CSU, Chico Students Win Awards for Animation at CSU Media Arts Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 12-16-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Rick Vertolli,
Computer Science and Instructional Media Center
530-898-5317

Two California State University, Chico students have been named winners at the 2009 Media Arts Festival (MAF) held November 7th at CSU, Fullerton for their animated films. A total of 171 entries from the CSU campus system were received and judged by a panel of industry experts who chose 30 finalists for award competition within nine categories: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Interactive, Music Video, Narrative, Television, Feature Screenplay, and Short Screenplay.

Cash awards were given for the First Place Rosebud Awards in each category and the Best in Show Rosebud Award. Cash awards also go to the CSU campus department of each winning entrant.

At an awards ceremony on Nov. 7, Jonathan Wondrusch, director, won a First Place Rosebud Award in the Animation category for his animated short, Piano Man. He received $500 as part of this award. Jessica Chin, director, received a second place recognition for her Animation entry, The Magic Trick.

The student team that created Piano Man with Wondrusch included Brandon Lester, Ayla Richards, Andy Long and Wes Newell.

The student team working with Chin included Gary Angeja, Pablo Berriga and Samantha Thompson. The faculty advisor to both winning groups was Frank Pereira, Department of Applied Computer Graphics.

The department will be awarded a $250 cash prize for the First Place Rosebud Award granted to Richards for Piano Man.

Instructionally Related Activities funding made it possible for CSU, Chico to send 20 students to the Media Arts Festival.

The CSU Media Arts Festival allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to be in professional competition. This gives students necessary skills for transition between producing films, video, and interactive media in college classes to related industries. Visit www.mediaartsfestival.org for a full listing of all winner and place awards for the festival, which operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts, www.csusummerarts.org.

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