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Campus Movie Fest turns Tar Heels into filmmakers

Nearly 50 teams of Carolina students worked long hours last spring to produce short films in a week’s time for Campus Movie Fest.




A collaboration between ITS, the Carolina Film Association and Arts Everywhere, the film festival provided students with all the equipment and training they needed to be filmmakers — regardless of their academic major or experience level.

Campus Movie Fest challenged the teams of students to then produce five-minute films of various genres including comedy, drama and documentary. The top 16 films premiered at an event on March 7, 2018.

Held at more than 30 colleges and universities across the country, Campus Movie Fest was brought to Carolina as part of the campus-wide Arts Everywhere initiative, which aims to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life.

Sophomore Caleb Clarke was among the students who entered a film in the festival. Although he has produced short films by himself in the past, Clarke competed in the Campus Movie Fest with a group of friends to experience working with a crew. His film, titled “Break,” ultimately finished in the top four of the festival and won the Silver Tripod Award for best cinematography. The film then competed in the Terminus Conference and Festival in Atlanta this past summer.

For Clarke, whose film examined anxiety, filmmaking is a way to shine a spotlight on important issues. “I think there’s a very influential power with visual communication as a whole to help you think about something in a different way, to shed light, to explain or to educate,” he said.

All competition videos are available by visiting Carolina’s Movie Fest website.

(This story was originally published on and was reused with permission).

CMF participants learn about products from vendors before making their films

Student filmmakers pose after the screenings and awards ceremony

Key Partner(s): Adobe, Arts Everywhere, Carolina Film Association
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