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CSU Media Arts Festival Builds Competition Excitement

(October 16, 2008) -- The CSU Media Arts Festival (MAF) continues its tradition of finding and rewarding excellence among talented CSU students in film, video, and interactive media.  November 7-8, 2008, marks the 18th year of MAF bringing students and industry professionals together for lectures, workshops, discourse, screenings, and an awards ceremony.  CSU Channel Islands in Cabrillo, California, will again host this popular festival.

Headquartered in the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the Media Arts Festival was established in 1991 by CSU Summer Arts to augment the study of film, video and new media within the 23-campus California State University system.  Allowing for critical review, public screening, and professional networking, MAF assists students in understanding what it takes to move from classroom endeavors to working professionally.

The festival offers seminars and events that better prepare CSU students for work in the entertainment and media industries.  Some of the seminars and 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).   

Festival Director, Joanne Sharp, states that MAF always generates high excitement among the participating students and provides for industry connections that can play a role in launching their careers.  She says the high caliber of student work is apparent during the public screenings on Friday and Saturday and encourages people to take advantage of these free events.

Cash awards are given for “Best of Show”, winners in each of the nine categories, and to the campus department of each winning entrant.

For further information visit www.mediaartsfestival.org or call 562-951-4060. 

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