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The CSU prepares students to serve the artistic, business, social, and cultural needs of entertainment industries. The Entertainment Industry Initiative sets—and strives to achieve—curricular and technological goals driven by evolving industry standards. The Initiative benefits thousands of media students by offering top-notch programs and faculty, state-of-the-art equipment, and internships with renowned companies. The Initiative has four major components:

  • Visiting Fellows Program - Industry professionals lead workshops and seminars, offering students the opportunity to learn firsthand from prominent leaders in entertainment.
  • Equipment Acquisition - The CSU leverages the buying power of the 22 campus entertainment programs to equip students and faculty with the most current hardware and software that the industry requires.
  • Internship Program - Students can take advantage of meaningful year-round internships that provide the relevant and practical training needed for entertainment industry careers. More than 400 students have taken advantage of these internships each year, with housing assistance provided to those outside of the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
  • Advisory Board - The CSU has partnered with highly knowledgeable and talented entertainment leaders who enhance the CSU's media education programs by providing insight into industry trends and needs related to career preparation.
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CSU Humboldt held the 47th annual film festival this past weekend.

The Humboldt Film Festival has been bringing independent and alternative short films to Humboldt County for 46 years. As the world’s oldest student-run film festival, the HFF creates a unique venue for traditional films and alternative digital media that enjoys an international reputation for supporting and celebrating independent filmmakers working in traditional, experimental, and non-traditional modes. Founded in 1967 by a group of film- loving Humboldt State University students, the Humboldt Film Festival continues to expand over the years, now featuring several days of public screenings, workshops, and presentations by guest filmmakers. The festival promotes the art of film, not only as a means of entertainment, but also as a vehicle for self-expression, and a stimulus for dialogue about social, political, and cultural issues.

As part of the Entertainment Industry Initiative’s Visiting Fellows Program, CSU Humboldt was able to bring experienced film makers to serve as judges and interact with students in workshops.

Judges included:

Joel Moffett: Moffett was raised on the island of Maui where he graduated high school from Seabury Hall. He holds an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Humboldt State University. He has received grants from the NEA, the AFI, the Tides Foundation, the Lane Family Foundation and the Colin Higgins Foundation. Recognition for his film work includes a Student Academy Award, a Student Emmy Award, the Amy Bloch Directing Award and AFI’s highest honor, the Schaffner Award. Collectively, his films have screened in over seventy international film festivals including Cannes and Berlin. His film My Body received the award for Best Short at fourteen film festivals including the Los Angeles International Film Festival, The Uppsala International Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, the Aspen Short Fest, Cinequest and Clermont Ferrand. Joel has directed numerous award-winning plays including Havel’s The Memorandum, Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, and Euripides’ Alcestis. His original play The Middle of Nowhere toured the homeless shelters and soup kitchens of the continental United States. While in Los Angeles, Joel taught screenwriting and Directing at the American Film Institute for nine years.
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SFSU Film student launches carrer with Cannes screening

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After learning the art of filmmaking as a child in the front yard of his family’s Los Altos home, Zachary Ready, now 23, envisions a career as successful as the one started in a neighborhood garage by another local-boy-made-good, Steve Jobs.

Two of Ready’s screenplays turned into films are scheduled for screening at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival in May, which could prove a pivotal point in the young auteur’s career.

After “Being a Man,” a five-minute short Ready co-directed with Andrew Cathey, swept the Best Director, Best Drama and Best Actor categories at Campus MovieFest – the world’s largest student film and music festival – the MovieFest committee selected the production as one of 30 films for screening at Cannes. Campus MovieFest is also slated to screen “Being a Man” later this year at the Annual Film Summit in Hollywood.

A second film, “The Spot,” also received accolades from Campus MovieFest, winning Best Comedy and scoring an invite to the French festival. Ready’s two screenplays will be included in Cannes’ Short Film Corner, a component of the festival created in 2011 to showcase the work of young talent and provide opportunities for networking and professional development.

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CSU Long Beach Alum awarded MTV Award

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CSULB Graphics Design Alumni Jonathan Wu was awarded a 2013 MTV Video Award for Best Visual Effects for the song “Safe and Sound” by the band Capital Cities, along with Grady Hall and Derek Johnson.

The video also went on to garner a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Music Video!

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