March 12, 2013
Festival coming to St. John’s
University with incredible prizes, great exposure, and exciting new
(Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest
student film festival, is coming to St. John’s University as part
of its 12th annual world tour. Students who participate in CMF will
receive everything they need to make a five-minute movie in a week
– a laptop loaded with movie-making software including Adobe
Creative Suite 6, a Panasonic HD video camera, training, and
support – all for free.
we’re blown away by the amazing movies students can create in one
week. We’re thrilled to launch this year’s search for the top
student filmmakers around the world, “ said Dan Costa, Co-Founder
of Campus MovieFest. “Ever since we started CMF as students in
2001, we’ve been honored to help discover exceptional talent and
bring unforgettable experiences to students, and this year is sure
to be the best yet.”
Participating students experience an unforgettable opportunity to
express themselves, learn about filmmaking, and of course, have a
lot of fun with the chance to win great prizes including $30,000
cash, 12-month memberships to Adobe Creative Cloud, Hollywood pitch
meetings, and more. In addition, top CMF films gain huge exposure
opportunities and are showcased in-flight on Virgin America and at
the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.
experience at Campus MovieFest this past year has been insightful
and thrilling,” says Nicholas Sailer, creator of 2011-12 Best
Picture Winner The Strong
One. “When I first entered Campus MovieFest three years ago, I
could only dream about where I am now. It has taken me on a journey
that has proved invaluable. Campus MovieFest provides support,
encouragement, enthusiasm, and a creative environment for
filmmakers all over the world to share their vision.”
launches at St. John’s on Wednesday, March 13. Students then have
one week to film and edit their movies about anything they can
imagine. Categories include Best Picture, Best Drama and Best
Comedy, as well as the CMF Elfenworks Social Justice Category, an
opportunity to create a short movie or song about social justice
for a chance to win up to $20,000 in cash grants.
turned in on Tuesday, March 19 and then judged by a panel of St.
John’s students, staff, and faculty. On Saturday, April 13, the top
short movies will be shown at a red carpet finale at the Little
Theater at 7pm. Top winners from St. John’s advance to CMF
Hollywood in June 2013.
winners are also invited to join the CMF Distinguished Filmmakers
Network, a program that provides top students with opportunities
ranging from paid content production to unforgettable experiences
within the film industry.
2011-2012 World Tour, over 75,000 students participated in Campus
MovieFest, with over 250 films advancing to CMF Hollywood this past
June. Young filmmakers from around the world attended filmmaking
panels, workshops, screenings of their films at Universal Studios,
and a glamorous award ceremony, with special guests including Wally
Pfister (The Dark Knight Rises), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Jon
Landau (Avatar), and many more.
information about Campus MovieFest, to sign-up to participate, or
to see the best CMF movies, visit
- World's largest student film festival returns to STJ thanks to
Student Engagement and the Mass Communications Department
- Participating students will receive everything they need –
laptops, Panasonic HD camcorders, and training – all for free.
- CMF provided laptops come preloaded with Adobe Creative Suite 6
including Premiere, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, and
- CMF Hollywood celebrates the best movies from the 2012-2013
Tour – including the top STJ movies.
- Win great prizes, exposure opportunities, Hollywood pitch
meetings, and more. In addition, top films are showcased in-flight
on Virgin America and at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film
- CMF LAUNCH – Wednesday, March 13
- CMF COLLECTION – Tuesday, March 19
- CMF FINALE – Saturday, April 13 – Little Theater
over a decade ago when four students at Emory University provided
fellow students with everything they needed to make movies in one
week. Since then, more than 500,000 students have received all the
necessary technology and training to tell their stories for free
thanks to corporate partners and schools. Past winners have walked
away with over $2 million in prizes and seen their films on the big
screens at CMF events nationwide, at Cannes, at major Hollywood
studios including Paramount, Warner Bros, and Universal, and on
millions of smaller screens – including mobile devices, in-flight
on Virgin America, and online.
inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Reilly, Director of Media
Relations at St. John’s, by calling (718) 990-5789, or by e-mail to