2015 West Virginia MAD Festival (Fifteenth Annual) – Friday, April 10th!

West Virginia MADFEST Poster designed by Alexis Irvin - West Liberty Graphic Design student.

West Virginia MADFEST Poster designed by Alexis Irvin – West Liberty Graphic Design student.


The 2015 West Virginia MAD (Media Arts and Design) Festival

took place on the Campus of West Liberty University on Friday, April 10. MADFEST 2015 was a day filled with 28 workshop sessions, professional presentations, and a student media arts awards competition and ceremony. Click here to download a pdf file of the 2015 MADFEST Awards Ceremony slides. Use the drop down menu at the top of this page to access all information related to the festival.

Thursday, April 9

6:00 pm – College Union Ballroom

Special Pre-Festival Event: “Hard Way Home” a FREE viewing of the film produced and distributed by guest juror Kori Keener. Hard Way Home explores a 28-year-old woman’s journey to let go of her haunted past by undertaking a daunting challenge: thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Presenting herself with a test of physical and mental capabilities, and an opportunity to interact with like-minded travelers, the 6-month journey is sure to have a deep impact on the filmmakers’ life. Come watch the film and meet the filmmaker.

8:30 pm – College Union Ballroom

Special Pre-Festival Event: “MAD Electronica” a FREE concert of Electronic Dance Music featuring MAD Fest guest juror DJ Aversive.  Also performing, the WLU Electronic Music Ensemble and MAD Fest guest presenter Will Kuhn.

Schedule for Friday, April 10, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 – Students arrive. Continental breakfast. Interactive displays in the Boyle Conference Room (Will be open throughout the day).
9:00 – 9:50 – Everyone gathers in College Hall (a large lecture hall). Guest jurors are introduced and each one provides a 20 minute multimedia presentation highlighting various aspects of their work and career in media arts.
10:00 – 12:00 – 2015 Media Arts and Design Award Ceremony. Jurors remain on stage and make brief comments about the work as the awards are presented.
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch in Rogers Cafeteria

1:10 – 2:00 – Session One – (View session descriptions and register under the Registration tab).

2:10 – 3:00 – Session Two – (View session descriptions and register under the Registration tab).

3:00 – 4:00 – Boyle Conference Room – final wrap up forum (Q and A), with guest jurors and presenters.


The MAD Festival Competition – Entry deadline is Friday, March 20th!

Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. There is also a separate competition for all West Liberty University students. Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the media arts. See the MADFEST Competition FAQ for more details.


James Haizlett – MAD Festival Director

Feedback is welcome!