Student Media Festival Invites Entries


Here is the link to ENTER:  It's a two-step process, so make sure to get entry info in by Tuesday, Apr. 30 to allow time to get back submission link.

The 8th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival brings together hundreds of students, families, faculty, the community, and professional mediamakers in a powerful celebration of media, learning, fun, and new ideas.  The date is Friday, May 10 in ARTS 111.  Reception and refreshments at 6 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Free light-dinner snacks before and dessert later.  Come and support and check out films from across campus.

The CSUSM Student Media Festival has become one of the most anticipated evenings at CSUSM. The event is a celebration of the creative work in film and video of all students  in the university with their colleagues, friends, families and communities joining in this competitive, juried student festival that takes place at the end of the spring semester. Hosted by students, the evening presents. celebrates, publicizes, shares and archives the innovative media projects being produced by the many disciplines at Cal State San Marcos.  Last year's festival hosted over 120 students, faculty, staff, friends, family and professional videomakers, who came together to celebrate diverse projects with subjects ranging from the life of an injured marine to a college student's coming of age to the story of a family divided by the U.S. Mexico border.

Students have been lauded and have landed paid work as a result of their exposure at the festival and gone onto careers in creating media in a variety of sectors including not-for-profit organizations, educational usage,  commercial work, and more.  Awards and prizes have included:  Best Narrative Work, presented by Film Studies; Best Documentary Project, presented by VPA; Best Social Justice Project, presented by the Communication Department; Dean's Award, presented by the CHABBS Dean's Office; Best Personal Memoir, presented by Literature and Writing (tbc); Best Experimental/ Performance Work, presented by IITS; Best Humanities Work, presented by the History Department (tbc); and the coveted Audience Award, voted upon by You the People.

Prizes have included cash awards, as well as software, hardware, and gift certificates from Apple Computer, Fryes and Edwards Theaters.  These prizes let students know that their faculty and peers value their voices and encourages them to continue to make media whether in the industry, art world, their chosen professions or in their communities.

All CSUSM student work, from every department, can be submitted for jury review and the potential for Official Selection and awards.  Work can include projects made at CSUSM over the last two (11-12 and 12-13) academic years.  The jury consists of distinguished students, alumni, teachers, community leaders, and members of the media. 

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