Campus MovieFest rolls out the red carpet

By Alyssa Casas

After a hiatus in 2012, it was lights, camera, action for Cal Poly Pomona as the Campus MovieFest returned this year for its fifth year at CPP.

Brought to campus by Associated Student, Inc. and Bronco Events and Activities Team, Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival. It gave students a chance to showcase their storytelling and moviemaking abilities. Each year, Campus MovieFest provides student teams with all of the tools necessary to make a five-minute movie in a week.

“We give each team a Panasonic HD camera and an [Apple] MacBook Pro with editing software already installed.” said Chris Dumas, a promotions manager for CMF. “There is Adobe Creative Cloud, Premiere Pro and After Effects, along with Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, iMovie and the iTunes library has thousands of hours of royalty free music on there, as well.”

Over 90 teams on campus participated in this year’s event. On Friday, the top 16 films, chosen by an anonymous group of judges made up of CPP students, faculty and staff, were showcased at the Red Carpet Finale.

“The finale was a chance for all of the student filmmakers and teams to mingle,” said Krystal Betanzos, a third-year international business student and assistant secretary of programs at ASI. “It was sort of like a real awards show, like the Emmys or the Oscars. None of the teams knew if their film was in the top 16″We had the whole movie environment going on. We wanted to celebrate the teams, their creativity and their awesomeness.”

The judges awarded Best Picture to “My Teddy”, Best Drama to “Roads”, Best Comedy to “Skate To My Heart” and awarded movies in several other categories. The winners of Best Picture, Best Drama and Best Comedy will all go on to represent CPP at the CMF Hollywood student film summit in June 2014, where they will screen their movies along with other national winners and have a chance to compete for $20,000 in cash prizes.

Leontre Tabor, a fourth-year graphic design student and first time filmmaker, was the winner of the CMF Best Picture award for his movie “My Teddy,” a film about a rambunctious student teddy bear.

“It was more difficult than I thought it would be,” said Tabor. “I feel for big time producers and directors like Steven Spielberg, it really does take a lot of time and effort”I wanted to get this perfect, but we also had fun the whole time.”

The event was open to all CPP students, regardless of moviemaking experience. The teams ranged from beginners to more experienced producers. Before Friday’s finale, all of the teams had a chance to work with professional editors during tech support.

“The best part about CMF is that there is a little bit of everything,” said Dumas. “It is people who have been making movies their whole lives and sometimes it is people that just walk past the CMF booth and see a chance to be creative for the first time. You get a good mix of people who have been doing it for a while and people who have never done it before. What is great about the people that have never done it before is that they might find that passion to want to do it for the rest of their lives.”

Dumas said CMF is chance for students to step out of the box and try their hand at a new and creative opportunity, along with memories that can be shown for years to come.

“A lot of times, especially in the professional world, you are told ‘no’ a lot,” said Dumas. “The best part about CMF is we do not just say ‘yes,’ we give you everything you need to make something you could be proud of at the end of the day”Whether you want to be a filmmaker or you just want to have fun with your friends for a week, it is something that you always have and no one can take that away from you.”

To see CPP’s top 16 films go to www.campusmoviefest.com/cpp.

Campus MovieFest rolls out the red carpet

Alyssa Casas/The Poly Post

Campus MovieFest rolls out the red carpet

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