Film School Finals

The world’s largest student film festival, Campus MovieFest, is coming to Las Vegas on June 10-13 for its grand finale, packing more than 250 movies into three days of screenings, workshops, networking and events at Wynn.

The event features a handful of Hollywood insiders, including Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, The Informant), cinematographer Thomas Ackerman (Anchorman, Beetle Juice, Jumanji), director Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand), Oscar-winning writer and producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and vice president of Shoreline Entertainment, Sam Eigen. Final films, all of which are five minutes long, were selected from 50 schools across the country.

Best comedy, best drama and best picture nominees will be screened on June 11 and 12 (9 a.m.-6 p.m., Margaux ballrooms 1 and 2, $25), with winners announced on June 12 at the Grand Finale Awards (doors at 7 p.m., awards at 8 p.m., $75). Half-price tickets for all events are available online, at

On an oddly related note, the College Battle of the Bands national grand finale is being held in conjunction with the film fest.

“Our national search for the next great college artists has turned up some superb talent,” Battle of the Bands director Michael Seminer says. “The participating artists sound fantastic and we’re expecting a great show.”

The finalists—Apple Trees & Tangerines (Lee University), The Oregon Donor (Skagit Valley College), Jake Snider (Columbia University) and Beyond This Point (Five Towns College)—rock out at Tryst on June 11 (6-9 p.m., $25).

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