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Nominations are closed for 2017

2017 Student Award Winners

General Notes:

  • All original student work produced between Apr 22, 2016 and April 21, 2017
  • One entry for each category allowed per program, per institution
  • Must be submitted by instructor
  • Submissions may not be entered into more than one category
  • Entries may be submitted in English or French
  • Entries must have clean (broadcast quality) sound (audio and video) and picture (video only)
  • Entries cannot exceed maximum length
  • Entries must include:
  1. a working/live URL link to view the project (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  2. Copyright-cleared music OR written permission or release form for music video category
  3. a brief synopsis of the production

Video

Code Category Max. Length Criteria
v01 Documentary Short Under 10 Min
  • Strong storytelling approach
  • Clear and complete storyline
  • Evidence of research, accuracy and balance
  • Creative use of production elements (sound, images, graphics, music)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow, enhancing the narrative
v02 Documentary Long 10-30 Min
  • Strong storytelling approach
  • Clear and complete storyline
  • Evidence of research, accuracy and balance
  • Creative use of production elements (sound, images, graphics, music)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow, enhancing the narrative
v03 Drama or Comedy Short Under 10 Min
  • Entertaining and compelling story
  • Well-developed script
  • Strong artistic direction and cinematography
  • Creative use of production elements (sound, images, graphics, music)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow, enhancing the narrative
v04 Drama or Comedy Long 10-30 Min
  • Entertaining and compelling story
  • Well-developed script
  • Strong artistic direction and cinematography
  • Creative use of production elements (sound, images, graphics, music)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow, enhancing the narrative
v05 Series Production Up to 30 Min
  • Episodic production
  • entry may be either multi-camera or single-camera production
  • Creative use of production elements (sound, images, graphics, music)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow to suit style and tone of the series and genre
v06 Remote/Special Up to 30 Min
  • Production meant to be broadcast as a live-event or one-off special
  • Either live or live-to-tape
  • Can include sports coverage
  • Longer entries may be edited down to meet maximum time limit
  • Multi-camera production
  • Excellent technical production, consistent throughout
  • Creative use of additional production elements (sound, images, graphics, music)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow to suit style and tone of the genre
v07 Newscast or News Magazine show Up to 30 Min
  • Studio-based production, or on-location multi-camera production
  • News and/or current affairs
  • Excellent technical production throughout
  • Strong writing
  • Line-up reflects timeliness, relevancy and newsworthiness
  • Includes field production elements
v08 Music Video Up to 10 mins
  • Showcasing a musical performance
  • Strong artistic/creative approach to production design
  • Clean audio sync
  • Appropriate pacing and flow to suit style and tone of the concept
v09 Corporate/client-based production Up to 15 mins
  • Productions created for organizations or companies for non-commercial/non-broadcast use.
  • Does not include PSAs or commercials intended for traditional broadcast
  • Entry must include a descriptor paragraph to explain the focus of the production, and client
  • Excellent technical production, consistent throughout
  • Creative use of additional production elements (sound, images, graphics, music)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow to suit style and tone of the concept
v10 ENG news story Up to 2 mins
  • Fair, balanced and accurate journalism
  • Strong storytelling structure
  • Compelling use of visuals and sound
  • Clear, concise script (writing)
  • Professionalism in on-camera/VO performance
v11 Commercial/PSA :15 to :60 sec.
  • Selling or promoting a product, service or public service message
  • Intended for broadcast/video distribution (i.e. online)
  • Sales- or marketing-oriented copywriting
  • Strong and clear message; attention-grabbing
  • Effective use of visuals, sound and other production elements
v12 Promos/Trailers Up to 2:30
  • Promoting a film, TV show (series or one-off), network or station
  • Can be real or fictional
  • Highly entertaining and compelling production
  • Creative use of production elements (sound, visuals, graphics, etc.)
  • Appropriate pacing and flow to suit style and tone of the network/station/genre

 

Audio

Code Category Max. Length Criteria
a01 Radio newscast Up to 10 mins
  • Excellent technical production throughout
  • Strong writing
  • Line-up reflects timeliness, relevancy, and newsworthiness
a02 Radio news story Up to 1 min
  • Fair, balanced and accurate journalism
  • Strong storytelling structure
  • Compelling use of sound
  • Clear, concise script (writing)
  • Professionalism in reporter’s performance
a03 Commercial/PSA 30-60 sec
  • Selling or promoting a product, service or public service message
  • Intended for use on-air
  • Sales- or marketing-oriented copywriting
  • Strong and clear message; attention-grabbing
  • Effective use of production elements
a04 Promotion Up to 60 sec
  • Produced piece advertising an event, concert, radio station on-location, contests, etc.
  • Creative writing/scripting
  • Compelling use of sound and production elements
  • Strong message
  • Professionalism in announcing
a05 Station Imaging Up to 60 sec.
  • Produced piece communicating a station’s image and values in order to attract and retain listeners
  • Creative writing/scripting
  • Compelling use of sound and production elements
  • Strong message
  • Professionalism in announcing
a06 Short feature/documentary Up to 10 mins
  • Strong storytelling approach
  • Solid script-writing
  • Clear focus and structure
  • Evidence of research, accuracy and balance
  • Creative use of production elements
  • Appropriate pacing and flow, enhancing the story
a07 Podcast/current affairs show Up to 30 mins
  • Excellent technical production throughout (demonstrating live production technique)
  • Strong writing & research
  • Includes both live and pre-produced production elements
  • Content reflects timeliness, relevancy and newsworthiness
a08 On-Air Performance Up to 5 mins
  • Excellent technical production throughout (demonstrating live production technique)
  • Professionalism in announcing
  • Evidence of prep material

Transmedia

This category is new for 2017!

This is an opportunity for storytellers to develop transmedia formats, crafting productions that exploit each platform’s advantages. The best productions involve audiences before, during and after the release of the main programme.

We’re looking for innovative productions that work across multiple platforms. For example, it might be a TV/radio programme that allows viewers to go deeper into the subject via a microsite on the Web that offers additional material, in video/audio and text.

These awards are given to the individual or creative team responsible for the creation of story-driven audience interactive experiences related to, or integrated with, a linear program. Such experiences could exist on an additional platform beyond the linear platform, complementing the storyline of the program, and require active input from the audience that interacts with and influences/is influenced by the story world of the program. Examples of interactivity may include such features as behind-the-scenes dialogue with creators, exchanges with characters, activities that unlock content and drive the story forward or provide backstory or richer mythology, social collaboration and interactive ancillary content.

This could be a production that’s been specially crafted for online consumption rather than the big TV screen, but nonetheless, engages audiences in a way that conventional TV does every day. Our judges will be looking for the most creative solutions that truly harness the power of these new platforms to deliver outstanding content in an innovative way.

We recognize the individual or creative team responsible for the creative excellence of a wholly original, standalone interactive media program or series. Such storytelling experiences may not be derivative of, or related to, an existing linear program or series, and must stand on their own in terms of storytelling, characters, and setting. In these productions, the interactive components are integral to the work and emphasize immersion and engagement in the storyline of the program itself.


*Projects that are simply uploaded to the web with no significant interactive element should be entered in the appropriate video category.

Code Category Max. Length Criteria
t01 Multiplatform storytelling FICTION N/A
  • A well-conceived, well-developed design that serves the purpose of the site and stays on message.
  • Use of color, space, graphics and layout have a consistent theme and offer visitors a sense of comfort and easy navigation.
  • Projects based on a template/theme must show evidence of significant and effective customization to the aesthetic and interactive components of the template/theme.
  • Presents content in an appealing and engaging way and shows clear relevance to the target audience.
  • Well-written, marked by attention to detail, with minimal grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Projects must have a unique interactive web presence. They must contain an original interface design with significant additional material and interactivity.
t02 Multiplatform storytelling FACTUAL N/A
  • A well-conceived, well-developed design that serves the purpose of the site and stays on message.
  • Use of color, space, graphics and layout have a consistent theme and offer visitors a sense of comfort and easy navigation.
  • Projects based on a template/theme must show evidence of significant and effective customization to the aesthetic and interactive components of the template/theme.
  • Presents content in an appealing and engaging way and shows clear relevance to the target audience.
  • Well-written, marked by attention to detail, with minimal grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Projects must have a unique interactive web presence. They must contain an original interface design with significant additional material and interactivity.

 

Judging Institutions

Judging Committees should be made up a Minimum of: three (3) Judges;
  • two (2) from the industry (most closely linked to the category if possible)
  • one (1) from the school (BEAC member)
The BEAC member should also help coordinate, moderate and/or chair the proceedings.
Marking Sheets should include both constructive criticisms and positive comments as these may be used as feedback to the colleges at a later date.
Maximum lengths are guidelines for equitable judging. It is at the discretion of the judging committee to review each entry as fairly as possible based on merit rather than length.

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