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 Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, 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 will select the winners in the various categories, and the top 16 films will be premiered at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, on a big screen on the stage in Pam Evans Smith Arena in the HPER Center.
Wittenberg is one of just two Ohio universities hosting Campus MovieFest during the 2009-10 school year.
Assistant Dean for Student Activities Mark DeVilbiss said 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, where she worked previously.
"Last year's event was a huge success," said Campus MovieFest student coordinator Jeremy Baker, class of 2011 from Bowling Green, Ohio. "We were impressed with the 30 teams that participated last year and felt that MovieFest would be a great program to bring back again. Students will be hard-pressed to find an opportunity like this anywhere else."
Category winners will receive prizes, including iPods, and the top Wittenberg student teams will have their films entered into a regional competition with the best productions from other participating schools. Regional winners go on to a national competition, 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 on Virgin Airlines.
"Student teams have from now until Oct. 27 to sign up online," DeVilbiss said. "The Campus MovieFest Web site (www.campusmoviefest.com) has a lot of great information about the program, as well as entertaining films from previous competitions at universities across the nation."
Written by: John Strawn and Ryan Maurer
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