Originally created by four students at Emory University in 2001, and now the world's largest student film and music festival, CMF is the only event of its kind to provide Apple laptops loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud, Western Digital external storage, Panasonic HD camcorders, and training all for free to students around the globe. Students at participating colleges and universities 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 moved on to compete against hundreds of other top shorts at CMF Hollywood.
All 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, the Elfenworks Social Justice Award, CMF 3D, and many special CMF Golden Tripod Awards. Over the past ten years, students have earned over $2 million in prizing and cash. Thousands of past movies are available for viewing online at campusmoviefest.com, as well as in-flight on Virgin America, on mobile phones, and at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.