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  • Have you made a SHORT FILM that your friends and family love, and now you dream of getting your work noticed by high-level industry professionals?
  • Are you a budding ILLUSTRATOR with a growing portfolio of fantastic work and you are finally ready to get your talent noticed?
  • Do people rave about the PHOTOGRAPHS you take, but you’re not sure what to do with them, and you’re eager to further flex your creative muscles?
You've imagined it! Now make it real!

Submissions closed on May 14th. Winners were announced May 23rd at 5:30pm.

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Access to our live panels is available in the schedule below. Click here to jump to the links.

Welcome to ImagineFest 2021 - a Media Arts Festival sponsored and produced by Mt. San Antonio College! ImagineFest is a 3-Day event where high school and college students can showcase their creative works, compete for awards, and interact with top professionals in multiple creative fields through dynamic panel discussions.

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Congratulations to the competition winners!

Click on each category below to view the winners for the competition.

Jury Award

College
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on Youtube

Daniel Banuelos & Eddie Arreguin
"The Asset"

High School
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on Youtube

Mathew Sharifi
“The Samurai and the Thieves"

Audience Award

College
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Haley Moran & David Derosier
"All Roads Lead Home"

High School
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Eugene Youxuan Wong
"Adapt a Story, Good Night World"

Panel Videos

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our event! Missed the event? Get the sessions on demand below.

Several of Hollywood’s top screenwriters and producers come together to discuss the business of storytelling in an ever-changing media world that seems to be simultaneously expanding and contracting as streaming and the globalization of content take center stage.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are the issues of our time, and at the center of this matter is our media. Finding, fostering, and amplifying voices of historically marginalized communities (POC, AAPI, LGBTQ+, Women) is gaining traction in film and television – both behind and in front of the camera – and impacts all of us, not only as consumers, but as aspiring participants in the media world.

Please join us for a frank roundtable discussion with successful Hollywood insiders (including several Mt. SAC graduates), and get their take on where we’ve been, where we are, and where things are going in the media’s decades long struggle to portray our world as it really is.

Clio Award winning illustrator Orlando Arocena will discuss the ins and outs of the current freelance market, his experience working with a wide range of clients, and the growing opportunities for illustrators in the entertainment industry, while also offering insight into the importance of personal branding and working in his signature vector style.

A conversation with Luke Flowers on his approach to narrative storytelling and the creative process as he brings stories to life through illustrations. We will hear about Mr. Flowers’ artistic background, where he draws inspiration, his experiences with powerful publishers like Scholastic, and how exhibiting in galleries can impact an illustrator’s career.

An exploration of Jason Perez's stunning photographic series that chronicles the haunting past and deeply inspirational present of the Armenian people.

A candid conversation with five young professional photographers where they discuss everything from key early career moves that helped them break into the competitive field to thriving in a gig economy and pitfalls every young photographer should avoid.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ImagineFest will not host live events on campus. In compliance with safety protocols all live events will be held entirely on-line.

Schedule

Click the blue text below for a link to each panel.

May 21

7:00pm-8:00pm

General Session

May 22

10:30am-12:30pm

Film & Television Panel

Several of Hollywood’s top screenwriters and producers come together to discuss the business of storytelling in an ever-changing media world that seems to be simultaneously expanding and contracting as streaming and the globalization of content take center stage.

Panelists:

12:45pm-2:45pm

Illustration Panel

Clio Award winning illustrator Orlando Arocena will discuss the ins and outs of the current freelance market, his experience working with a wide range of clients, and the growing opportunities for illustrators in the entertainment industry, while also offering insight into the importance of personal branding and working in his signature vector style.

Panelists:

3:00pm-5:00pm

Photography Panel

A candid conversation with five young professional photographers where they discuss everything from key early career moves that helped them break into the competitive field to thriving in a gig economy and pitfalls every young photographer should avoid.

Panelists:

May 23

10:30am-12:30pm

Photography Panel

An exploration of Jason Perez's stunning photographic series that chronicles the haunting past and deeply inspirational present of the Armenian people.

Panelists:

12:45pm-2:45pm

Illustration Panel

A conversation with Luke Flowers on his approach to narrative storytelling and the creative process as he brings stories to life through illustrations. We will hear about Mr. Flowers’ artistic background, where he draws inspiration, his experiences with powerful publishers like Scholastic, and how exhibiting in galleries can impact an illustrator’s career.

Panelists:

3:00pm-5:00pm

Film & Television Panel

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are the issues of our time, and at the center of this matter is our media. Finding, fostering, and amplifying voices of historically marginalized communities (POC, AAPI, LGBTQ+, Women) is gaining traction in film and television – both behind and in front of the camera – and impacts all of us, not only as consumers, but as aspiring participants in the media world.

Please join us for a frank roundtable discussion with successful Hollywood insiders (including several Mt. SAC graduates), and get their take on where we’ve been, where we are, and where things are going in the media’s decades long struggle to portray our world as it really is.

Panelists:

5:30pm-7:30pm

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