CMF was thrilled to be onsite at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where we shared CMF movies; interacted with celebrities, directors, and other filmmakers; and showcased CMF in the House of Hype, courtesy of AT&T. Additionally, members of the team that created The Butterfly King -- the Western Regional Grand Finale Best Picture winner -- enjoyed films and networking with industry professionals, as did the AT&T CMF Grand Prize Sweepstakes winners. CMF has interviewed dozens of industry luminaries -- including Sean Connery, John Cho, and others -- which can be viewed here.
CMF was lucky enough to grab interviews with the filmmakers of two much-talked about Sundance films! Douchebag takes place the week of Sam Nussbaum's (editor Andrew Dickler) wedding. His fiancee Steph (Marguerite Moreau from The Mighty Ducks trilogy, & Parenthood) questions why his only brother Tom (Ben York Jones) will not be at the wedding. Unsatisfied with Sam's lame reply, she surprises Tom and invites him to the wedding herself. He reluctantly accepts, revealing he has only been in love once - with his fifth-grade girlfriend Mary Barger. Upon hearing this news, Sam insists they find Mary and ask her to be Tom's date to the wedding. The trio set off on a road trip and the brothers discover that they never realized the damage their broken bond has caused.
The documentary Catfish centers on a riveting mystery that is completely a product of our times. Nev, a 24-year-old photographer is contacted online by an eight year-old girl asking permission to paint one of his photographs. This begins an online friendship with the young Abby, and leads Nev to fall in love with her older sister Megan, as well as an entire family of people he's never met in real life. When Nev and his friends uncover some startling revelations about Megan, they set off on a road trip to find out the truth.
Originally created by four students, and now the world's largest student film and music festival, CMF is the only event of its kind to provide Apple laptops, Panasonic HD camcorders, and training all for free to tens of thousands of students around the globe. Students at over 60 colleges and universities across the US and Mexico have one week to create their own short movies, with each school hosting red carpet finales to showcase its top movies. The best of the best move onto compete against hundreds of other top shorts at the CMF International Grand Finale in Hollywood in June 2011.
ll the movies are five minutes or less, and use music created by the students themselves or contributed by thousands of independent artists. Awards are presented for Best Picture, Best Comedy, Best Drama, AT&T's Rethink Possible Award, the Elfenworks Social Justice Award, and many special CMF Golden Tripod Awards. Students will earn over $400,000 in prizing and cash this year alone. Thousands of past movies are available for viewing online at www.campusmoviefest.com, as well as in-flight on Virgin America, on AT&T phones, and at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.