Brett Ratner addresses Campus MovieFest

Film Festival wraps Sunday in Las Vegas

Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world's largest student film festival, has attracted a number of Hollywood participants at its ongoing International Grand Finale (IGF) at Wynn Las Vegas from June 10-13.

Over the four days ending Sunday, CMF hosts student filmmakers from across the globe at a full slate of events including screenings of 200 movies, industry workshops, networking opportunities and concerts -- all culminating with the awards ceremony at the Encore Theater.

Participants include composer Michael Giacchino, writer-producer Mark Boal, director Brett Ratner and writer Daniel Petrie, Jr., among others.

During a conversation with students, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will present and answer questions from both sides of the entertainment world -- the male and female side of the business. As business people, artists and celebrities, they will speak on the current conditions affecting the industry and its technologies.

At the gala ceremony, awards will be presented for best comedy, best drama and best picture, as well as a prize in the social justice category.

Throughout the yearlong tour of events, CMF, and presenting partner AT&T, empowered 75,000 students who were given one week to create five-minute movies. They received everything they needed – all for free – including Apple laptops, Panasonic HD cameras and AT&T Samsung phones. The movies screening at IGF highlight the best from 50 participating universities, giving students an opportunity to share their movies with their peers and industry leaders. Students during this year's CMF World Tour will have earned $400,000 in cash and prizes.

"Newcomers to our audience will be blown away by the level of creativity and talent on college campuses," said David Roemer, co-founder of CMF.

In addition to the film festival, there will be a College Battle of the Bands National Grand Finale Friday night. The top four bands selected during regional competitions will compete live for prizes and recognition at Tryst Nightclub.
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