Campus MovieFest Premiere brings spotlight back to CPP

By Zara Hurtado

For more than 17 years, Campus MovieFest has given students the opportunity to bring their cinematic visions to life. This year, CMF is bringing the spotlight back to Cal Poly Pomona.

Students are invited to show their support at the free screening of the top 16 student films. The CMF premiere will take place Nov. 17 at the BSC, Ursa Major.

Leading up to the premiere, students were given the opportunity to attend two different info sessions to learn more about the filmmaking process, meet with professionals in the film industry, rent free equipment and network with fellow student filmmakers.

“Students at the info session are usually enthusiastic about creating their films,” Brenda Calderon, Student Activities and Programs Lead Programmer said. “They come with a lot of good questions to ask the CMF team and are able to have first dibs on some equipment.”

Prior to the premiere, students are given a full week to meet with CMF tech support to learn how to use professional equipment and start filming.

The easy access to quality equipment is one major appeal for students such as third-year communication student, Nikki Nguyen.

“I saw a post on social media, and I had past experience in making short films in high school, so I wanted to challenge myself and enter the competition,” Nguyen said. “I’m looking forward to getting professional help from the tech people and learning how to use the programs.”

Filmmakers are given the liberty to create a film of any genre, as long as it falls into the five minute time limit.

Special categories include the Elfenworks Social Justice category and the Seeker Stories Documentary category.

Finalists will be given the chance to take their film to TERMINUS, a four day workshop with film professionals in Atlanta, GA.

Other prizes for finalists include the opportunity to have their screen filmed on Virgin Airlines or showcase their film at the iconic Festival de Cannes in France.

Last year, one lucky finalist civil engineering student Adrian Manila, was able to screen his short film ‘With Strings Attached: The Three He Played’ at Festival de Cannes.

“Aside from all the cool prizes, CMF offers students the opportunity to express themselves through film,” Calderon said.

“Regardless of whether they have done a short film before or are trying it out for the first time, they don’t have to worry about having the right equipment because everything is provided.”

Awards, this year, include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Story, Best Sound and the Audience Award.

The winner of the Audience Award will receive a GoPro.

Moviegoers will also be able to win door prizes and a gift card for the social media contest.

Campus MovieFest representatives set up to talk to students about the upcoming event

Ana Perez / The Poly Post

Campus MovieFest representatives set up to talk to students about the upcoming event

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