Campus MovieFest is the world's largest student film festival, which has enabled more than 100,000 students around the world to create short movies and see them on the big screen since its inception in 2000. Participants produce five-minute movies during a multi-day campus event that provides all necessary equipment, film editing software, training and music.
Between April 14 and April 20, teams of Wittenberg students will film their movies and participate in workshops to receive technical expertise in the art of movie-making. The teams, ranging in size from two to 10 people each, will create movies to be entered into a judged competition. Apple provides laptops and camcorders, available through a sponsorship by the company.
A judging panel of eight students and two faculty members selects the winners in the various categories, the top 16 films will be shown on a big screen on the stage in Commencement Hollow at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. The rain site is Pam Evans Smith Arena in the HPER Center.
Wittenberg is one of just two Ohio universities hosting Campus MovieFest during the 2008-09 school year.
Assistant Dean for Student Activities Mark DeVilbiss said that equipment will be available to accommodate as many as 50 student teams. He credits Casey Stevens, program director for fraternity/sorority life, with bringing the program to Wittenberg. She saw how popular Campus MovieFest was at the University of Tampa when she worked there previously.
"The folks from Campus MovieFest made a great presentation to us last fall," DeVilbiss said. "We were impressed with the potential of the program to promote student learning, school spirit and creativity."
Category winners will receive prizes, including iPods, and the top Wittenberg student teams will have their films entered into a regional competition scheduled for May in New York City. Regional winners go on to a national competition in June, where they will compete for major prizes, including internships at the popular annual Cannes Film Festival. Winning films are also shown as in-flight entertainment by one of the major airlines.
"Student teams have from now until April 14 to sign up online," DeVilbiss said. "The Campus MovieFest Web site has a lot of great information about the program, as well as entertaining films from previous competitions at universities across the nation."
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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