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Five minute film challenge on campus with Moviefest

Campus Moviefest took place on the campus of the University of Sussex between Friday 18 and Thursday 24 November. 

Campus Moviefest (CMF) is the world’s largest student film festival and this year the University of Sussex is involved in it for the first time.

Sussex will be a part of the UK 2011 tour, which will also include Oxford, Cambridge, Westminster, University of the Arts London, LSE, UCL and King’s College London.

Students who signed up online were given a week from Friday 18 November to film and edit their films, with the freedom to create anything, using a free camera and laptop film-editing equipment provided for the week by the CMF group.   

Students received training and support, and an opportunity to learn about film-making and gain exposure. Around 50 individuals and teams participated.

James Hickey, Communications Officer for the University of Sussex Students’ Union (SU), said: “I am very pleased that we’ve been able to bring Campus MovieFest to Sussex this year. It’ s a fantastic opportunity, and we have had an incredibly positive response from our students. My thanks go to the CMF organisers who have been so helpful for the entire process. Hopefully this will continue to be a successful relationship in the future, and we will be able to work together to develop student film-making at Sussex and around the UK.”

Handed in on the 24 November, the films are being judged by a panel of film industry professionals. The top films will advance to the UK Grand Finale in December, at Leicester Square and the West End in London.  Prizes available include iPads and Hollywood pitch meetings, for films that are rated particularly highly.

The UK student films will compete in the UK finale for the chance to go to the CMF Finale in Hollywood, the final round of the 11th annual world tour. 

A previous 2010-2011 tour of USA and Mexico saw over 250 films advance to the final round in June 2011 at Warner Bros. studio in Hollywood.

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