1538 Total Entries

18 “Best of” Winners

281 Awards Granted

101 Winning Schools

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2016 Best of Festival Winners

Faculty Audio Competition
Geri Alumit Zeldes, April Van Buren, WKAR Radio, and School of Journalism, Michigan State University; The Living History Project (Long-Form Production Category)

Student Audio Competition
Jennifer Johnson, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale; Camp Giant City – Panthers (Comedy or Drama Category)

Faculty Documentary Competition
John C.P. Goheen, Loyola University Chicago; The Fence of the Bear (Short Form Video or Film Documentary Category)

Student Documentary Competition
Megan Rakoczy, Elizabeth Ruiz & Weston Dockter, Colorado State University; Bean to Bar: Chocolate Unwrapped (Short Form Video or Film Documentary Category)

Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition
Joel Beeson, West Virginia University & Emily Pelland, Morgan State University; Fractured Tour: An Immersive VR Tour of Selma’s Divides (Entertainment & Emerging Technologies Category)

Student Interactive Multimedia Competition
Kayli Kunkel, Drake University; Urban Plains (Large Team Category)

Faculty News Competition
David Chanatry, Utica College; Seneca Lake Blockade (Radio Hard News Reporting Category)

Student News Competition
Nicky Ouellet, University of Montana; An 80’s Cover Band with Global Dreams (Radio Feature Reporting Category)

Daniel Hamburg, Michigan State University; You Couldn’t Pay Me Enough (Television Feature Reporting Category)

Emilio Ramos De Jesus, Danielle Maroney & Sarah Rudlang, St. Cloud State University; UTVS News (Television Newscast Airing 4 or 5 days per week Category)

Faculty Scriptwriting Competition
Daniel C. Walsh, Appalachian State University; The Saint of Savannah (Feature/TV Hour Category)

Student Scriptwriting Competition
Becca Thompson, Missouri State University; When the Morning Comes (Short Subject Category)

Faculty Sports Competition
Michael Bruce, University of Alabama; TideSports.com TV (TV Sports Event Direction and Production Category)

Student Sports Competition
Ricky Lasser & Karen Tang, University of Maryland; ViewFinder: ParaCommandos (TV Sports Story/Feature Category)

Student 2-Year/Small College Competition
Sam Senser & Jake Bruce, Metropolitan Community College; The Adventures of Vanman and Truckboy (Video/Broadcast Production Category)

Faculty Video Competition
Lance Clark, Huntington University; The Gift of Hope (Narrative Category)

Student Video Competition
Anthony Williams, Kansas State University; Maize Mosaic Virus (Instructional/Educational Category)

Xavier Burgin, Jenna Cavelle & Jacob Eben, USC School of Cinematic Arts; Olde E (Narrative Category)

“The festival is top-notch and the awards competition draws the very best student work from across the nation. So our students know if they win a BEA award, it’s a huge deal, because they’re competing against the best nationwide.”

– Steve Kraycik,
Director of Student Television,
Penn State University

“The qualitative level of the work shown at the awards ceremony, by both faculty and student, was truly outstanding. Our team was very honored to have been selected for Best of Festival and it made for a most memorable evening in Vegas.”

– Kevin Burke, Professor, University of Cincinnati

About the Festival

The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members (any full-time undergraduate student attending a BEA institutional members receives free membership).  Last year the Festival received over 1350 total entries in 15 competitions.  Separate competitions for faculty and students cover the range from dramatic narratives, through non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia.

The 2016 competition entry window runs from November 15 to December 15, and winners are announced in mid-February.  Prizes are awarded during BEA’s annual convention & Festival of Media Arts – April 17-20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About BEA

BEA is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. The association’s publications, annual convention, web-based programs, and regional district activities provide opportunities for juried production competition and presentation of current scholarly research related to aspects of the electronic media. These areas include media audiences, economics, law and policy, regulation, news, management, aesthetics, social effects, history, and criticism, among others.BEA is concerned with electronic media curricula, placing an emphasis on interactions among the purposes, developments, and practices of the industry and imparting this information to future professionals.  BEA serves as a forum for exposition, analysis and debate of issues of social importance to develop members’ awareness and sensitivity to these issues and to their ramifications, which will ultimately help students develop as more thoughtful practitioners.

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