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 is to help CSU students bridge the gap between student and working professional through competition and education.
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 selected work.
The deadline for submissions was May 23, 2022. We are no longer accepting submissions.
2022 CSU Media Arts Festival Submissions were accepted via the CSU Summer Arts SlideRoom Account. We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2022 competition. Following were the steps to submit projects to the competition:
1. Submitters will need to create a SlideRoom account. There is a limit of one submission per student. 2. Click through the submission form to provide the information requested. Submitters can save information and return to it before the deadline. 3. Submitters will be asked to upload the project media content with the application. Media files are limited to the following sizes: 10MB for images, 20MB for PDF, 500MB for videos. 4. Submitters will receive email confirmation once the project is submitted.5. The submitter completing the application form will be the main person contacted regarding the project. 6. Click the following button to begin the submission process:
Animation: long or short form animation of any style
Documentary/Creative Non-Fiction and Television News: any work of non-fiction, some scripted or re-enactments of events are permitted if they do not make up a substantial part of the work. News packages featuring a reporter, newscasts featuring one or more anchors, news magazines, public affairs programs, etc. should also apply in this category.
Interactive and Immersive Media: works that employ immersive storytelling or innovative technological methods such as video games, websites, XR, VR, AR, MR, etc.
Narrative: Any work that is narrative or non-scripted work of ficton including linear story, drama, comedy, dramedy, stand-alone stories, or series intended for television. This category now includes experimental narrative.
Short Screenplay: written work intended for the screen, up to 30 pages, not including a cover page.
For more information, email
Shannon Pringle, call (562) 951-4068, or visit the
Media Arts Festival FAQ page.