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Pocketmedia Film Festival: What’s Your Neighborhood?

Create a short film, win a prize. Call for art.

What does it mean to you to be part of the neighborhood? Part of Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo County, your block, your digital space, your intentional living community, your flash mob? What are the voices in your community? Where are your tribes, spaces and places? We are asking for stories about your neighborhood, however you define it.

Can you tell the story in two minutes or less? The Cuesta Book of the Year Pocketmedia Film Festival is a phone and lo-res digital video showcase for the Cuesta and San Luis Obispo county community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members). It is your chance to show in a creative, artistic, or funny way the stories that make your community what it is.

So, how does it work? Shoot your engaging, exciting story in a video using a camera that fits in your pocket. Then email the file to, with the subject "pocketmedia."   Include the the category of your choice: Youth (for filmmakers who are under 18), Cuesta (for films with a Cuesta College theme), or Community (for films about other neighborhoods).  We will post your video to a Posterous space where everyone can watch and vote for thier favorite videos and compete for prizes.

DESCRIPTION: A short film festival limited to the new media of pocket video cameras, cell phones, and mobile devices.

DATES: Submissions begin on November 30, 2011, and ends on March 1, 2012.  Announcement of the winner will be on March 15, 2012.

ELIGIBILITY: The festival is open to all Cuesta students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as San Luis Obispo County residents.

THEME: What’s your neighborhood?

LENGTH: Two minutes or less.

CATEGORIES: There are three categories, "Youth," for filmmakers under 18, "Cuesta," for films with a Cuesta College theme, and "Community," for films about other other local neighborhoods and groups.

SUBMISSIONS: Entries should be emailed to with the subject "pocketmedia" and include the category: Cuesta, Community, or Youth.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: There will be a $50 gift card awarded to the film with the most Posterous  favorite votes (the heart below each film) in each category (Youth, Cuesta, and Community) at A juried "best of festival" prize of a ipod Touch will be awarded on the basis of content, production value, artistic content, originality, theme implementation.

There is no charge for participation, and films in any language are welcome. Non-English languages films need to have English subtitles. Submission are subject to the submission agreement.


Thanks to Our Sponsors

Cuesta's Book of the Year program is a shared reading experience that seeks to promote literacy, discussion, and learning across the college campus and within the larger community. This popular series of cultural programming is proudly brought to our students, faculty, staff and the local community by Cuesta College and its supporters:

Cuesta College Foundation
Cuesta College Friends of the Library
San Luis Obispo County Library
Cuesta Cultural Diversity and Student Equity Committee
Associated Students of Cuesta College

Please Join Us

We invite you to attend the events--bring your friends, family, roommates and neighbors. If you would like to volunteer to help with an event or assist us in other ways, or just want more information, call Kathy at 546-3190.

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