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Media Arts Festival Features 39 CSU Student Projects

Media Arts Festival Features 39 CSU Student Projects

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(November 7, 2011) - Drawing from the excellent work of students throughout the California State University system, the 2011 CSU Media Arts Festival awards competition will screen 39 finalist projects. A total of $9,000 will be awarded to 12 of the finalists.

The university community and public are welcomed to attend the free screening and award ceremony, held on Saturday, November 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at CSU Fullerton's Steven G. Mihaylo Hall. In addition to professionally judged awards, attendees will vote for the “Audience Choice Award.”

"The students tap into the most cutting-edge and exciting elements of media arts," said Joanne Sharp, Media Arts Festival Director. "The competition sharpens student skills and gives them a chance to prove themselves in front of industry professionals and their peers."

A panel of distinguished CSU faculty and industry professionals reviewed 162 entries before selecting the 39 finalists. The finalists represent ten CSU campuses: Channel Islands, Fullerton, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Diego, San Francisco, San José and San Marcos. Entry categories include: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Interactive, Music Video, Narrative, Television, Video Games, Feature Screenplay, and Short Screenplay.

Cash prizes during the award ceremony include: $1,000 and Rosebud Award to winner of best in show; $500 and Rosebud Award to winner in each category; $250 to the campus department of each winning category. Place Awards are also given in each category.

More information on the CSU Media Arts Festival is available at


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