Campus Movie Fest Returns to SSU October 3-12

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A letter from Bruce Berkowitz:

Dear Faculty and Staff:

We will supply a digital camcorder, a tripod, a Mac laptop equipped with iMovie and Final Cut software, 1,300 songs to create a soundtrack and have expert staff on hand for a week to provide technical assistance. This back-by-popular demand event at SSU is completely free and will culminate with the finale at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center where the top 16 films will premiere on Friday, October 12th at 8:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join in on the movie making process especially those who have never previously handled a camcorder and worked with film editing software. In the 21st century, preparing students to enter the workforce leads to more than study in their field. Students must become familiar with all aspects of essential technology including filmmaking. As a cutting edge state university, Sonoma State cannot afford to miss out on this amazing opportunity to participate in such a fun and educational event. Over 100 teams signed up last year! Many were affiliated with SSU classes. CMF is the perfect opportunity for students to produce a quality video that could qualify as a culminating project for your class.

Campus MovieFest (CMF) began at Emory University in Georgia in 2000 as a program put on by residential life staff and has quickly grown in the last twelve years with film fest taking place every year across the country and even in the United Kingdom. This year, the top films from Sonoma State will compete against those from Stanford University, San Jose State, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley in the regional finale taking place in Los Angeles. The participants in SSU's first place film (up to 10 members) will win iPods and teams in the regional finale have a chance of winning Apple computers and many other prizes.

Please encourage your students to participate no matter what their interests may be, if it's a class project or done just for fun on their own. For FYE, Freshman Cohort classes and U102 classes, this is the perfect class project that will both educate and entertain. It only takes a group of four to sign up as a filmmaking team. The films can be comedies, dramas, science fiction, action and adventure, thrillers and documentaries; the possibilities are endless. Sign up today at To view last year's top national films, visit

If you would like a short presentation on CMF or would like a DVD of the promo video, please email

If you have any questions, please call me at 664-2782 or email me at Look forward to hearing from you.

-Bruce Berkowitz