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 to or less than 05 minutes: 00 seconds: 00 frames. This limit includes credits and anything else which might be included in your final exported file, though credits are not required. If your movie is over the 05:00:00 time limit, it will not be judged or screened at CMF Finales, but it will be available to view on campusmoviefest.com.

Movie-making Week: You must shoot and edit your movie during your school’s movie-making week. Advance pre-production (script, casting, locations, etc.) is acceptable and encouraged, but principle photography and editing must occur within the 7-day period for your school. If there is evidence that you shot or edited your movie outside of your school’s movie-making week, your movie will not be judged or screened at any CMF events. You can submit as many entries to the competition as you like, as long as all entries are shot and edited during the movie-making week.

If there is footage pertinent to your movie that you cannot shoot in the given movie-making week for your school, please email support@campusmoviefest.com at least 24 hours before your school’s CMF Launch, to explain the scenario and request permission to use footage created outside that 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 works better for his/her actors.

Typically, if permission is granted, you will be allowed to use up to 10% of your movie’s total runtime for footage shot outside your movie-making week. CMF will determine in its sole and exclusive discretion whether to permit an exception to this rule.

Movie Topics: Your movie can be about any topic or be of any genre though defamation of any kind is strictly prohibited in all films. Campus MovieFest does not provide any prompts or require any themes. However, we do have several special categories including the Elfenworks Social Justice Category, the Seeker Stories Documentary Category, and the Points of Light Category, which have additional prizing opportunities on the national level.

Editing Software: You are permitted to use any type of software to edit your movie. Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, and Final Cut Pro 7 will all be provided on most 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 on page 22 for Adobe Premiere Pro, page 27 for iMovie, page 31 for Final Cut Pro X, and page 36 for Final Cut Pro 7. If you need further assistance, please contact our Video Managers at support@campusmoviefest.com.

Copyrighted Music: You are not permitted to include any copyrighted 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. It is also a copyright violation to create your own alternate or cover version of an existing song. This also includes audio that might be in the background of your film that is coming from from a television or film, video games, or even a radio or stereo in the room or in a car.

We also have a library of 1,300+ songs from independent musicians available in the iTunes Library of the CMF Loaner laptops. These tracks are available for preview on CMF’s Google Drive account, which can be accessed via campusmoviefest.com/support

Trademarks: You are discouraged from including 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. Especially if we are contacted by the rights holder (which is more likely to occur when a trademark is used negatively), your movie cannot be screened and will be removed from competition.

Other Copyrights: In addition to the music copyright and trademark guidelines above, you are not permitted to use any other 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 movie 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 of a book) is a potential infraction so please be extremely cautious to protect yourself.

Nudity: is not permitted.

Dangerous Behavior: It is absolutely prohibited for any participant to engage in dangerous, reckless, illegal or otherwise negligent behavior including but not limited to simulated violence that endangers a participant or staging a simulated crime or choreographed fight scene in a publicly-accessible venue where members of the public might be alarmed in any aspect of the creation of your movie. Any such behavior will lead to immediate disqualification from the competition. Also, remember to check your school’s policies before bringing certain props for your film onto campus such as weapons (real or fake), and to obtain necessary permission for filming in certain on-campus locations if required by your school.

Crew Members: All members of your movie’s crew must be students, in good standing, and currently registered in classes at the participating campus in which you are submitting your movie. Your crew is defined as the group of people who perform technical or creative tasks on your movie (examples: writers, directors, producers, editors, camera operators, directors of photography, grips, etc). All crew members must be able to produce a student ID or other similar verification upon request.

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 to be 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, in order to be eligible for prizes.

Release Forms: It is highly recommended that your movie’s required Movie Release and Talent Release forms be 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 or your film may be disqualified.

Prizing: Only cast & crew members that are currently affiliated students 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 CMF 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 this criteria: No profanity. No nudity. No graphic violence. No drug use. No hate speech. Movies that do not follow the criteria above will not be disqualified, but they will be severely limited in exposure opportunities with partner outlets such as Virgin America in-flight entertainment and television networks, and be unlikely to be selected by partner companies for special categories.

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 We Make, our network of esteemed filmmakers, also get additional support submitting their movies to top festivals. You can learn more about We Make at iuWeMake.com

Judges & Judging Criteria
We’re very pleased to have exceptional judges who will do their best to pick the top movies. With so many great entries, it won’t be easy! The independent judging panel at each campus will be comprised of students, staff, and partners.

It’s important that your team follows the guidelines as outlined in this manual. In particular, your movies will be judged on the following criteria, each of which will be equally weighted.

Pay close attention to the following areas, which pertain to the story and structure of your movie:
·   Script/story
·   Creativity
·   Originality
·   Coherence

Technical Excellence
This section pertains to the technical aspects of the movie.
·   Visual creativity
·   Cinematography
·   Sound design and soundtrack
·   Editing
·   Effective use of special effects

Overall Quality
·   Did the movie affect you?
·   Did the movie produce an emotional response?

Pay close attention to the following areas, which pertain to the overall experience of watching the movie:
·   Overall impression
·   Enjoyment factor
·   Meaningfulness
·   Replay value

We also offer special themed categories with additional guidelines and awards. Find out all of the details at campusmoviefest.com


All CMF participants will receive the following during their 7-day movie-making period, based on availability.

1. One (1) Apple Macbook Pro with editing software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, and 1000+ royalty-free songs. One (1) Apple Macbook Pro charger will also be included.

2. One (1) Panasonic HD camera of one of the following models: Lumix GH4, Lumix GH3, Lumix G7, X920, or SD90. One (1) Panasonic/Lumix camera battery and charger will also be included. For cameras with detachable lenses, one (1) 14-140 kit lens will be provided.

3. One (1) 500GB external hard drive.

4. One (1) shotgun microphone or Sennheiser AVX wireless lavalier kit with applicable accessories.

5. One (1) tripod with tripod faceplate.

6. One (1) SD card for Panasonic Lumix GH4, Lumix GH3, Lumix G7, X920, or SD90.

7. One (1) shoulder bag, backpack, or alternative case to carry the above equipment.

PLEASE NOTE: While this equipment is provided to you for free, if any loss or damage occurs to any equipment, peripherals, or cords for ANY REASON, you will be financially responsible for its loss.


Campus MovieFest will also provide you with training and technical support during your college's 7-day movie-making period through the following ways:

1. 24/7 phone support at 541-CMF-TECH

2. 24/7 e-mail support at support@campusmoviefest

3. 24/7 web support at www.campusmoviefest.com/support

4. 24/7 social media support at facebook.com/campusmoviefest, twitter.com/campusmoviefest, and your college's Facebook event page.

5. In-person Information Sessions or Technical Support Sessions based on pre-set times may also be available on your campus. Technical support is entirely open-ended. You're welcome to ask any question or receive any kind of training, from big questions like "how do I make a movie?" to "how do I add this alpha channel effect to this clip?" We're here to help, so please take advantage of us! Have additional questions? Feel free to shoot us an e-mail or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Campus MovieFest 2016-17 Official Rules

Here's your one-stop shop for all the fun and exciting legal info we're required to post. In case you're ever struggling to come up with an idea for a short movie or are in need of something legal to help you get to sleep, spend some quality time below perusing all the official rules.

1. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Contest void wherever prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.

2. No purchase necessary to enter or win a prize. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

3. Sponsor: Ideas United, LLC, 200 Arizona Ave NE, Suite 104, Atlanta, GA 30307

4. Your entry must consist of three elements: (1) creator name, e-mail address, and phone number entered in the registration system at www.campusmoviefest.com; (2) your completed movie submitted prior to the event deadline listed on www.campusmoviefest.com; and (3) completed signed general release forms and cast list forms for all persons appearing in your movie submitted prior to event deadline. A complete entry consists of the above stated three elements. Incomplete entries may not be judged and are subject to disqualification. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. To create your movie, follow these guidelines:

  ·  You must submit the provided Movie Release with signatures of all members of the team creating the entry, and the provided Talent Release, with signatures of all on-camera and/or voiceover talent.
  ·  You must be able to transfer all rights to Ideas United, LLC and its partners.
  ·  The movie must follow all other category guidelines as posted at the time of submission on www.campusmoviefest.com, including not violating any laws or school policies.
  ·  Your submission must not violate the rights of any other person or entity including defamation, slander, or libel.

5. Ideas United, LLC does not assume responsibility for phone, technical, network, electronic, computer, hardware or software failure of any kind, stolen, incomplete, garbled, or delayed internet/e-mail computer transmission, or lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible, stolen, incomplete, misaddressed entries incorrectly transmitted entries, or any other entry which does not meet the requirements set out in Rule 4. Entries may be disqualified if not complete for any reason.

6. Prize packages will be announced on www.campusmoviefest.com. Prize packages are provided for each participating School selected by Sponsor and one Grand Finale competition. Approximate retail values included below.

7. US School level prizes include:

  ·  Prize packages for the four (4) highest scoring movies submitted at the school level (Jury Award Winners) include one free 12-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (RV $599.88 USD), custom CMF Movie Slate trophy, invitation to screen at CMF Grand Finale at TERMINUS (Summer 2017), invitation to attend and screen at the Cannes International Film Festival with CMF (subject to acceptance terms and availability; travel and festival fees apply).
  ·  These prize packages apply only to participating schools in the United States.

8. Grand Prizes include:

  ·  For the “Elfenworks Social Justice Category” recognizing the movies that focus on social justice issues, one (1) grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 USD cash prize.
  ·  For the “Seeker Stories Category” recognizing non-fiction and documentary movies, one (1) grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 USD cash prize, and a trip for two (2) people to attend the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival with CMF with flight, lodging, and festival badges included.
  ·  For the “Points of Light Category” recognizing documentaries that focus on volunteerism, one (1) grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 USD cash prize.
  ·  The Sponsor of all prizes is Ideas United, LLC.

9. A panel of judges, from inside and outside participating universities, the Campus MovieFest staff, Campus MovieFest partners, and the surrounding community knowledgeable in the fields of film, music, or student life will consider the following criteria in determining the finalists or winners:

  ·  Content (story/structure)
  ·  Technical excellence
  ·  Overall quality
  ·  Adherence to the selected theme for each category, including “Elfenworks Social Justice,” “Seeker Stories,” and “Points of Light.” Additional criteria and guidelines may be presented online at www.campusmoviefest.com.
  ·  Ideas United, LLC, reserves the right for the judging panels to eliminate any entry on the basis of objectionable content, including but not limited to guidelines listed in the provided CMF Training Manual and online at www.campusmoviefest.com.
  ·  Additional prize categories may be determined based on criteria announced on www.campusmoviefest.com.

10. The on-campus event judging will take place within one month of the deadline. Grand Finale judging will take take place in April or May 2017 before the CMF Grand Finale at TERMINUS. Prizes are non-transferable. There will be no substitution of prizes and no election of cash in lieu of prizes, except at the sole discretion of Ideas United, LLC. All prizes will be awarded. Winners should allow two months for delivery of the prizes after notification of winning. Prize winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. In the event of prize unavailability, Ideas United reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. If an entry is disqualified, an alternate winner will be selected by the judges based on the judging criteria.

11. Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry; the entry is original and owned by entrant; the entry is free of any claims by other parties; and that the entry was not created at their job, using their employer’s equipment or on their employer’s time. Each entrant further grants to Sponsor and its partners the right to exhibit, broadcast, reproduce, edit, rebroadcast, publicly perform, display, create derivative works of, distribute, post, sublicense, and otherwise use the entries or any parts thereof, in perpetuity worldwide in any manner, without compensation or additional consideration to entrant. Sponsor and its partners are not obligated to display any entry.

12. By entering the contest, the entrants (a) agree to the official rules and the decisions of the judges which shall be final in all respects; (b) consent to the use of winners’ names and likenesses, the name of his/her company, school or affiliation (if applicable) and any statements, quotes or testimonials, photographs, designs, models, software and/or any other audio-visual materials provided by the entrant, for advertising, trade and publicity purposes and grants Ideas United, LLC and its authorized agents, licensees, assigns, and designated partners the rights to reprint, display, reproduce, perform, exhibit and sell the entry without limitation and without any additional compensation to the winner or any other party, except where prohibited by law; (c) release Ideas United, LLC, its subsidiaries, sponsors, partners, and affiliates, and their directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by participation in the contest, by any prize, or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any prize; and (d) agree that entries shall not contain obscene or offensive imagery or audio, violence, nudity, sexual activity, illegal activity, defamatory content, unauthorized trademarks, copyrighted or confidential material, or any other inappropriate materials as determined by Sponsor.

13. Upon receipt, the actual entry submitted becomes the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

14. For additional copies of the Official Rules, please contact: support@campusmoviefest.com

15. Employees and contractors of Ideas United, LLC, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, and partners of Campus MovieFest, advertising and promotion agencies (“Released Parties”) or members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest. Individuals are eligible to enter only if they are, at the time of entry, either (1) a legal resident of the United States of America who is at least the age of majority at time of entry and is actively enrolled as a part time or full time student at an accredited United States college or university; OR (2) an international student who is are at least the age of majority and is actively enrolled in an accredited United States college or university at the time of entry into the contest.

16. By receipt of any prize, winner agrees to release and hold harmless Released Parties from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

17. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors by any of the programming associated with the Contest; (2) unauthorized human action in any part of the process; (3) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest; (4) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest, provided that, if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Contest, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

18. Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia or the appropriate Georgia State Court located in DeKalb County, Georgia; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Georgia without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Georgia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Georgia.

19. For a list of winners, please send e-mail to support@campusmoviefest.com or a stamped self-addressed envelope to the following address:
Ideas United, LLC
200 Arizona Ave NE
Suite 104
Atlanta, GA 30307