Sixty-one teams of Whittier College students have decided to try their hand at filmmaking as part of the 2009 Campus MovieFest (CMF). This is the third year Whittier students participate in this event. According to organizers, who were on hand to register students, this year's total adds up to 20 more teams than last year.
"We couldn't be more excited about the participation level," said Jessica Reynoso, spokeswoman for CMF. "While we won't have final student numbers until all the teams submit their cast lists, most teams have on average about 14 students involved, so we could see over 800 Whittier students telling their stories."
CMF, billed as the world's largest student film festival, provides students with everything they need—including camcorders and Apple laptops—to make a movie in one week. During this year's festival, its estimated that 75,000 students will participate in over fifty events, earning $400,000 in prizes and the chance to see their movies on the big screen at college red carpet finales and regional grand finales, in addition to showcases on AT&T phones and in-flight on Virgin America. The events culminate at the CMF International Grand Finale at Paramount Studios in June 2010.