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UPDATE: February 2021

Following is information for the 31st Annual CSU Media Arts Festival competition, and is not necessarily applicable for future competitions:

The CSU Media Arts Festival will soon accept submissions for the 31st annual competition!

You will find detailed information below, however, here is the summary:

Deadline: Monday, May 24, 2021
Categories: Animation, Documentary/Creative Non-Fiction, Experimental, Interactive Media, Narrative, Promotional, Short Screenplay, Television News, Undefined.
Entry Fee: Entry Fees for the 2021 cycle are waived
Films must have been completed between May 1, 2019 and May 24, 2021.

IMPORTANT – While creating your masterpieces, make sure to follow all social distancing and safety guidelines.

Read the information below, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page and click on the link to the right to enter your amazing projects!        ⇒

 



CATEGORIES FOR SUBMISSION:

ANIMATION: traditional, 2D, 3D, stop-motion, flip book, flash, etc.
DOCUMENTARY/ CREATIVE NON-FICTION:
non-fictional presentation of social and/or historical event, person, object, etc. Short-form and Long-form. 
EXPERIMENTAL:
abstract, avant-garde, non-narrative, non-linear form.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA:
video games, websites, VR, AR, UX (Include information about the appropriate software platforms and processor requirements, as well as detail instructions for use/playing. Must be universally accessible and compatible (Mac and PC))
NARRATIVE:
linear story, drama, comedy, dramedy, stand-alone stories, series intended for television. 
PROMOTIONAL:
ads, commercials, motion design/motion graphics intros and outros. music videos, promos, public service announcements, etc.
SHORT SCREENPLAY:
written work up to 25 pages, not including a cover page. Submissions longer than 25 pages WILL NOT be accepted. Must be formatted to industry standard.
TELEVISION NEWS: news packages featuring a reporter, newscasts featuring one or more anchors, news magazines, public affairs programs, etc.
UNDEFINED: none of the other categories seem to fit, however this is not a catch-all category if your projects fits in multiple categories. If your project works for multiple categories, choose the predominant where you think the project is strongest.

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Entrants must be current or recent former students of the California State University enrolled between Spring 2019 and Spring 2021.
  • Entries may be submitted by the student director, producer, writer, and/or creator. Students who perform other roles on the project may be credited as contributors, however, only the student director, producer, writer, and/or creator may enter the project and be eligible for prizes.
  • Entries must have been produced and completed while the entrant was enrolled at a CSU campus between May 1, 2019 and May 24, 2021. Entries accepted from recent graduates and students no longer enrolled, as long as the project was completed while the student was enrolled.
  • The CSU Media Arts Festival is unable to accept submissions in any category that use or feature copyright-protected materials (music, images, intellectual property, etc).
  • Projects previously submitted to the CSU Media Arts Festival are ineligible for re-entry, unless not accepted for too few category entries in the previous submission cycle. Projects previously submitted to any other festivals are eligible.
  • Projects submitted to the 30th Annual MAF in 2020 as 30-second films or 3-page screenplays are not eligible to be resubmitted in this or future MAF competitions, however, if the 2020 submitted piece was a shortened version of a longer project, that longer project IS eligible for submission in 2021.
  • Entries that do not meet submission requirements will be disqualified. Entrant(s) will be notified of disqualification, however, the submission materials will not be returned.


COPYRIGHT-PROTECTED MATERIALS:

  • The CSU Media Arts Festival is unable to accept submissions in any category that use or feature copyright-protected materials (music, images, intellectual property, etc).
  • This restriction includes use of copyright-protected music for music videos, background music in a scene, use of a film or television scene, etc.
  • There is a field on the entry form to identify source material and permissions for protected content in student projects.
  • Entrants who have specific questions about the use of copyright-protected materials are encouraged to contact Shannon Pringle, Director, at springle@calstate.edu


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
    Monday, May 24, 2021
  2. Each project/piece must have a complete and separate signed ENTRY FORM. There is no limit to the number of entries per entrant. Because you are uploading your project to a Google Form, the system requires you to have a Google account.
  3. For projects/pieces with more than one contributor, you may add up to four additional contributors and their contact information.
  4. Entrants may submit multiple projects however, each project must have a separate entry form and upload.
  5. Submit the final and finished version of the project as the version screened by the judges will be the version screened at the festival if work is selected as a finalist. Updated, edited, or “completed” versions will not be accepted after the deadline.
  6. All entries/media become property of the CSU Media Arts Festival and will not be returned. 

JUDGING, AWARDS, AND PRESENTATION INFORMATION:

  • All entries meeting the submission requirements will be viewed or read by a faculty selection committee to determine the finalists. The CSU Media Arts Festival reserves the right to withhold finalist status and/or award in any category that does not meet a minimum number of qualified entries or for poor scores.
  • Finalists will be notified by email by September 2021 for the 2021 season. Please provide a current, valid, and regularly-checked email address.
  • Finalist projects will be viewed or read by a jury of media industry professionals to select the winners, and the winner of Best in Show. The Audience Choice Award winner is selected at the festival by the audience of the finalist screening.
  • A public screening of the finalists and the awards ceremony will be held in Fall 2021 for the 2021 season. Due to copyright rules, finalist screenplays will not be read or distributed publicly.
  • At this time we are planning for an online screening and awards ceremony.
  • Awards will be presented during the festival. Finalists not in attendance will be notified of the status of their projects by email following the festival.
  • All awards are presented to the student writer(s), director(s), producer(s), or creator(s) listed on the entry form(s). If more than one writer, director, producer, or creator has submitted jointly, the cash award will be split evenly between the entrants and each entrant will receive a Media Arts Festival Award.
  • Prizes for the 2021 CSU Media Arts Festival:
    • The winning project in each category will receive a monetary prize to be split evenly between each qualified entrant of that project. Each qualified winner will receive a trophy or certificate.
    • The Best in Show winner is chosen from the pool of category winners. The monetary prize for Best in Show will be split evenly between each qualified entrant of that project. Each qualified winner will receive a trophy or certificate.
    • The Audience Choice winner is chosen by the audience at the Festival from all screened finalists. The winning project will receive a monetary prize to be split evenly between each qualified entrant of that project. Each qualified winner will receive a trophy or certificate.
  • Note – If two or more student creators, directors, producers, and/or writers jointly submit the project, all names and signatures must be included on the entry form(s). Names not included on the entry form cannot be added at a later time, nor are those non-identified students eligible for trophies, certificates, or prize money.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
EMAIL: springle@calstate.edu
CALL: 562-951-4068
VISIT: www.MediaArtsFestival.org

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY Monday, May 24, 2021

And remember to follow all social distancing and safety guidelines. Safety first!

Check the MAF Frequently Asked Questions page on the MAF website for helpful tips for entrants: MAF FAQs

  • Competition Entry Form