Students, are you up to the challenge of creating a five-minute movie in a week? If so, your prize-winning film could one day be shown on Virgin America airlines and at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.
The University of Central Florida will participate this month in the 15th annual Campus MovieFest, one of the world’s largest student filmmaking festivals.
An information session will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Room 221 of the Student Union. The official project launch will be noon-5 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Student Union atrium, where participating students will receive the loaned equipment needed for shooting and editing their creation. They will have until Jan. 25 to submit their work.
If students make it to the national level, prizes include a year’s membership to Adobe Creative Cloud and other film exposure opportunities. The best movies from across the country will be honored with the Golden Tripod awards – Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Picture. Campus Best Picture winners will receive $5,000 in top-of-the-line Sennheiser audio equipment.
In addition, student teams can enter a special category that will award $15,000 in prizes to films and songs related to social-justice issues.
Students who sign up will be provided the free use of all of the equipment they will need to make their movie, including royalty-free music, hard drive, laptop loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud software, and professional cameras, camcorders and sound equipment.
The Campus Activities Board will host a viewing of the top 16 films Feb. 18 in the Pegasus Ballroom. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. The top four teams will be chosen by a panel of faculty, students and staff and will be entered into the national competition.
This will be the 10th year UCF has participated in the festival. More than 850,000 students from colleges and universities worldwide have shown off their talents in the last decade.
For more information and to sign up: Campus MovieFest.