MADFEST Competition FAQ

When Can I Enter?

Entries will be accepted between February 15th and March 20th, 2014.

Who is eligible?

The college portion of the competition is only open to currently enrolled West Liberty University students. The High School portion is open to students in grades 9 – 12 who are currently enrolled in a public high school, private high school, or home school in the states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

How much does it cost to enter?

It is free to enter your work in the competition.

How do I enter?

Click on the SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES HERE tab and select ‘High School’ or ‘WLU Students’ entry. Fill out the form and upload your file.

Contact the Festival Director if you have any questions about entering your work.

 

How many pieces may I enter?

High Schoolers may only enter two pieces of work. They can be in the same category, or you may choose to enter in two different categories. West Liberty University students may up to a total of four pieces.

 

Are there any content restrictions?

Since this is an educational festival with a public viewing and online delivery, all accepted entries will be limited to a PG type rating. Excessive or gratuitous violence, language, sexual material, or other questionable content may be restricted from the competition at the discretion of the jurors and/or festival coordinators.

 

What are the categories for this year’s festival?

Short Film - Fictional stories written and produced by the student (or group of no more than 3 students). May be shot as film or video and include actors and production elements associated with contemporary storytelling.

Digital Imaging - Original art created using digital processes. This can include collage, vector graphics, photography, and scanned objects or textures. If found works are used, the piece should be transformative of original content.

Electronic Music – Original compositions, up to 5 minutes in length. Can include original instrumentation, sampled sounds, midi sounds, or mashups of two or more pre-recorded songs, as long as such works are transformative of original content.

Animation - Original animated project. May include stop motion projects, vector animations, cartoons, interactive pieces, or games.

Illustration - Original illustration using digital and/or traditional techniques. Limited to completely original works (no collages of other artwork – those works belong in the Digital Imaging category),

Mixed Media - Original static mixed media piece. May include a range of materials, from found object assemblage, to a variety of traditional or non-traditional media.

Multimedia – Original dynamic multimedia piece. Should be composed of a variety of media, which may include video, animation, photography, sound, illustration, and type.

Interactive – Original coding and graphics required. Websites, games, and other projects requiring user input are acceptable. Judged on originality, navigation, layout, content, and structure.

Photography – Traditional or digital original photography with minimal digital post-production.

Graphic Design - The visual communication of  ideas to convey a message, primarily through the display of typography and/or images.

Audio Documentary - Non-fiction audio stories recorded and produced by one or two students. Subjects could include an interesting place, an event, an individual, or an organization – for the purpose of documenting a historical record.

Video Documentary - Non-fiction video stories recorded and produced by up to three students. Subjects could include an interesting place, an event, an individual, or an organization – for the purpose of documenting a historical record.

 

What formats should my files be in?

Image files should be in the .jpg format. Maximum size: 5 mb.

Video and Animation files should be in the .mov or .mp4 format. Maximum size: 200 mb. 

Music files should be in the .mp3 or .mp4 format. Maximum size: 100 mb.

Website entries only require a  link to a working URL. You will not upload any files.

Who are the jurors for the competition?

Mike Gasaway – Motion

Hollis Greathouse – Audio

Zeb Love – Design

View their bios under the Presenter Bios section.

When will I know if I won?

Award announcements will be made during the MAD Festival Awards Ceremony, on the morning of Friday, April 11. The ceremony will take place in College Hall on the campus of West Liberty University.

 

What are the prizes?

JURORS AWARDS -

Prizes are presented to the Best of Show for High School and College. Prizes are donated and will remain a mystery until the day of the show. Past prizes have included iPads and iPad minis. There will also be some surprise donated awards given to category winners.

FACULTY AWARDS -

The following scholarships will be awarded by selected members of  the West Liberty University College of Arts and Communication Faculty.
HIGH SCHOOL - MAD Faculty High School Award – This award is in the form of a Four Year $1000/year Scholarship.  The recipient must enroll at West Liberty University as a major in the College of Arts and Communication and maintain a 3.0 GPA and full time enrollment, while also remaining a major in the College of Arts and Communication for all four years to receive the full benefit.

WEST LIBERTY STUDENTS  - MAD Faculty Award – This award is for a West Liberty University major in the College of Arts and Communication, and is for up to Four Semesters for $500/semester.  The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA and full time enrollment, while also remaining a major in the College of Arts and Communication each of those semesters to receive the full benefit.