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Campus Movie Fest Brings
Home the Gold


By Melissa Randle

ATLANTA -- David Roemer, Dan Costa & their team at Campus Movie Fest have done it again! The world's largest student film festival returned home to hold its 6th annual Atlanta Grand Finale in front of a well-attended crowd at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Feb. 28. Student filmmakers from local area schools like GA Tech, GSU, UGA, Emory, and the AUC came out to compete and support their peers in the city-wide festival.

Taking place just days after Hollywood's Oscar festivities, this year's event sought to incorporate Academy Award-like elements with the introduction of the Golden Tripod (the CMF version of the Oscar) and special attendance by guest host, Carson Daly of Late Night with Carson Daly. Each year's films illustrate the creativity and potential of upcoming student filmmakers who, given an Apple Laptop & digital camcorder complete a short film from start to finish in a mere 5 days. The results range from weird/ quirky to insightful and impressive to say the least. Undoubtedly this year's contestants hope to garner the same sort of media attention from their works as did one of last year's award winning films for Best Comedy, GSU's 55 -
A Meditation on The Speed Limit
.


And the winners of this year's Golden Tripods were…

  • Best SFX - Never Odd or Even (GSU)
  • Best Costume - My Parent's Cabin (UGA)
  • Best Concept - Fragmented (AUC)
  • Funniest Moment - Lecture Crashers 2 (GA Tech)
  • Best Soundtrack - Stuntin' Like Punjabi (Emory)
  • Turner Classic Movies Classic Short Film Award - Cake Master (GSU)
  • TBS Funny Award - Discovering English (Emory)
  • CMF Atlanta Audience Choice Awards - Discovering English (Emory)
  • Best Picture - Fanya Kaplan (GA Tech) (interesting tidbit - The actors learned to speak Russian in only 2 weeks for this film about Fanya Kaplan, the female revolutionary who attempted to assassinate Lenin & was later credited with his ultimate cause of death).

Other films I found notables were - Maximum Overkill (UGA), Psalm 130 (AUC) and Lunch Date (GSU).

To check out more information on these and other films submitted this year go to www.campusmoviefest.com.

In addition, the recipients of the Turner Classic Movies Classic Short Film and TBS' Funny awards will air on their websites respectively at www.tcm.com and www.tbs.com.