First annual Campus MovieFest provides fodder for student flicks

By Katie Burnside

This year, Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film
festival, is coming to Cal Poly.

Students are invited to direct and film their own movies, with
equipment provided for free.

Teams are provided with an Apple laptop, a digital video camera,
and even free moviemaking tutorials and technical support.

The event, sponsored by ASI B.E.A.T. and The Poly Post, is
organized by The Film Chair, a film review Web site.

Along with Cal Poly; USC, UCLA and Whittier College are also
getting the opportunity to make their own movies as well.

“This is a nationwide festival and they approached us to be part
of their tour,” said Maria-Lisa Flemington, art program manager and
interim programs and marketing coordinator for ASI.

The Campus Moviefest will be taking place from now until Nov

Students, faculty, and staff can register their teams on the
Campus MovieFest Web site until Oct 30. Each team may consist of
two leaders and three or more crew members.

Upon gathering a team, members must meet on Oct. 30 to collect
the equipment they will need to create their own film.

Teams are expected to make a five minute film and turn in their
finished project before the judging on Nov 9.

Over the course of the event, the originators of Campus
Moviefest will also be making an appearance on campus.

“I think it’s nice that Cal Poly is branching out from the nerdy
engineering stereotype, and is instead taking an interest in other
areas. It’s great to know that we were invited alongside some big
name universities,” said Michael Blashak, a third year physics

Since 2001, Campus MovieFest has enabled students to express
themselves creatively, as well as awarding over $300,000 in

The program began with four college students from Atlanta,

The Emory University students thought it would be fun to provide
free equipment and training to other students so they could produce
and share their own films.

According to the event’s Web site, the goal of the film festival
is to display the next generation of filmmakers and give power to
those who want to share their stories with the world.

When asked how students would react to the film festival, many
were thrilled knowing that they could make their own movies.

“I think it’s cool that students are given an outlet to express
themselves in a media-friendly environment. Also winning the prize
would be cool too,” said Blake Brown, a fashion design and
marketing student.

Campus Moviefest events will be held in the Bronco Student
Center during the week of Oct. 30.

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