University of Central Florida students are snatching up free gear including Apple laptops loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud, Panasonic or LUMIX HD cameras, and Sennheiser sound gear.

The catch? They only have the equipment for one week as they work to create a five-minute movie.


Campus MovieFest (CMF) is the world’s largest student film festival and is returning to UCF for the fifteenth annual world tour.

The official launch will be 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19, where students can receive the loaned equipment in the Student Union atrium, according to news releases. Along with the equipment, students will have access to royalty-free music, and any training or support they need, according to the release statement.

They will have one week for shooting and editing and then submit their work from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the guest services by the Pegasus Ballroom, according to CMF’s website.

On Feb. 18, students are welcome to view the top 16 films in the Pegasus Ballroom at 7 p.m., as the judges ‒ a panel of UCF students, staff, and faculty ­‒ choose the top four to be entered into the national competition, the release stated.

Prizes include a year’s membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, a cash grant and other prizes, along with more exposure opportunities, according to the release.

The released also stated that the entire 2015-2016 CMF tour includes over 35 campuses and will award over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

For more information about Campus MovieFest and to sign up, go to http://www.campusmoviefest.com/ucf.