Eight Cal State Northridge students took the top prize at this year’s CSU Media Arts Festival (MAF) held at California State University, Fullerton earlier this month.
The festival allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to take part in a professional competition, giving them the necessary skills to transition from producing films, videos, and interactive media in college classes to working in the entertainment industry.
A $500 cash award was given for the Rosebud Awards, which include first place winners in each category, plus Best in Show and Audience Choice.
“CSUN”s recent Rosebud Award wins at the CSU Media Arts Festival further exemplifies that Northridge is a prime campus for the study of film, television, and multimedia in the California State University system and we are definitely crawling up the backs of the ‘big 5′ film schools,” said Nate Thomas, professor of CSUN’s Cinema and Television Arts Department.
The eight CSUN students who received awards for their films and screenwriting entries were Brian Parada and Shaughnessy Dixson, who won the first place Rosebud Award for the narrative film, “En Tiempo de Guerra;” Jamie Yukich’s “Sheeps and Wolves,” earned him the first place Rosebud Award in the Short Screenplay category and second place in the Narrative category; Gina Ruoti won second place recognition for her short screenplay entry, “Tree of Knowledge;” Diego Zuniga took third place for his documentary, “Infragilis;” Doron Kipper received third place for his narrative, “Misdirection;” Kathea Mathison won third place for short screenplay with “Killjoy;” and Sola Shin received fourth place for the documentary, “Harabeoji (Grandpa).”
A $250 cash award was given for each of the two Rosebud Awards received by the students.
For full listings of all winners and place awards plus videos of the Rosebud Award winning films, visit www.mediaartsfestival.org.
MAF operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts. For information, visit www.csusummerarts.org.