Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 4, 2011 – Two CSU Channel Islands (CI) Art students have been announced as finalists in the Interactive Media, Experimental Video and Video Game categories this year in the 2011 CSU Media Arts Festival awards competition. 

The 2011 CSU Media Arts Festival, which will be held on Nov. 12, 2011 at Cal State Fullerton, gives talented students studying film, video, and interactive media within the 23 campus California State University system, an opportunity to present their work for critical review and recognition. 

Nominated in the Video Game category is recent CI art graduate Shannon Scobey from Thousand Oaks for her collaborative work with fellow nominee Ryan Hunnewell on the video game: Storybook Adventure ( Nominated in three categories is Ryan Hunnewell, a senior Art major from Simi Valley ( Hunnewell is a finalist in 1) the Interactive Media category for his interactive website “Cortex Clothing”, in 2) the Experimental Video category for his video “Excuses” ( and 3) the Video Game category for “Storybook Adventure” with Shannon Scobey.

Distinguished CSU professors and entertainment industry professionals choose the student finalists and winners in the film, video, and interactive media competition, and all finalist works are screened at the Festival. Winning students will receive cash prizes as well as the Rosebud Award for the top entry in each of the categories. 

"I'm so glad we were nominated and I'm looking forward to the MAF screening,” said finalist Shannon Scobey. Finalist Ryan Hunnewell added, “I am very excited to be selected as a finalist this year. It is always great to see the work that other students are doing, and I look forward to the connections and potential collaborations that might happen at this years' festival.”

“Year after year we have had finalists in the competition and that says a great deal about the caliber of work our students are creating and about our University’s commitment to student success at CI and beyond,” says Associate Professor of Art, Liz King, who teaches interactive multimedia and Web design at CI. 

Since its founding in 2002, CSU Channel Islands has had 31 finalists and won first prize honors nine times.

This year’s Media Arts Festival will feature a mixer for CSU students, faculty members, and industry guests, and a keynote presentation. The finalist screening and award ceremony are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. The Festival will take place at CSU Fullerton in the Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.

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