Cinema student wins recognition at CSU Media Arts Festival

Monday, November 17, 2008

November 14, 2008 — The California State University Summer Arts program is pleased to announce that San Francisco State University student, Theodore Allen, won recognition at the 2008 Media Arts Festival (MAF) held November 7th and 8th at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo, CA. A total of 175 entries from the CSU 23 campus system were received and judged by a panel of industry experts who chose 35 finalists for award competition within nine categories: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Interactive, Music Video, Narrative, Television, Feature Screenplay, and Short Screenplay.

Students’ achievements were honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday, November 8. Cash awards were given for the First Place Rosebud Awards in each category and the Best in Show Rosebud Award. Cash awards also went to the CSU campus department of each winning entrant.

Theodore Allen, director, received a Third Place recognition for his Television film entry titled, Life is Fragile. Mr. Johnson entered the competition from Cinema Department at San Francisco State University.

2008 marked the 18th anniversary of the Media Arts Festival which allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to be in professional competition plus enjoy seminars by leading media professionals. Two of this year’s seminar leaders were Dreamworks animator, Steve Hickner, director of the Bee Movie, and casting director, April Webster (Alias, CSI, Lost). These opportunities give students opportunities for making a successful transition between producing films, video, and interactive media in college classes and working in the actual related industries.

Visit for a full listing of all winner and place awards for the festival which operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts,

Contact: Joanne Sharp, Festival Director,, 562-951-4065

Media Contact: 
Matt Itelson, 415-338-1442,, College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132
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