News Release| CSU Media Arts Festival 2010; Cal State L.A.


Cal State L.A. students named
finalists at Media Arts Festival


Winners to cash in, earn acclaim Nov. 6 during the finals at Cal State Fullerton

Fullerton, CA — Adding another impressive accolade to their eclectic portfolios, two Cal State L.A. (CSULA) students have been named finalists at the 2010 CSU Media Arts Festival (MAF) awards competition, which takes place Nov. 6 at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF). 

Both finalists are earning degrees in the College of Arts and Letters at CSULA.

Communications Studies major Travis Sheplin, a Norco resident, made the finals with his entry in the animation category called “Jukes and Pogo in: Treasure Island.

Phil Snyder, a Tujunga resident, is a finalist in the feature screenplay category for his piece, “Everymann.” Snyder is working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in the College’s TV, Film and Theatre program.

“When I found out I was a finalist, I didn’t know how to feel exactly because I didn’t know how many other finalists there were. For all I knew, I could have been one of 100,” said Sheplin. “However, once I found out I was one of four, I immediately became nervous. All things being equal, I've got a 75 percent chance of losing this thing. I want to win!”

The Media Arts Festival gives talented film, video and interactive media students from the 23-campus California State University system an opportunity to present their work for critical review and recognition.

Cash prizes during the award ceremony include $1,000 and a Rosebud Award to the winner of Best in Show, $500 and a Rosebud Award to the winner in each category, and $250 to the campus department of each winning category. Place awards are also given in each category.

To choose the finalists, a panel of distinguished CSU faculty and industry professionals reviewed 131 entries before selecting 29 outstanding pieces from 12 of the 15 CSU campuses that participated. The categories the students are competing in are: animation; documentary; experimental; interactive; music video; narrative; television; feature screenplay; and short screenplay.

A free public screening of all the finalists’ works and the awards ceremony will take place at the festival from 6 to 9 p.m. in CSUF’s Steven G. Mihaylo Hall. Audience members will vote for the “Audience Choice Award,” which will also be presented that evening. 

“Being a finalist, or actually winning this thing, would look great on a resume,” explained Sheplin. “With a commendation such as this, I think it will help get my foot in the door when job hunting at studios, because 80 percent of success is simply just showing up.”

More information on the CSU Media Arts Festival is available at

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