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Media Arts Festival

CSU Summer Arts established the Media Arts Festival in 1991 to give talented students studying film, broadcasting, video, screenwriting, and new media within the 23-campus California State University system an opportunity to present their work for critical review. The mission of the MAF includes helping students of the CSU bridge the gap between student and working professional and to become better prepared to work in the entertainment and media industries.

A panel of distinguished faculty and industry leaders selects each year’s finalists and winners, and all finalist selections are screened at the festival. Cash prizes and the prestigious CSU Media Arts Festival Award are bestowed on award-winning works.​


Congratulations to the winners of the 31st annual CSU Media Arts Festival!

CSU Media Arts Festival Awards were announced on Friday, October 29, 2021.

This year marked a return to competition for multiple categories. Each winning project received a certificate and a trophy, as well as a $500 prize to be split evenly for each member of the team. The winner of Best in Show was chosen from the finalist projects and receives an additional certificate, an additional shared $500, and a CSU Media Arts Festival trophy for each member of the team.


“The Golden Gate”

Pietro Pinto
San Francisco State
Category: Narrative/Best in Show
Running Time: 15:35​

“Felt Love”

Arlene Bongco, Celine Nguyen, Angeline Vu
San José State
Category: Animation
Running Time: 6:50

“Target​ Panic”

Madeleine Braun
Cal State Long Beach
Category: Documentary/Creative Non-Fiction
Running Time: 12:17

“Gireogi Appa”

So Youn Jeon
Cal State Long Beach
Category: Experimental
Running Time: 3:38

“Fallin​g (in Love)”

Cathy Bui
Cal State Long Beach
Category: Promotional
Running Time: 1:23


Rosanne Liezl Lim Bitas
Category: Short Screenplay
Running Time: 00:44 / 14 pages

“¡Lo Que Está Trending! (What’s Tren​ding!)”

Kimberly Cruz, Edwin Flores​
Cal State Fullerton
Category: Television News
Running Time: 3:50

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