PBS SoCal To Recognize Local Student Producers, Their Schools and Teachers At the 51st Annual California Student Media Festival

Academy Awards-like Event will Name Four Grand Prize Winners

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2017 – PBS SoCal will present awards to top local student producers, their teachers and schools at the California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest student media festival, Saturday, June 3 at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The festival celebrates the innovative and exceptional multimedia projects produced by students from throughout California. More than 245 projects were entered into the festival.

The Academy Awards-like ceremony is open to the public and will honor all the students and teachers who participated in the program. The audience will view winning entries and acceptance speeches. During the ceremony four Grand Prize winning projects will be announced and awarded with a cash prize for the students’ schools. Over the past 20 years, the California Student Media Festival has awarded more than $145,000 to California schools.

Entries were submitted in the categories of: Bilingual/Foreign Language, History/Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Fine and Performing Arts, Career and Technical Education, Science and Health, Journalism and more. The types of projects accepted by the festival included: Live Action, A “Sequential Stills” movie, Animation, Interactive Stills, Website, and Interactive Multimedia Projects.

On Saturday, June 3, Elementary School students will be honored from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. and Secondary School students from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. A total of 55 awards, plus the four Grand Prizes, will be presented during the ceremony.

The California Student Media Festival is made possible thanks to a partnership between PBS SoCal and CUE. For a complete list of winners and videos, please visit mediafestival.org.

About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. We deliver the full schedule of PBS programs plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. Our content is available free through four broadcast channels, at pbssocal.org on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. And we provide the community with early education resources and cultural and educational experiences through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Connect with us at pbssocal.org Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About CUE

CUE is an educational non-profit organization representing over 10,000 teachers and school administrators established in 1978. Educational technology professional development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing professional development in the effective use of technology to educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers. CUE recognizes that California schools serve students of increasingly diverse needs and backgrounds who must be ready to succeed in a rapidly advancing technological society. CUE believes that technology is a critical instructional resource required for all K20 teachers, administrators, and students. www.cue.org

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