Campus MovieFest Strikes Back … Again!

For the third consecutive year, Campus MovieFest is returning to Tampa during the week of Feb. 7-13.

As usual, students who register receive an Apple computer, camcorder, iMovie and Final Cut Pro for use during the week.

The use of Final Cut Pro is new this year and should be especially exciting for communications majors who wish to learn the software.

Registration is free and runs through Feb. 6, 2007.

The event is sponsored locally by Student Government, Student Productions, Sodexho, AVHQ and the Art History Honors Society.

Campus MovieFest offers students a chance to make a five minute film on any subject of their choosing after forming teams of four to 10 people.

A panel of students, faculty and other members of the UT community will pick winners for Best Picture, Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Documentary.

“What’s really exciting this year is that the winners go on to the Florida Film Festival,” said Student Coordinator of Marketing Stephanie Dutka.

“The winners there go on to the international competition, and the Best Comedy wins $10,000 thanks to a sponsorship by TBS.”

The Florida Film Festival is a competition between UT, Rollins College, Jacksonville University and the University of Central Florida.

After UT became the first Florida school to host CMF in 2005, Rollins, JU and UCF followed suit.

Over 500 students sat in Vaughn Center courtyard last spring to watch the films.

“It is an amazing opportunity for students to exhibit their creativity and tell their personal story through use of film,” added Dutka.

“Dudley Forkwright” was made by UT students for MovieFest’s first year, and went on to be used in a Virgin Mobile advertising campaign.

Previous films are available on MovieFest’s website, and can be watched for free.

“It’s open to everyone. That’s the beauty of it. Even someone who has never held a camera is given all the tools and help they need,” said Dutka.

Campus MovieFest representatives will be on campus during the week of the competition to help students with filming, editing and any other aspects they need assistance with.

Filming will take place the week of Feb. 7 to 13 and the finished films will be shown at Campus MovieNite on Thursday, Feb. 22.

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