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CSU Fullerton Students Win Awards at CSU Media Arts Festival

The California State University Summer Arts program is pleased to announce that five CSU Fullerton students have been named winners 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.

Cash awards are 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 Saturday, November 8, these CSU Fullerton students received recognition for their films in the following categories:


  • Jason Haniuk of Riverside directed his award winning Animation film, Nutty the Neurotic Ninja Squirrel, winning a coveted First Place Rosebud Award.  Mr. Haniuk received a $500 cash prize for his entry.
  • Robbie Robertson of Fullerton directed and produced his Second Place winning Animation film, Fallen Angel-Episode 1.
  • Chris Allison of Burbank, director, was awarded Third Place recognition for his Animation film, Wings of Death.


  • Alan Hanson of Fullerton, writer, was recognized as a finalist for his short screenplay, A Light Has Gone Out.
  • Daniel Angarita of West Covina, writer, was recognized as a finalist for his short screenplay, Borderline.

These gifted students are from the Visual Art Department at CSU Fullerton which will be awarded a $250 cash prize for the Rosebud Award garnered by Jason Haniuk’s film, Nutty the Neurotic Ninja Squirrel.

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,