working with John Sloss in the FilmBuff/Cinetic/Sloss Eckhouse LawCo family of companies. Horton began his career with Miramax Films, following his graduation from the University of Colorado with degrees in film studies and psychology. He lives in Los Angeles.

Dave Goetsch

Dave Goetsch has been a Co-Executive Producer of the emmy-nominated sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He also wrote for five years on 3RD Rock From The Sun, where he started as a staff writer and rose to Executive Producer. He has written and produced numerous pilots for CBS, ABC, FOX and SHOWTIME.

Jeffrey Sharp

Jeffrey Sharp, an award-winning producer and publishing entrepreneur, is President/CEO of Story Mining & Supply Co., a Los Angeles-based production company committed to acquiring, developing, financing and producing multi-platform premium content through unique access to quality material. SMS combines deep financial resources, strong creative relationships and an executive team that has produced award winning and commercially successful films.

Sharp has produced a series of Academy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated films over the past ten years like Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count on Me, Nicholas Nickleby and Proof. With those movies as well as other renowned adaptations, including A Home at the End of the World, The Night Listener, and Evening, Sharp has worked to integrate the publishing and film industries.

Prior to Story Mining, Sharp co-founded the digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media with former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman. Story Mining and Open Road have a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce feature films and television shows based upon Open Road titles including: Lie Down in Darkness, based on the novel by William Styron, written and to be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and Cocoa Beach, a television series adapted by Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men) based on the life of NBC news reporter Jay Barbree’s recollections of the early days of the U.S. space program in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Sharp holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University. In 2005, the Columbia University School of the Arts honored him with the Andrew Sarris award for his contribution to independent film.

Sharp currently serves as Chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board, member of the Executive Board of Literacy Partners, Special Advisor for the Book Meets Film Forum at the Taipei International Book Expo as well as a member of the Advisory Board of BookExpo of America. He is a member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

Ruth Vitale

Ruth Vitale is the Executive Director of CreativeFuture, a broad-based creative community coalition that includes film and television companies, independent production and financing companies, unions, guilds, talent agencies, and other members and supporters of the creative community. CreativeFuture promotes the value of creativity in today’s digital age and embraces expanded audience access to content in ways that reward creativity.

Vitale has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for more than three decades, including as Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and as President of Fine Line Features. During her tenure at these companies, she launched the careers of many successful filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass, Sofia Coppola, Scott Hicks, John Hillcoat, and Craig Brewer. Her films have won three Oscars and received 16 nominations as well as 18 Golden Globe nominations and two wins. Ruth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

James V. Hart (J.V.)

James V. Hart (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.

His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Other writing/producing credits include: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Tucker Everlasting, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, Sahara, Lara Croft: Tombraider – The Cradle of Life, August Rush, and Epic.

Hart is Executive Producer and co-writer on the animated feature, Epic, with children’s book illustrator and home town friend, SMU graduate, William Joyce, and director-animator Chris Wedge, who created Ice Age and Robots with Joyce released in 2013.

TV projects include The Republic of Pirates, Aka Crossbones, for NBC with Texas born writing partner, Amanda Welles, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. series projects, Sirens of Titan, Player Piano, and 2BR02B, with his son, Jake Hart. Steelskin is his new project in development at Fox for Actor/Director, Andy Serkis, and August Rush producer, Richard Lewis.

Go with Gravity is Hart’s primary mantra for the writing life.

Never Grow Up! Never Give Up!

Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock is a Julliard trained actor who already has an extensive resume in film, television and theatre. Wittrock attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, followed by Julliard, and is currently a member of The Mechanicals Theatre Group in L.A., where he has also directed.

Currently, Wittrock is filming The Big Short, a film based on the Michael Lewis Moneyball book, produced by Paramount Pictures and Plan B Productions, directed by Adam McKay. Finn will be starring opposite Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Steven Carrell.

Finn just completed Season 4 of FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series American Horror Story, entitled Freak Show, in which he starred as the villainous Dandy Mott.

Wittrock was seen this past Christmas in Universal Pictures’ true-life WWII drama, Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the true-life story of Louis Zamperini. Finn portrays the character Francis “Mac” McNamara, who is stranded at sea on a life raft for 47 days. Finn starred alongside Jack O’Connell (Zamperini), Jai Courtney and Domhnall Gleeson Wittrock recently wrapped production on the independent drama, My All American, written and directed by Angelo Pizzo Hoosiers and Rudy. My All American chronicles the story of college football star Freddie Steinmark (Wittrock) who is diagnosed with cancer after winning the national title in 1969. Wittrock stars alongside Aaron Eckhart who portrays Darrell Royal, his coach at the University of Texas.

Wittrock starred in HBO’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy nominated film The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name written by Larry Kramer. The Normal Heart, which stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons, tells the story of a gay activist attempting to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the onset of the crisis in New York City in the 1980’s. The film aired on May 25, 2014. It has received a total of 16 Emmy nominations including “Outstanding Television Movie.” Wittrock’s additional film credits include; The Submarine Kid, which he wrote with lifelong friend Eric Bilitch, Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, Winter’s Tale, written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, and Twelve, directed by Joel Schumacher. After graduating from Juilliard, Wittrock began his career onstage playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C., and Marchbanks in Shaw's Candida at the Berkshire Theatre Festival near his hometown of Lennox, Massachusetts.

Finn made his Broadway debut as Happy Loman opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols’ 2012 revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, which won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival and Best Director of that year, respectively. Finn won a Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for this performance. Wittrock followed that success with appearances at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre opposite Diane Lane in Tennessee Williams' critically acclaimed Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by David Cromer, and The Guardsman, directed by Gregory Mosher at The Kennedy Center.  Off- Broadway, Wittrock starred in Tony Kushner's The Illusion at the Signature Theatre and Age of Iron at the Classic Stage Co. Other regional theater credits include The Blue Deep at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Laramie Project with The Mechanicals Theatre Group; and productions of The Matchmaker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at A Noise Within Theatre Company. Early in his career, Finn originated the role of Damon in ABC’s All My Children. Other television credits include guest-star appearances on Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, Harry’s Law, CSI: Miami: Cold Case and ER. Wittrock also holds the recurring role of Dale in Showtime’s acclaimed drama, Masters of Sex.

Wittrock currently resides in Los Angeles.

Johnathon Schaech

Johnathon Schaech has been acting/writing in Hollywood for over 25 years now. He's been in over 70 productions. You'd most likely recognize him as the lead singer in TOM HANK'S THAT THING YOU DO! Most recently he's been seen in Showtime's Hit series Ray Donovan opposite Jon Voight and Liev Shreiber and History Channel's record breaking TEXAS RISING as Colonel Sherman opposite Bill Paxton's Sam Houston.


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CMF Hollywood is a weekend of events meant to celebrate the next generation of filmmakers with everything from educational workshops hosted by industry professionals to networking receptions and parties. CMF Hollywood is also the pinnacle event to the Campus MovieFest world tour where the top movies from over 60 competing campuses will be awarded top honors at a glamorous red carpet awards ceremony.

Everyone is welcome to attend! While most events are geared towards CMF participants and winners, the weekend as a whole is open to anyone who wants to participate in our docket of events. The more the merrier we say!

While we'll have some very exciting updates to share with you soon, one of the largest changes is our new offering of "Select-Access Badges" and "Festival Screening Tickets" to attendees. These will be great for the friends and family in your life who only want to see your movie screen and cheer you on at the CMF Awards Ceremony. With these badges and tickets you will not be able to attend workshops, receptions, parties, or receive lunch and attendee gift bags though.

Events start early on Thursday July 9th so for those of you traveling from outside of the LA area we highly recommend you arrive on the evening of Wednesday July 8th.

As soon as possible! We sold out of badges AND the discounted rooms at the Universal Sheraton last year in record time. Not to mention badge prices increase on May 25th!

If your movie was named a Jury Award winner at your school then your movie will be screening at CMF Hollywood.

In late May we'll be posting the screening schedule here as well as announcing additions to the screenings line up including CMF Fan Choice winners, Elfenworks Social Justice Category Finalists, Golden Tripod Award Nominees, and CMF Staff Picks.

Workshops are a great opportunity to learn from the pros. We'll have both hands on experiential workshops and discussion panels.

As the events approach, we'll post the details here on our website and announce them through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The presenters are leading industry professionals who are passionate about the next generation of filmmakers, and we'll be announcing them as the events get closer.

Previous presenters have included Academy Award Winners such as Wally Pfister, Jon Landau, Michael Giacchino, and Mark Boal, as well as Elizabeth Banks, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Stana Katic, and many more! We'll begin to announce this year's exceptional presenters in May.

All badges are non-refundable.

We recommend you bring business cards to trade with peers and professionals. Business cards with a link to your website or reel is always preferred over copies of your movies or resumes which can be cumbersome to carry.

You can also bring a tablet or phone, or good old notebook and pen, to take notes during the workshops. The Universal Sheraton Hotel will have free wifi for CMF Hollywood guests in their guest rooms.

Most CMF Hollywood events don't have dress codes though we highly recommend that you consider the people you'll be interacting with such as your peers, and in some cases industry professionals. You don't have to wear suits and dresses if you don't want to, but being clean and presentable is recommended.

The CMF Hollywood Awards Ceremony is what we like to call black-tie optional. We want you to be comfortable and enjoy the celebration and for some that includes tuxedos and ball gowns while others prefer jeans and t-shirts. By and large, most people wear cocktail attire to the awards ceremony.

Absolutely! It's one of the main benefits of attending CMF Hollywood. Be sure to bring lots of business cards that include your name, contact information, and a link to your website / resume / reel if you have them.

You are not required to stay at the Universal Sheraton Hotel but it is highly recommended if you are traveling from out of town. By staying at the Universal Sheraton you'll be in the middle of all of the action!


We welcome members of the press to attend CMF Hollywood. If you're interested in attending select events or would like to do a story on Campus MovieFest or any of our filmmakers, please contact

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We wish to thank our wonderful partners who help make CMF possible. In addition to the amazing colleges and universities in the US and UK who have hosted CMF events we'd like to thank...

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