It's Katy again, here to brag about the amazing talent we've got here in the Bay Area!

A team of USF students led by director Sarah Wilson recently won the best picture award at the 2009 International Campus MovieFest Grand Finale in Hollywood, Ca., over an estimated 75,000 entries from U.S. colleges and universities. What is particularly impressive to me, is that USF does not even have a film school, and yet this team of talented students beat out entries out of some of the most respected film programs across the nation.

The short film, Rhapsody, takes place in a town of color-coded emotions, indicted by the clothes people wear: "blues" like Charlie are always sad, "reds" are angry, "yellows" are happy, and so on. All colors exclusively socialize with their own kind, for an allegory of cultural relations. When Charlie meets "yellow" Sadie on the first day of high school, they experience and share new feelings and a secret love, eventually "coming out" during a climactic prom, inspiring classmates to feel more tolerant of each other.

After hearing of this spectacular win, I immediately watched Rhapsody, and was not at all disappointed. Lasting just under 7 minutes, the film was very well produced as well as engaging. It just goes to show that a simple idea and a lot of hard work can go a very long way.

To view this great film, click the above link for Campus MovieFest and select "click here for the winning movies".