And the winner is…

High School students in grades 9 – 12, attending classes in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are invited to enter their work in the 2014 Media Arts and Design (MAD) Festival competition. West Liberty University students will compete in a separate category. The awards ceremony will take place on the morning of Friday, April 11, in College Hall. All category winners will be acknowledged during the MAD Festival.

Entries will be received online from February 15 – March 20, on this website.

NOTE: 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. 

Here are the categories for the 2014 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. Must be output to a web friendly .mov or .mp4 video format. Compress the file so it is easily playable in a standard web browser.

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. Upload the image in the .jpg file format.

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. Entry must be uploaded as a web-friendly audio file format, such as an .mp3, or wav.

Animation – Original animated project. May include stop motion projects, vector animations, cartoons, interactive pieces, or games. Must be output to a web friendly.mov or .mp4 video format. Compress the file so it is easily playable in a standard web browser.

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). Upload a photograph of the image in the .jpg file format.

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. Upload a photograph of the image in the .jpg file format.

Multimedia – Original dynamic multimedia piece. Should be composed of a variety of media, which may include video, animation, photography, sound, illustration, and type. Must be output to a web friendly.mov or .mp4 video format. Compress the file so it is easily playable in a standard web browser.

Interactive – Web Design, Mobile Apps, Interactive Music Applications, or Interactive storytelling. Original coding and graphics required. Judged on originality, navigation, and content. Must be accessible online from a server.

Photography – Traditional or digital original photography with minimal digital post-production. Upload in the .jpg file format.

Graphic Design – The visual communication of  ideas to convey a message, primarily through the display of typography and/or images. Upload in the .jpg file format.

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. Entry must be uploaded as a web-friendly audio file format, such as an .mp3, or wav.

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. Must be output to a web friendly.mov or .mp4 video format. Compress the file so it is easily playable in a standard web browser.