Hope for Climate & Social Justice
Development Program

For those of you who are aware of our partnership with Campus Movie Fest (CMF), you probably know of the impact it can have on young filmmakers. You may also remember we're one of CMF's longest standing partners, and we're back with a potential career-launcher. We're  providing an original content pitch opportunity, plus the budget and crew to bring one student's short film concept to life!

The winning storyteller will receive $2,000 in prizing, Associate Producer credit, and the chance to join professional development and production teams as they create a high-impact, festival-bound film. The final short may be submitted to Sundance, SXSW, and/or Cannes.

So, know a college student that's got big screen dreams? Pay it forward and pass this link along - we'd love to see their pitch!

Point the Way to Hope

Dream up a film. Pitch your idea. Watch it come to life with a professional crew.

Submissions open November 1 - December 15, 2021.


The Elfenworks Foundation has revamped the longstanding Campus MovieFest Category for the 2021-2022 academic year! We have the money, and the cameras, we're just missing your story! Submit your pitch and, if it's the winner, a professional film crew will help bring your vision to life!

Winners will receive $2,000 and "Creator" credit, plus the opportunity to develop their skills with professionals and see their vision come to life.

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Winning pitches are...


Your concept points the way toward hope in a memorable and stirring way.


The chosen topic is deeply important to today's landscape and culture.


The film you're dreaming of is non-partisan, non-political, and will stand the test of time.


Think practical. The proposed film is not reliant on big budgets, famous faces, or complex logistics.

Winning pitches spark hope, inspire action for the better, and shed light on issues that are critical to the present and future. They should focus on changing hearts and minds while sparking involvement for a better future. The story pitched should also be evergreen; not only will it move people now, it will move people for years to come.

How it Used to Work

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

Students from across the country created films for hope and winners were selected by CMF in consultation with the Elfenworks Foundation. Winners were announced each June at the CMF Terminus event in Atlanta, Georgia. Celebrity presenters included Gabouray Sidibe (2011), Nate Parker (2012), Larry Wilmore (2013), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (2014), Elijah Kelley (2015), Thomas E. Ackerman (2017), and Jeff Goldblum (2021).

2021 Winning Films

From 2010 through 2021, students submitted completed films. Look at their wonderful creations:

2021 Honorable Mentions

Playlist of Previous Winners

Just press play to start a playlist of all previous winners, starting with the most recent.

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