Award-Winning Student Films at CampusMovieFest

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Danielle Maingot
Staff Writer

USF’s Campus Activities Board and Campus Movie Fest (CMF) rolled out the red carpet last Thursday, screening 16 student films. With one week to create a 5-minute film, there were 55 team submissions for CMF’s third year at USF. Students competed in Best Comedy, Best Drama, and Best Picture categories winning prizes such as Target gift cards, a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, and having their film screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film “Wingman” won the award for Best Picture. The humorous flick features two friends, with one saving the other from the perils of girls. Throughout the film actor Shayan Allahi, who won Best Actor, played various roles to rescue his friend Evan Vigiano.

“Wiseman” took home the Best Drama award, along with the Silver Tripod award for Cinematography. According to the filmmakers, the movie “represents our nature to be true to ourselves. To create. To make films.To paint.To fall in love. To make art. As opposed to having to experience the normality that is having a conventional job working for the man. But instead leaving that and being true to yourself, true to creation.”The melodramatic music follows the story of a couple as they explore nature. They are shown interacting with each other through painting and filming.

Three films were nominated for Best Comedy, and “A Few Geese In The Box” took the title. Actors Jack Hampton, Alec Kaplan and David Mauro find themselves trapped in an elevator. They decide the first thing to do is establish a pee corner. After what appears to be five days, they realize that no one hit the elevator button until actor Jordan Guingao enters. Once the door closes, the elevator actually breaks down and they proceed onto day six.

Another notable film was Best Drama nominee “Preludes,” which captures the essence of T.S. Eliot’s title poem while exploring the scenery of San Francisco. When asked what inspired this film, actor Nick Butler said, “It was beyond what we normally do. We usually make funny movies, so this was a big change. Also, we based all the shots and feelings that we had off our lives. We tried to use as much real emotion as possible through the filming. We were also hugely inspired by the UK artist, Burial, and the mood that he brings across in his music.”

If you were unable to attend Campus MovieFest, you can view the films online at http://www.campusmoviefest.com/festivals/420university-of-san-francisco

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