This year is the sixth consecutive year that Rollins will host the Campus MovieFest (CMF). The competition will begin Feb. 2 at 12 p.m. in the Darden Lounge.
Contestants will be provided with an Apple laptop, an HD camera and an AT&T support phone to help them create their five-minute movie.
The students will then have one week, until Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., to turn in the videos they have filmed as well as to return the equipment with which they had been provided.
On Feb. 17, otherwise known as Premiere Night, the finalists will be selected and the top 16 movies will be shown in the Alfond Sports Center; the prizes will be presented then as well.
The movies can be about anything the students want, as long as they are five minutes or under and do not contain too much violence or explicit material. A full list of rules is available on the Campus MovieFest website and will also be provided when the students turn in their registration form.
There are three categories: Best Picture, Best Drama and Best Comedy. The prizes are an iPod touch for Best Picture, and iPod Nanos for Best Comedy and Best Drama.
All three will also receive Final Cut Studio and an invitation to the CMF International Grand Finale and Distinguished Filmmakers Network (DFN). There is also the opportunity to win the AT&T Wild Card Award, where the winners also earn an invitation to the CMF International Grand Finale and DFN as well as an iPad.
According to Amanda Drum ’11, an All Campus Events (ACE) member who is running the event with Gabriela Chassagne ’13, CMF is one of the most popular events on campus. “Next to Fox Day and Rally Rollins, [CMF] is the most widely attended event of the entire year. It’s the talk of the campus for weeks and most of the school comes out for Premiere Night.”
The competition is open to everyone in the Rollins community, meaning anyone from Holt, Crummer, A&S, and even the faculty and staff can feel free to sign up a team and submit a movie.
Last year, a team of grounds-keeping staff submitted a video that made it to the finals. Premiere Night is also open to anyone who wishes to attend and Drum urges everyone to come as it is “an incredibly fun night.”
To learn more about this year’s CMF, or to look over the official rules and guidelines for the competition, go to www.campusmoviefest.com/ festivals/246-rollins-college or e-mail Drum at firstname.lastname@example.org.