Homecoming meets Hollywood: ASU students roll out the red carpet
For inspiring filmmakers, Campus MovieFest almost sounds too good to be true. The world’s largest student film festival not only provides students with all the equipment they need to produce a short film, but they also offer the chance to win prizes, which include iPads, grant money and a trip to Hollywood.
This year, roughly 100,000 students have taken part in more than 50 Campus MovieFest (CMF) events at universities across the country and have received filmmaking training and equipment free of charge. ASU is one of them.
Fifty-four student teams at ASU participated in the festival and CMF collected 32 films. All of the planning, writing, rehearsing, shooting and editing will culminate in a red carpet finale, at 8 p.m., Oct. 25, at MADCAP Theater, located just north of University Drive and Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe, where ASU students and the community are invited to watch the student-made movies on the big screen.
The films were judged Sept. 30 by a panel and from there 16 were selected to be screened at the red carpet event. The films selected as finalists will be disclosed the night of the finale. There will be prizes given away for best drama, best comedy and best film.
“This event is a great way to promote creativity and teamwork,” said Rebecca Bever, a computer science major in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and part of the Homecoming planning committee. “Students are provided with a MacBook, video camera and a week's worth of time to make their short film. All they need is the idea and motivation. After turning in their film, they are judged and a premiere is held for all to come and watch.”
Below are several of the festival films created by ASU students:
"Slapstick" | Two men are pushed to their breaking points when a simple game of tag takes a turn for the worst.
"House" | Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a child’s imagination?
"Yellow Jacket" | An average man and an average woman enjoy a normal dinner together.
"The Bench" | A day in the life of a park bench.
"Empty Kettle" | A therapy cram session determines the validity of one man’s claim that he does, indeed, have the most vital part of a functioning cardiovascular system.
To see more ASU films from Campus MovieFest, click here.
The screening will take place in the Desi Reels theater, in MADCAP, which seats about 400 people. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the screening will begin at 8 p.m.