Congratulations on your film winning at the campus level. We are excited to have you and your film join us at CMF Hollywood, an event packed with opportunities for you to develop your filmmaking skills, network with filmmakers around the world, and get connected to industry professionals that are excited about what you are doing. Even though our partners have covered most of the event costs, this opportunity is still certainly an investment (something that can be tough on a college student income), but we have some tips to help you out.
While your school is in no way obligated to help you financially attend CMF Hollywood, many will take pride in your achievement, and will take the opportunity to support you while benefiting from positive PR and national recognition.
The best way to start is by contacting the sponsoring organization(s) that brought CMF to your campus. The sponsoring organization could possibly provide financial support or direct you to the organizations and administrators who could also possibly help. Your school's Student Government is also a great place to start and ask if have grants that you can apply to for conferences. Let them know that you are planning to attend CMF Hollywood and you are looking forward to representing your school at this valuable educational conference and film festival. We'd be happy to help you identify these organizations, if you don't already know, and suggest that your outreach mention these important benefits to the school:
Other places to reach out to would include student activities, student leadership, alumni relations, marketing, and PR. These are the types of groups that want to celebrate your successes with you and may be able to point you in the right direction for funding.
We also recommend reaching out to your fellow winning filmmakers from your campus and beyond through the CMF Facebook page for advice and support. Find people to share hotel rooms, rides to and from the airport and more! Grassroots fundraising online sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are also a good idea to let your friends and family help support your trip to Los Angeles.
We're here to help. If you are interested in pursuing funding through your campus and have questions or need guidance don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com