Recognizing Outstanding Talent

Join us on Friday, May 13, at 7:30PM for Academy of Art University’s 2016 Media Awards! The Media Awards celebrate the best student work from the previous year during a dazzling awards ceremony attended by Academy students, instructors, industry professionals, and entertainment enthusiasts.

Awards will be presented for:

Achievement in Cinematography
Achievement in Directing
Achievement in Film Editing
Achievement in Game Design
Achievement in Motion Graphics
Achievement in Production Design
Achievement in Sound Design
Achievement in Visual Effects
Best Animated Short Film
Best Branded Content
Best Commercial
Best Complete Campaign
Best Documentary
Best Media Campaign
Best Motion Picture
Best Music Score
Best Music Video
Best On-Camera Female
Best On-Camera Male
Best Original Screenplay
Best Podcast

Performance by an Actor
in a Class Scene

Performance by an Actor
in a Student Film

Performance by an Actress
in a Class Scene

Performance by an Actress
in a Student Film

See all of the best-dressed stars and fashion highlights from the red carpet at 6:30PM PT.
Watch the 2016 Media Awards at 7:30PM

The Visionary Award

The Visionary Award is presented to individuals in entertainment who's work has expanded and re-imagined the entertainment industry, propelling us toward the future and redefining the way in which we experience media.

This year's Visionary Award is being presented to the Co-founders of Oculus VR, Inc., Mr. Brendan Iribe and Mr. Palmer Luckey, for their progressive work in virtual reality technology; particularly the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display designed for video gaming that now has potential to reinvent virtual reality media on a larger scale.

Accepting the award on Mr. Iribe and Mr. Luckey's behalf is honored guest Mr. Colum Slevin, General Manager of the San Francisco Oculus Team.

An Audience of Industry and Peers

Watch the next generation of creatives showcase their talent before the campus community and distinguished guests including:


Elisa Donovan
Actress (Clueless, Beverly Hills 90210, A Night at the Roxbury, Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

Kate Amend
Editor of Oscar-winning films, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor

David Ansen
Former Newsweek writer, US film critic, and documentary writer, former Los Angeles Film Festival director

Hussain Currimbhoy
Sundance Film Festival selection committee member, actor, and production manager

Jan Eliasberg
Television director (NCIS: Los Angeles, Nashville, Criminal Minds, Parenthood, Dawson's Creek, 21 Jump Street, Miami Vice)

Bruce Ferber
Producer (Home Improvement, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Growing Pains, The Facts of Life)

Liz Glotzer
Producer (The Shawshank Redemption, Friends with Benefits, Did You Hear About the Morgans, Music and Lyrics)

Mara Jacobs
Executive Producer (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and Vice president of film at Scott Sanders Productions (Evita, The Color Purple)

Scott Kroopf
Producer (The Last Samurai, Limitless, Arthur, Breach, Jumanji, The Chronicles of Riddick)

Jerry Zucker
Academy-award nominated director (Airplane, First Knight, Ghost, and Producer (The Naked Gun, Friends with Benefits, My Best Friend's Wedding, A Walk in the Clouds)

Kate Lupo
Founder and CEO,

Jana Sue Memel
Oscar-winning short filmmaker (Lieberman in Love, Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall)

Scott Sanders
Award-winning director (Black Dynamite)

Jennie Lew Tugend
Producer (Free Willy, Lethal Weapon, Tales from the Crypt, Scrooged, One Missed Call)

Lauren Weissman
Producer at Danika Productions and former president of Jane Fonda’s Production Company


Tickets are FREE for this amazing, star-studded event!
*Be sure to get there early as seating is limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

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If you are unable to attend in person, you can still watch this extraordinary event live, right here on this page!

Red carpet coverage begins at 6:30PM (PT).
Awards show coverage begins at 7:30 PM (PT).

Castro Theatre

429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Show Begins 7:30PM PT

Built in 1922 by the pioneer San Francisco theatre entrepreneurs, the Nasser brothers, the Castro Theatre has been a San Francisco Designated Landmark since 1977. Its Spanish Colonial Baroque façade pays homage to the nearby basilica of Mission Dolores.

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