Entries Accepted: November 15 - December 15
8 Student Competitions
7 Faculty Competitions
2015 Festival Statistics
1352 Total Entries
17 “Best of” winners
232 Awards Granted
93 Winning Schools
“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.
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.