About the Festival

Now in its 56th year, the California Student Media Festival is our nation’s oldest student media festival. Over the past twenty-five years, the California Student Media Festival has awarded more than $153,000 to California Schools. It has expanded to include the work of more than 6,000 student contestants from schools across the state. The Festival exists to celebrate the amazing media and multimedia projects produced by California’s students and teachers — rewarding and acknowledging their successful classroom work at an awards event in spring every year.

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Volunteer Leadership

The California Student Media Festival is coordinated through the efforts of a group of passionate volunteers. This body works year-round to direct festival activities. Members of this steering committee take on various positions of responsibility as needed. Additionally, the festival depends on volunteer experts in education, digital storytelling and media who judge categories and select winners.