Campus Moviefest

Calling Filmmakers for Hope - Win $10,000!

Background, Judging Criteria, Winners, Badges

The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Campus Moviefest (CMF), invites students to become storytellers for hope, by participating in the annual Campus Moviefest Elfenworks In Harmony with Hope Filmmakersm Award competition.

It’s an opportunity to win up to $10,000, make a difference with your art, and have fun, all at once.

Filmmakers at participating CMF schools can sign up for free online and get all the gear needed to tell your story in a week. Or, students who currently attend any US college or university may submit their short movies online. Winners are selected by CMF in consultation with the Elfenworks Foundation, based on criteria including hope, salience, skill, and impact. Winners are announced each June at the CMF Terminus event in Atlanta. Celebrity presenters have included Gabouray Sidibe (2011), Nate Parker (2012), Larry Wilmore (2013), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (2014), Elijah Kelley (2015), and Thomas E. Ackerman (2017).

2020 Winning Films

2020 Honorable Mentions

Winning Films Are...


Our winners choose topics that are deeply important in today's landscape.


Winners demonstrate skillful technique in all aspects of filmmaking.


Winners point the way to hope in a memorable and stirring way.

Winning films make a strong impression. They have a chance at changing hearts and minds on the very issue they address. They bring out something better in us. They show us the hope, whether by pointing out a path forward or by giving us a glimmer of inspiration. Winning films are also non-partisan, non-political, and do not proselytize in a religious sense. Winning films have a good chance of standing the test of time. Yes, that's a lot to consider... but our winning filmmakers always rise to the challenge.

Filmmaker Tips

A Note to Student Filmmakers

Every year, the number of entries into our category grows. We want to THANK YOU for being a filmmaker for hope, lending your artistic eye and your voice and showing us the way forward on issues you care deeply about. We want you to have the best chance of winning, so please invest a few minutes watching our ‘filmmaker tips’ video, and to peruse some of the winning films from previous years.

General Questions (3)

If you have any questions, blah blah contact us blah blah, check CMF site.

Why do you keep asking for more? Don’t you have enough submissions after all these years?
There can never be too many. Imagine the power of hundreds or thousands of such films - lots of ripples, bringing on a great wave of change.
What topic is best for a submission?
Am I limited to a documentary format?

Categories of Honorable Mention:

Winners and runners-up are all salient, excellent and compelling. In addition, they may feature one or more of these aspects:

Call to Action
A strong social and/or climate message, perhaps opening eyes in some important way.
Artistic / Other
Films may earn a special mention for creativity, artistry, plot twist, or some other noteworthy attribute.