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.
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 CSU Media Arts Festival Award are bestowed on award-winning works.
In 2022, the CSU Media Arts Festival had a wonderful opportunity to host an interview with recent Academy Award-winning documentarian Ben Proudfoot, director of The Queen of Basketball. View the interview on our YouTube channel: BEN PROUDFOOT INTERVIEW
Who is eligible to submit a project to the Media Arts Festival competition?Current or recent former students of any California State University campus or department whose projects meet all other submission requirements as outlined on the SUBMIT page. Non-CSU students are not eligible to submit, nor can projects be submitted by faculty or others on behalf of otherwise eligible CSU students.
My project may contain copyright-protected material. Is it eligible for this competition?The Media Arts Festival does not accept projects that contain copyright-protected material unless the entrant has submitted all appropriate permission documents from the copyright owner. If you are unsure whether or not the content is copyright-protected, either don't include the content or do secure the permissions prior to submission.
I've used copyright-protected material in my academic assignments and have just provided credit. Isn't that good enough?The MAF cannot accept projects for the competition that are not properly credited and permitted.
When will I learn the status of my submitted project?Projects are submitted by May and are reviewed over the summer months. Students will be notified of their status by September. The presentation is in October. Entrants will receive reviewer comments in November.
Are there any suggestions for submitters? What kind of feedback have you gotten from judges about project?