California State University Media Arts Festival Connects Students with Television, Film and Animation Industry Leaders

Seminars, Workshops, Public Screenings, and an Awards Ceremony Highlight the 18th Annual CSU Media Arts Festival


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Erik Fallis, 562-951-4064

Joanne Sharp, 562-951-4060

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Media Industry Participants:

Steve Hickner
Director: Bee Movie

April Webster
Casting Director: Alias, CSI, Lost, The Patriot

Gregg Daniel
The Actor’s Studio

Mary Lou Belli
Author, Emmy Award-Winning Television Director

Marilyn Loncar
Production Manager: 7th Heaven, The Cosby Show

Thomas Mignone
Award-Winning Director/ Writer of Features, Commercials and Music Videos

WHAT:  California State University (CSU) students in film, video, and interactive media are encouraged to participate in the CSU Media Arts Festival (MAF) which creates a unique learning environment with industry professionals through seminars, critical review of their work, public screenings, and professional networking.  MAF operates out of the CSU Chancellor’s Office and is under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts.

Cash awards are given for “Best of Show”, winners in each of the nine categories, and to the CSU campus department of each winning entrant.  The categories for entry are:  Narrative, Animation, Music Video, Experimental, Documentary, Television, Interactive Media, Short Screenplay, and Feature Screenplay.


CSU Channel Islands
One Universtiy Drive,
Camarillo, California 93012


November 7 & 8, 2008
Friday, Nov. 7, Seminars 2:00-4:00 p.m., Film Screening 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8, Seminars from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Award Ceremony 7:00-9:00 p.m.

WHO: Featured media professionals participating in this year’s MAF are: 

  • Dreamworks Animation with Steve Hickner (director, Bee Movie)
  • Casting with April Webster (Alias, CSI, Lost, The Patriot)
  • Acting & Directing with Gregg Daniel from The Actor’s Studio
  • Working with Actors with Mary Lou Belli (Girlfriends, One on One)
  • Jobs in Television Production with Marilyn Loncar (7th Heaven, The Cosby Show)
  • Music Video Directing with Thomas Mignone (Slipknot, Sepultura, On the Doll)  


Friday and Saturday public screenings are free to the public.
Registration and additional information is available at www.mediaartsfestival.org


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