ArtPower Student New Media Festival

ArtPower is excited to launch the juried Student New Media Festival (formerly known as “Up&Coming”). To celebrate our 10th anniversary showcasing student media work, we have programmed workshops, a thrilling speaker series, and opened up a brand new virtual reality competition in addition to video. The best virtual reality and video submissions will each receive $500 in addition to other prizes. We are proud to announce a stellar jury panel for both sections.

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10th Anniversary ArtPower Student New Media Festival

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 7 pm
The Loft

Virtual Reality Viewing
3–6:45 pm
Price Center East Ballroom

The 10th anniversary of the juried ArtPower Student New Media Festival includes a variety of programming that offers UC San Diego emerging filmmakers a public forum to showcase their work and connect with other filmmakers and industry professionals. This year, ArtPower will be hosting a special Virtual Reality competition at the festival! Stay tuned here for workshops and guest speakers.

2016–17 ArtPower Student New Media Festival Competition Dates

April 14: Festival submissions due
May 10: Festival and Winner Announcement at The Loft

Learn More

We would like to thank the generous contributions of our 2016–17 partners and sponsors:

UC San Diego Sponsors
Qualcomm Institute
Thurgood Marshall College Film Minor
UCSD ETS Teaching Lab
UCSD Visual Arts Department
UC San Diego Virtual Reality Club
UC San Diego Library (Digital Media Lab)
UC San Diego Alumni Association

UC San Diego Partners
UCSD Communications Department
Sixth College

10th Anniversary ArtPower Student New Media Festival Competition

Friday, April 14, 2017: Submissions Due
Wednesday, May 10, 2017: ArtPower Student New Media Festival and Winner Announcement at the Loft

Submit Here


Video Competition


  • 10 minutes maximum runtime
  • Any theme
  • Open to currently enrolled UC San Diego students


  • Acting Quality: Credible characters and credible delivery of dialogue
  • Sound Design: Creative, original, cuts work in tandem with edits
  • Cinematography: Originality, technical proficiency, Creativity
  • Transitions/Effects/Editing: Originality, technical proficiency
  • Screenwriting: Originality, creative, clear theme, point and message
  • Art Direction: Originality, creativity, credibility
  • Visual Effects: Creative, originality, enhances story


  • Patty Ahn (Assistant Professor, Communication, UC San Diego)
  • Brian Cross (Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, UC San Diego)
  • Media Lab (Lev Kalman, Adam Davies)
  • Chris Salvaterra (HBO Miniseries Executive)
  • Ash Eliza Smith (Associate Director of Art and Technology, Sixth College)
  • Submit Here

Virtual Reality Competition


  • 2–5 minutes maximum run time
  • Any theme including interactive virtual reality projects
  • Projects must be viewable via one of our accepted VR platforms (currently limited to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard)
  • Open to currently enrolled UCSD students


  • Strength of concept
  • Technical quality: How efficiently is 360 degrees employed?
  • Originality: How is the director/producer rethinking traditional filmmaking in the form of virtual reality
  • Clarity: Who is the viewer inside the experience
  • Sound: Creativity, does the sound serve the narrative or experience through the viewing experience?


  • Scott McAvoy (Director, UC San Diego Library Digital Media Lab)
  • Steve McClosky (Nano VR Scientist)
  • Jurgen Schulze (Research Scientist, UC San Diego)
  • Kamal Sinclair (Director, Sundance VR Residency Lab)

Submit Here

The Student New Media Speaker Series is brought to you by ArtPower with generous support from our UC San Diego partners Thurgood Marshall College Film Minor, the Visual Arts Department, and the Media Teaching Lab. This series was designed with UC San Diego new media makers in mind to spark conversation and provide networking opportunities.

One lucky student will have the opportunity to network, share their work for critique, and have dinner with one of the speakers. Enter to win by submitting your ticket at the Equipment Checkout Room at the Media Lab. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet these incredible creatives!

Fall Quarter

Brent Green, filmmaker, and sculptor
November 10 at 5 pm
ETS Media Lab room 140

Brent will discuss his career path, artistic process, the future of animation, and ideas on how to get your work exhibited.

Brent Green’s films have screened—often with live musical accompaniment—in film and art settings alike at venues such as MoMA, J. Paul Getty Museum, Walker Art Center, Hammer Museum, The Kitchen, Boston MFA, Wexner Center for the Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Rotterdam Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and even extending to rooftops, warehouses, and galleries throughout the globe. Often, his sculptural work and large-scale installation are displayed alongside his animated films, most recently with solo exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, 21c/Art Without Walls, Diverseworks Houston, and the Berkeley Art Museum. His artwork is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC. Green’s work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute, SFFS, and the MAPfund. His art can be found in some permanent collections including the Progressive Collection, Hammer Museum, and MoMA.

Brent Green

Winter Quarter

Chris Salvaterra, HBO Miniseries Executive
January 20 at 5 pm
ETS Media Lab room 140

Chris will talk about his career trajectory and advise students how to get hired in the industry as a screenwriter or filmmaker, and best practices to submit work to television executives.

Chris Salvaterra has an exciting and extensive background in film production for films such as American Pie and Good Night and Good Luck. He became the programming executive for HBO Miniseries in 2015, which recently aired the highly acclaimed The Night Of, and has financed and distributed the much lauded series Band of Brothers, Show Me A Hero, Mildred Pierce, and Olive Kitteridge, to name a few. Salvaterra is charged with overseeing development and production of current projects. He loves mentoring young students annually through the Harvard in Hollywood (Harvardwood) Mentor Program. He has contributed columns to the Hollywood Journal and speaks at colleges to prospective industry people (Washington University, Cal Arts, UCSB).

Spring Quarter

Kahlil Joseph, Video Artist (Beyonce’s Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar)
April 13 at 5 pm
Location: Visual Arts Performance Space

Kahlil will talk about his career trajectory and life as a video director and conceptual artist.

Emmy-nominated Kahlil Joseph, is an award-winning LA-based filmmaker. His beautifully shot, evocative short film Until The Quiet Comes for Flying Lotus received widespread critical acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Films at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and Video of the Year at the UKMVAs 2013. He has worked with some of the most influential artists in the music including Kendrick Lamar and FKA Twigs. In 2016 he installed his work Double Conscience at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This two-part projection evokes philosopher W.E.B. Dubois’s early twentieth century concept of “double consciousness,” a psychological description of Black life in America. The film’s verbally dense and thick booming soundtrack, provided by hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, adds yet another layer to this prismatic account of contemporary life in Los Angeles.

Kahlil Joseph

Make Your Own 360 Video

Learn the entire VR workflow to submit a 360 video to the ArtPower Student New Media Festival by April 14, 2017.  The festival is on May 10, 2017 at The Loft.

Lecture I: Script Writing & Pre-Production
November 17 from 5–7 pm
Location: UCSD Media Lab, Room 140
Speakers: Casey Sapp, CEO of VRTÜL; Adam Snell, Virtual Reality Director

Lecture II: On-Set Capture & Production
Winter 2017
Location: UCSD Media Lab, Room 140
Speakers: Casey Sapp, CEO of VRTÜL

Lecture III: Editing & Post-Production
Winter 2017
Location: UCSD Media Lab, Room 140
Speakers: Casey Sapp, CEO of VRTÜL

UCSD Partners: ArtPower, UCSD VR Club, UCSD Digital Media Lab, UCSD ETS Media Lab, UCSD Visual Arts

Sponsor: VRTÜL is a virtual reality studio based in San Diego, California, staffed with world-class VR/VFX artists, creatives, and camera technicians to design custom capture solutions and manage high-end productions. Facebook:   Twitter: @VRTULINC

Casey Sapp is founder of VRTÜL and cocreator of the first 360 stereoscopic underwater camera. His work encompasses developing VR theme park attractions to be released in 2017 and helping produce feature VR productions with some of the top creatives in the industry including Here Be Dragons, 30Ninjas, Google, Nekton, and National Geographic. He often speaks about the future of 360 video, multi-lense camera design, and managing VR productions.

Adam Osfield Snell is a virtual reality director. Previously he was a founding member and chief storyteller at River Studios where he directed projects with major brands including professional sports teams, television studios, and musicians. At River he built an in-house production team and an end-to-end pipeline for creating VR content. Prior to his work in VR, he spent six years creating a non-profit and producing content for startup companies in the Bay Area as a storyteller.