A short film cre­ated by five North­eastern Uni­ver­sity under­grad­u­ates has been named a national finalist for the 11th annual Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest stu­dent film festival.

As a result of its suc­cess, the film will be screened on all Virgin America domestic flights until the end of July.

The North­eastern film­makers — com­prising Mateo Caldas, Alex Sandberg-​​Bernard, Eric Wahlberg, Chris­tian Williams and Andrew Zenn — attended the CMF Hol­ly­wood Awards on June 23 at the Globe The­atre in Los Angeles.

A secret panel of industry insiders judged sev­eral hun­dred shorts cre­ated in one week by film­makers from more than 100 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, picking two dozen final­ists and three win­ners, for best overall film, drama and comedy.

Lily,” the short cre­ated by North­eastern stu­dent film­makers, tells the story of one mother’s dis­torted view of reality, invoking com­par­isons to “Memento,” “Incep­tion,” and “The Sixth Sense.”

We wanted to make a film that guided the audi­ence into believing some­thing that wasn’t actu­ally true,” said Zenn, who directed and co-​​wrote the five-​​minute short with Wahlberg. “We thought it was a great way to hook the audience.”

Zenn sent out a casting call through NewEng​land​Film​.com, which proved to be a valu­able and cost-​​effective resource of aspiring actors.

He said his foray into film began five years ago, when he entered an online con­test to write a com­mer­cial for Tide, the laundry deter­gent. His com­mer­cial, which fea­tures a talking stain, aired on national TV and can be found on YouTube. A Doritos com­mer­cial he cre­ated for the Crash the Super Bowl 2011 con­test has racked up more than 271,000 hits on the pop­ular video-​​sharing site.

I think film is what people will ulti­mately know me for,” Zenn said.

The senior busi­ness major with a con­cen­tra­tion in mar­keting is cur­rently on co-​​op with Abom­inable Pic­tures, a Los Angeles-​​based pro­duc­tion com­pany known for its comedy pro­grams on the Adult Swim cable tele­vi­sion network.

His North­eastern edu­ca­tion would serve him well, he said, whether he decides to launch a start-​​up or dive into the film industry. “Having a mar­keting back­ground would help me whether I go into busi­ness or write screen­plays,” Zenn explained. “Knowing your target audi­ence and being able to write a mar­keting cam­paign video are impor­tant skills to have.”