Campus Movie Fest Kicks Off


USFtv Executive Producer: Talia Jade Sourkes, Senior Media Studies Major


What is Campus Movie Fest?

TJS: CMF is a national film festival. From my understanding, it’s the world’s largest student film festival. In the last 10 to 15 years, it’s grown into what it is today, and millions of students have participated in it, including hundreds of USF students. I’ve submitted to the festival, so have my friends, it’s a great experience


What’s USFtv’s involvement with CMF?

TJS: USFtv is hosting the festival for the first time. Last year it was hosted by CAB, and they approached us saying, “Hey, CMF is a better fit for you guys, next year would you like to take over?” Our two co-execs last year accepted, and this is our first year hosting it. We’re extremely excited, it’s a great experience! It’s an honor and a blessing to be able to be a part of this.


What are your duties during CMF?

TJS: Over the summer, my co-executive, Alexander [Flores], and I have been in contact with Christian and Danielle, our two main contacts at CMF. We’re coordinating everything that needs to be done. This week, Danielle’s been on campus tabling and promoting CMF, we have posters hung up around campus. Alexander and I have been trying to promote as much as possible through word of mouth, Facebook, texts. In terms of planning, I think a lot of people don’t realize how much work we’re putting in. I think a lot of people think CMF just shows up, tables, and it all magically gets put together.


What are you looking forward to seeing once CMF gets started?

TJS: I’m really looking forward to seeing the films that everyone puts together, considering all the films are made in a week, and it’s really hard to do that. I want to see how happy people are, and how friends come out to support the filmmakers. The atmosphere is amazing.


First time Campus Movie Fest Participant: Anthony Bailon, Sophomore Media Studies Major



How did you hear about CMF?

AB: They were having an event in the cafeteria, they had a booth there today. I saw the banners and asked, “What’s going on?” I thought it would be a good experience. This is my first Campus Movie Fest.


Why did you decide to participate?

AB: I thought it’d just be really cool. Like, what if I won and got to meet Robert DeNiro or something? [One of the CMF finalist prizes is showing at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival.]


Have you had any other experience with filmmaking?

AB: Mainly on student films using equipment we got from the media lab. I’m currently making a couple of things. I’m doing a piece for USFtv, a short for my video production class, and I have a few projects I’m thinking about, so I’m a little busy. The USFtv short is a bit of a music video, I filmed Joey DuFranzia in the restroom playing his guitar, there’s really nice acoustics and great sound. I’m about to start editing it, and all that stuff.


Do you have any ideas for your CMF film?

AB: Something simple in the dorms. I’m thinking something dealing with competition, but I’m still in the rough sketch part.


Do you have a plan for making a film in a week?

AB: I’m planning on finishing shooting by this weekend, so I have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to edit. Hopefully, I’m thinking of getting done filming by Wednesday.


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