Campus MovieFest is back!

Brooks Baptiste

Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival, will be back at the University of North Florida from March 2 to March 8.

UNF students participating in the festival receive access to professional camera equipment and editing software to make their movies magic.

“During that time, students will have only one week to make the best possible five-minute film,” CMF said in a press release. “The CMF Tour provides training, support, and of course, amazing equipment — including a laptop loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud, a Panasonic LUMIX HD camera, and crystal clear sound gear.”

This marks CMF’s 17th annual world tour, which includes 50 campuses across the United States. More than one million students have participated in CMF since it began in 2001, earning more than $2 million in total prizes, according to CMF.

Seeker, a digital network from Discovery Communications, is one of CMF’s new presenting partners which helped CMF create a brand-new documentary category.

Organizers say the tour this year is set to award more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash prizes from the new “Seeker” category. The category will offer students a chance to share nonfiction works touching on science, world, exploration and more.

CMF is also promoting the chance at $10,000 in cash grants from the Elfenworks Social Justice category and the chance to see their movie on Virgin America’s in-flight movie system. Some may be invited to screen their movie at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The top four UNF student movies will be announced during a red-carpet finale at 7:30 p.m. on March 13. Those Jury Award winners will get a free one-year subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud and will advance to the national competition at the CMF Grand Finale at TERMINUS.

Even those who don’t land in the top four at UNF are invited to register and attend TERMINUS in Atlanta, with hands-on workshops, parties, exclusive film screenings and gaming expos— as well as opportunities to network with celebrities and industry leaders.

Silver Tripod awards will be given in categories such as directing, editing, and acting. CMF says the awards will celebrate the achievements of UNF’s “most outstanding” participants.

Students can sign up for free at: Campus MovieFest.

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