Student Filmmakers Celebrated at 2019 CMF Terminus Conference + Film Festival

Student Filmmakers Celebrated at 2019 CMF Terminus Conference + Film Festival

Culminating in an unforgettable weekend of networking, educational growth, and career development.

By Holland Baird

What do you get when you combine creative, young minds, free access to filmmaking equipment, and a desire to tell a story? CMF Terminus Conference and Film Festival 2019.

CMF Terminus is the annual, grand finale celebration for Campus Movie Fest, a year-long tour that provides college students with free tools and resources to produce short films in just one week and the world’s largest student film festival. Taking place this past June in Atlanta, CMF Terminus welcomed over 350 emerging filmmakers, creators, and Campus Movie Fest participants from around the world for 75+ hours of workshops, screenings, networking, parties, and awards.

Throughout the three day weekend, attendees participated in panels focused on topics like Gender Diversity in Film, New Media, Safety on Set, Documentary Filmmaking, Working with Studios, Insider Tips for Casting, Film Project Financing and Distribution, and more.  Representatives from The Walt Disney Studios also hosted a special luncheon for their Women in Film initiative, and Pixar Animation Studios shared an exclusive screening of one of their newest animated shorts, Float, followed by a hands-on animation storyboarding workshop. The CMF student-produced Silver and Golden Tripod nominated film screenings were another large piece of the weekend’s activities.

No conference or film festival is complete without epic parties and networking opportunities. Upon arriving in The Big Peach, CMF Terminus attendees were welcomed with a mixer and dance party hosted by The Elfenworks Foundation at Crazy ATLanta, DJ’d by Mantis. Later in the weekend, Ideas United, a Campus Movie Fest presenting partner, hosted another networking mixer for attendees at The Hilton Hotel, following day two of workshops, panels, and screenings.

Concluding the jam-packed weekend was Sunday’s Golden Tripod Awards hosted at the historic Plaza Theatre. Complete with red carpet photo ops, interviews, and an epic after-party, the evening’s biggest takeaways were the “Best Of” Golden Tripod Award winners. Best Picture was awarded to Nick Pletcher from the University of Central Florida for his film, Planet Homosapien. Best Comedy was awarded to Tyler Law from The College of New Jersey for Marvin the Magnificent. Tyler Law also won the infamous Poo Industries CMF Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Kevin Walsh Jr. for participating in Campus Movie Fest all four (or five) years of their college career. Best Director was awarded to the crowd favorite, Jerry La from San Diego State University for Sorry Doesn’t Cut It. Prime Video’s category and massive prize pack valued at over $800, was awarded to Max Kolomatsky from Emerson College for his film Cam on the Moon. The Prime Video prize pack included a Fire TV cube, Amazon Echo Plus, a $100 Amazon gift card, a Prime Student one year subscription, a 7″ Fire tablet, and a 40″ Toshiba smart TV. The Elfenworks Foundation also awarded three students monetary prizes for their films in the Hope in Social Justice category, which honors films that inspire positive social change; Rakeem Morris from Old Dominion University won $10,000.00 for their film Blessings in Disguise, Ryan Kelly from West Virginia University won $2,000.00 for their film Polar Opposite, and Pedro De Andrade Polillo from the University of Central Florida won $1,000.00 for their film The Bigger Picture. These and the other winning films can be watched online at

Campus Movie Fest and CMF Terminus participants continue to make significant contributions to the film industry. Recent CMF alumni include Zack Morrison and Jason Zavaleta, both who have feature films screening across the festival circuit this year. Additional noteworthy CMF alumni include Eliza McNitt, director of Spheres, which was produced by Darren Aronofsky and narrated by Jessica Chastain. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, creators of the Sundance Award-winning film Swiss Army Man, are also CMF alumni.

Campus Movie Fest kicks off its 19th year of student engagement this September, launching four tours covering college campuses across the United States. Learn more at