by Vince Rogers, Jay Blodgett, and Pam Cole
23, 2008 (ATLANTA)--The last weekend of February saw the most
highly anticipated movie awards of the season finally handed out
to their most deserved winners. And it all went down right here
in good ole Hotlanta. May we have the envelope please? The Oscars
were in Atlanta you ask? No-- the Golden Tripods! Thatís right,
the way more fun and exciting 7th
Annual Campus MovieFest Atlanta Grand Finale, was held February
23 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
The CMF Atlanta Grand Finale showcased the top 16 short films produced
by the thousands of Atlanta students who entered the competition.
Armed with only a basic camera, sound, and editing equipment, these
little gems all had a running time of less than six minutes and
were made in just a week. What these films lacked in epic length,
big budgets, and special effects, they made up for in creativity,
heart and imagination.
The Campus MovieFest was founded in 2001,
by four Emory University students and included 1,500 participants
that first year. This year included 35 schools from across the U.S.
and the United Kingdom, with over 100,000 participants and 3,000
entries! The competition is now divided into eight groups around
the country and in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The films in the Atlanta Campus MovieFest
were submitted from teams of filmmakers from Emory, Georgia Tech,
UGA, Art Institute of Atlanta, GSU, Morehouse College, Spelman College,
and Clark Atlanta University. Participants were given digital handheld
camcorders and access to Apple laptop computers with iMovie and
Final Cut Pro editing software installed, courtesy of the Technology
Sponsor, Apple and Supporting Partner, AT&T.
was quite refreshing to see that a great wealth of cinematic talent
exists not just at Atlantaís fine art schools, but also at its great
technical school and universities. Apparently, there is also a future
generation of Spike Lees emerging from the AU Center. The tech schools
didnít rely on just technology, nor did the art schools compete
on sheer artfulness. However, my personal favorite Best Drama award
winner and Golden
Tripod recipient, was BABY TALK from Georgia Tech
Other announced winners were Best Picture
- TIL DEATH from University of Georgia; and Best
Comedy - JIB SHOT: THE MOVIE from Georgia State University.
The entire group of films presented an excellent account of such
genres as film noir, futuristic drama, romantic comedy and a newly
emerging genre - the transgender, Gen Y angst, Bollywood musical.
You can view the award winning films, along with most of the other
entries at the
Campus MovieFest site.
Like that other awards show, the CMF Atlanta
Grand Finale also included a high concept video montage and an opening
dance number featuring the different school mascots. (Who knew the
Atlanta Institute of Art had a mascot?)
Brown, host of the Food Network shows Good Eats,
Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt, made
a special appearance and was awarded a Golden Tripod of his own
Ė although he said he already had one.
Campus Moviefest has come a long way in
a short time. They are working with the Cannes Film Festival to
enable many of the CMF award-winning filmmakers to attend that festival
and gain valuable experience. CMF has continued to evolve into one
of the most innovative, ambitious, and original film organizations
in the world.
To learn more about the organization, the
filmmakers, and the award winning films, visit www.campusmoviefest.com