PBS SoCal Launches 53rd Annual California Student Media Festival For Grades K-12


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Entry Period for Submissions Opens March 4


Burbank, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2019 – PBS SoCal announced today the launch of the 53rdAnnual California Student Media Festival celebrating media and multimedia literacy among the Golden State’s kindergarten through 12thgrade students. Entering its 53rdseason, the annual festival is the oldest student media competition in the state and is FREE for teachers of media and multimedia education to enter. Winners will be announced later this spring. Prize packages include cash for the submitting schools and tools for classroom media creation. Teachers are encouraged to enter their students’ individual and group projects into the annual competition starting Mon., March 4, 2019 with entries due Fri., March 15, 2019. The entry form and application guidelines for the California Student Media Festivalare available at http://www.mediafestival.org/enter.html

“We are excited to showcase new generations creating value and shared meaning through innovative media projects,” said Jamie Annunzio Meyers, COO and Vice President, Education and Community Engagement. “The California Student Media Festival is one of our premiere educational programs at PBS SoCal that benefits the schools and the teachers in our community. We can’t wait to see what the students have prepared for us this year.”

Over the past two decades, the California Student Media Festivalhas awarded more than $145,000 to California schools and expanded its reach to accommodate the growing number of student contestants from elementary, middle and high schools across the Golden State. It has expanded to include the work of more than 6,000 student contestants from schools across the state.

For additional information and contest resources for the California Student Media Festival,including lesson plans, video production tutorials and storytelling tools, please visit The California Student Media Festivalwebsite. For the latest updates and announcements follow the California Student Media Festival on  Facebookand Twitter.

The 53rdAnnual California Student Media Festival is co-produced by PBS SoCal and the non-profit educational corporation CUE, with additional support from the California School Library Association (CSLA).


PBS SoCal delivers content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. We offer the full slate of beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Independent Lens, a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns; and educational PBS KIDS programs including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George. Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at pbssocal.org, on the PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services Android TV, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. PBS SoCal is a donor-supported community institution that is a part of Public Media Group of Southern California, the flagship PBS station for 19 million diverse people across California.


CUE, Inc. is a nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1978. CUE’s goal is to inspire innovative learners. With an active current membership of thousands of educational professionals, CUE supports many regional affiliates and Learning Networks. CUE Conferences and Professional Learning events are California’s premier educational technology opportunities. CUE is the largest organization of its type in the west and one of the largest in the United States. Visit www.cue.org for more information.