First place honors at the 28th Annual College Television Awards were awarded Saturday night during the black-tie gala ceremony at Culver Studios, going to students from Brigham Young University, CalArts, USC, Northwestern University, Art Center College of Design, City College of New York, UCLA, University of Florida, Robert Morris University and St. Cloud State University.
After going through 408 entries this year from 176 colleges and universities across the nation, the winners were flown in for the ceremony to accept the awards, and will go home with $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third, not to mention a pat on the back from Blue Ribbon panels made up of some of the top industry professionals. First and second place winners also received the Eastman Product Grant on behalf of Kodak and the foundation, which values $2,000 and $1,000 in film stock.
“For more than 25 years, the Television Academy Foundation has been committed to recognizing and honoring the works of students from colleges and universities across the United States, and the entries this year were truly outstanding,” said Terri Clark, executive director of the foundation. “The awards program, along with the festival, opens doors for these students and encourages them to pursue careers in the television industry.”
Emmy Award-winning producer, director and writer Mark Burnett was also honored at the gala, accepting the inaugural “Innovation in Television Award” for significant and groundbreaking impact in the television industry.
Octavio Warnock-Graham from City College in New York received two special awards, the Directing Award and the Bricker Humanitarian Award, for his documentary “Silences.”
Winning entries will be shown to the public on Sunday. Starting in the morning, the Sundance Channel, mtvU and on-demand at mtvU.com will feature the films plus behind the scenes footage form the gala. Then at 4:30 p.m., their work will be open for public viewing during the College Television Awards Festival at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
FIRST PLACE WINNING ENTRIES OF THE 28th ANNUAL COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS
Kate Kuttler, Kamy Leach
Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah
Synopsis: Two pinatas attempt to escape a birthday party.
“Icarus & The Tree Herder”
CalArts, Valencia, Cali.
Synopsis: A story about the fate of Icarus when he disrupts order within the world of the tree herder.
Outstanding Children’s Program
University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, Los Angeles
Synopsis: A lonely 12 year old street boy in an impoverished African slum must choose between gang life and redemption.
“The Detention Teacher”
Ellie Burrows, Kunal Savkur
Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.
Synopsis: After a fight with his wife about the fact that they don’t talk anymore, a high school detention teacher forces two people who would never talk otherwise — a beautiful girl and a geeky boy — to have a non-stop conversation for an entire detention period.
“Snickers Spec Spot”
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Cali.
Synopsis: 2 Cops, 1 Bad Guy…and 1 Snickers Bar.
City College of New York, New York
Synopsis: A bi-racial son confronts his mother and experiences her refusal to acknowledge that he is of African-American descent. While trying to understand his mother’s choices, the filmmaker discovers too often that truth reveals itself in the unspoken.
Alexandra Fisher, Justin Wolske
University of California, Los Angeles
Synopsis: Parthenabe, a geriatric caretaker, looks after Albert, who suffers from Dementia. While Albert’s daughter, Victoria, pursues a blossoming musical career, Albert and Parthenabe share a unique friendship, which is threatened when Parthenabe’s health starts to deteriorate.
“Spotlight on Cancer”
Ansley Chambliss Dreadin
University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
Synopsis: Cancer affects so many people in our society today. It is the filmmakers’ sincere hope that this show will raise awareness and offer inspiration to patients and families dealing with this dreaded disease.
Outstanding Music Program
“Archetype” by Identity X
Darin DiNapoli, Brad Grimm, David Toole
Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Synopsis: The lead singer of Identity X chases after his archetype and finds it all too elusive.
Tyler Bieber, Jody Norstedt
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn.
Synopsis: This is St. Cloud’s only local newscast broadcasting Monday through Friday for a half-hour every day during the school year. This production is 100% student-run and includes local and national stories, weather and sports
The complete list of winners can be found on the Television Academy’s Web site, www.emmys.tv.