Put down your cameras and get ready to watch the best student films that Georgia State has to offer for Campus MovieFest (CMF). The submission process recently ended, but one group of contenders in the competition has their eyes set on the prize.
A team by the name of Lamia — whisper it for the full effect — submitted a film to CMF for the second year as a group. Lamia originally formed last year, and after recognizing the chemistry they had together while creating their first film, they decided to submit another film this year. This experienced team is composed of upperclassmen that wanted to re-enter because of how much fun they had producing videos and the great opportunity presented through CMF.
The event is held annually at more than 65 universities nationwide and offers film and psychology majors alike the chance to submit a 5-minute film in seven days. Students are lent the proper equipment needed to produce their film, including a tripod, shotgun microphone and a copy of either Macbook Pro or iMovie.
The top 16 films from each university move on to the next round of the competition, where they are judged by a panel of campus representatives. From there, the winning films are chosen based on four categories: Most Popular, Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Picture. The winners are awarded various prizes and possible exposure to bigger names in the industry.
CMF is possibly most valuable to students who are interested in making a film, but have no prior experience. Aside from the equipment provided to all newcomers, a 24-hour support team is on campus for every participant who may be overwhelmed by the filmmaking process. If students aren’t able to produce a film at the end of the week, they just turn in the equipment with no penalty.
“Campus MovieFest is usable for beginner and advanced filmmakers. Students are much more encouraged to give it a try,” promotions manager Logan Williams said. “There is no required theme. Students are encouraged to tell their own story.”
Lamia’s previous experience with CMF allowed them to know what to expect this year and helped their film come together smoothly. Even though they aren’t new to the CMF experience, they still recognize the importance of the opportunity for college students.
“Students don’t often get the chance to do something like that,” said Katie Espada, a member of Team Lamia and a film and video major. “For instance, my roommate is a chemistry major, but they can still participate. People go to college and may not know what they want to do. Then they make a film and it changes their life. Campus MovieFest is way more accessible for beginners.”
However, Lamia doesn’t see this as only an opportunity for beginners, as they hope to gain recognition for their film this year. They described their submission this year as a remake of the popular film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Lamia’s experience and creativity could give them the edge to beat out the competition for one of the four spots of recognition. What is really refreshing about Lamia is that they realize that CMF is more than just a random event at universities–it has an impact on the continuation and appreciation of media production and mass communication.
Published on Feb. 16, 2011 in “The Signal” http://www.gsusignal.com/campus-life/team-lamia-brings-stiff-competition-to-campus-moviefest-1.2471398