FILM AWARDS AND GRANTS
2015 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies
Now accepting nominations for the 2015 Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies!
Deadline: April 21, 2015 at Noon:
BY INSTRUCTOR NOMINATION ONLY.
Do you have any undergraduates who have produced exceptional films, videos, screenplays, or critical film essays in one of your courses this year (or last spring)?
If you taught a film/video or related course at UMass Amherst between Spring 2014 and Spring 2015 (including Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015), the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies invites you to nominate up to two of your students for the Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies. Nominees must be currently enrolled in the undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate program and can only be nominated by you for work they’ve done for your course.
We hope you will nominate your students for their best work and give them the opportunity to be recognized by the program, campus community, and beyond! The Roif Award includes a substantial cash prize.
DEADLINE 12:00noon TUESDAY 21 April 2015: Nomination (including copies of nominated work) must be received in the Film Studies office in the Integrative Learning Center room S448. The jury will meet shortly thereafter, so please observe this deadline! Do not use campus mail if sending fewer than 5 days before the deadline as we may not receive it in time. Students may not handle their own nomination forms, but they may deliver copies of their work (DVDs, screenplays, essays) directly to our office. Instructors may also email completed forms to Barry Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org
AWARDS CEREMONY 12:00noon Friday 1 May 2015: Award Ceremony in Integrative Learning Center room S404. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you will attend and help us celebrate our film students.
NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS, CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
The College Television Awards, formerly known as the Student Television Awards, was started in 1978 by a partnership between Foundation Board members Lynne Gross and Frank O’Connor, and oil man Herbert Schmertz, to recognize excellence in student work. The first Mobil-sponsored Awards ceremony was held at the Directors Guild on October 25, 1979, where six awards were handed out in two categories — the Eric Sevareid Information Program and Rod Serling Entertainment Program.Since then, the ceremony has grown to a nationwide competition that awards over 65 trophies in 13 different categories.
Designed to emulate the Primetime Emmy judging process, entries are reviewed by active Television Academy members. Students submit their pieces through an online platform hosted by our media partner mtvU and receive multiple looks. Submissions undergo a three-round judging process, culminating in a Blue Ribbon panel that awards first, second and third prizes. Winners in all categories receive cash awards and are flown out to Los Angeles by our partner airline, United Airlines.
Over the years, the College Television Awards has expanded to include sponsored categories, including: Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Award, Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship, and Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship. These awards spotlight talented storytellers interested in entering specialized fields in entertainment. In addition to showcasing student production, the College Television Awards is an entry point for students as they pursue career opportunities.
Winners are invited to participate in a Nominee Summit at the Television Academy, where they are exposed to industry professionals and undergo development workshops. Students also become part of the Television Academy Foundation alumni network, which provides access to year-round networking opportunities and events. [More...]
Dakin Humane Society is holding an annual fundraiser titled The Pawscars & Red Carpet Fashion Parade on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. This event will offer an affectionate spoof of Hollywood, the Oscars (which take place 5 days prior), red carpet fashion and more. We have Ashley Kohl and Seth Stutman of WWLP’s “Mass Appeal” serving as emcees, a VIP red carpet fashion parade (also featuring Dakin dogs) and – (this is where you come in) – the showing of videos submitted by the public that feature their pets re-enacting iconic moments from cinematic history!
If you are interested in submitting a video for consideration, go to the Dakin Humane Society website and click on “Enter the Video Contest” for more information.
We will review all videos submitted, and we plan to select several to show at our Pawscars event on February 28. Submission Deadline: January 31, 2015.
NESN is developing a new television series that offers New England film students the chance at cash, prizes, exposure and bragging rights. The NESN Filmmaking Contest involves teams of undergraduate student filmmakers producing short, sports-themed documentary films in the Fall of 2014.
These films will air on NESN and will be judged by industry professionals throughout the competition.
The winning filmmakers will be awarded $20,000 cash.
NESN is looking for any students interested in this exciting opportunity. Scott Masterson talk poster.
Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies
The Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies is a competitive annual prize awarded to a single student or divided between two students enrolled in the University's Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Program whose film, video, or moving-image-media work demonstrates exceptional creativity and accomplishment. In a given year, at least one prize must be awarded for production or screenwriting. If two prizes are awarded, one may be given for a scholarly essay. The award is based upon a gift, made by his family, in honor of Michael S. Roif, a University alumnus and film enthusiast. [More...]
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