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Campus Movie Fest was founded in 2001 by four then-students at Emory University. Over the last 15 years, CMF has grown to give more than one million students access to all of the equipment and training they need to make a five-minute film in one week, including Apple laptops loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud, Panasonic HD Cameras, state-of-the-art sound equipment from Sennheiser, and external hard drives—all for free.

Students at over 30 participating colleges and universities compete, with each school hosting its own red-carpet finale event to showcase its top films. The best of the best move on to the Campus Movie Fest Grand Finale, a jam-packed weekend dedicated to celebrating the creativity of young filmmakers around the globe. Awards are presented for overall Best Picture, Best Director, Best Story, and – for the first time ever – Best Sound, along with many other special CMF Golden Tripod Awards. CMF also teams up with The Elfenworks Foundation to award films with a message about social justice, encouraging students to inspire hope and provoke change through filmmaking. More than two million dollars in cash and prizes has been awarded to students over the last 15 years. CMF films have also been shown in-flight on Virgin America, online at, at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, and beyond.