Sundance Film Festival
The CMU Filmmaking Club (Film Club), founded in 1994, is an organization that provides students and friends of Carnegie Mellon University with the opportunity to learn and be inspired by the process of filmmaking. Members collectively participate in creating independent film and video media utilizing all aspects of technical and creative thinking. Film Club strives to be a campus-wide resource for student-run film productions including independent film projects and promotional videos for other organizations. The club provides its members with film and HD video recording equipment, lighting kits, and post-production facilities. Through weekly meetings and workshops, the club educates its members in filmmaking techniques that enable them to create their own work. Members are encouraged to view and discuss films critically, to pursue filmmaking endeavors outside of the club, to submit their work to filmmaking and screenwriting contests, and to assist on independent film shoots. The mission of the CMU Filmmaking Club is to produce and promote student filmmaking, both at Carnegie Mellon and in the greater community. Moreover, it is a place for members to have fun on weekly adventures, to make and watch movies, and to form friendships along the way.
CMU Film Club will be sending six members to the Sundance Film Festival for a once in a lifetime opportunity to network with Filmmakers, pursue internships within the film industry, and watch great films. Throughout the year, club members work on producing high quality short films, and Sundance serves as a career fair for the film industry and allows our members to pitch their work and land internships at major production companies. Members will be traveling as part of the Ignite Package for college students which gets us into special panels and events. In the past, our members have participated in events such as Speed-Dating with Festival Filmmakers and a Networking Lunch. These events were great for helping Film Club members land internships with Legendary Pictures and ABC studios.
Furthermore, Film Club members get a chance to watch phenomenal films as well as experimental films that highlight the various facets of filmmaking. Film Club members can interact with filmmakers at Q&A sessions and learn about what resources were used to achieve that film's vision. This allows our Film Club members to get practical advice on new filmmaking techniques to bring back to the Club and to their future film projects.
Our club was founded on the principles to serve as a hub for students who are interested in all things filmmaking. To that end, this trip functions as a way for our members to present their work and land internships within the film industry. Unfortunately, flights to Utah, lodging, and Sundance tickets aren't cheap. Your donation will cover some of the cost associated with getting our members to Sundance and it will also allow them to get more passes to Networking events where they can sell our work and pursue film internships.