Lights, Camera, Action!

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2010) – There’s no telling where it will all lead, but it begins at campuses all over the country, the road to recognition as a filmmaker during Campus Movie Fest, the largest student film festival in the world. At the University of South Florida, student-produced films competed to be shown this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater – complete with a red carpet.  They stand a chance to make it the Southern Regional Grand Finale to be held March 27 in Atlanta, followed by the International Grand Finale. 


There’s a new tradition to uphold. USF Mass Communications major Sarah Wilson won two consecutive “best picture” awards for her two films, Rhapsody and Focus, both screened at the international competition. Her team’s work competed against 800 to 1,000 other films from throughout the Southeast before heading to Hollywood. Who will it be this year?


This event is organized by the Office of Student Programs and is free and open to the public.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.