CATEGORIES

 

AUDIO PRESENTATION – Entries accepted into this category demonstrate the power of audio (in the form of online reports, audio plays, podcasts, and audio-documentaries) to tell fictional or non-fictional story that has meaning to the audience.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY COVERAGE – Presentation of an event which has not been created specifically for television (i.e., parades, festival coverage, community meetings, etc.).

CULTURAL AWARENESS – Programming that highlights and/or celebrates who and what we are and how we got here.

DOCUMENTARY – Programming presenting political, social or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner (actual news films, interview accompanied by narration, etc.).

ENTERTAINMENT – Presentation designed to amuse or entertain; variety or comedy programming.

GRAPHICS & ANIMATION - Still graphics and/or motion animations or logos created and aired as a part of an access program, program promotion or video text bulletin board. This entry should demonstrate the producer’s creativity. Pre-produced media (i.e. Digital Juice backgrounds) should be ONLY a limited component of the entry. Must be submitted on videotape or DVD. Include ONLY what element you wish to be judged.

INFORMATIVE TALK OR NEWS – Discussions about any subject presented in a program formatted as a “talking heads” or “host/guest” show.

INNOVATIVE – Programming that pushes the elements of creative use and leading edge technology. Entries may be an entire program, a portion of a program (roll-in, opening), video art, etc. Must be submitted on videotape or DVD. Include ONLY what you wish to be judged.

INSPIRATIONAL PROGRAMMING – Presentation of a spiritual or motivational nature. Not limited to religious programming.

INSTRUCTIONAL/EDUCATIONAL – Programs that teach or demonstrate (i.e. “how to” videos).

LIVE REMOTE PROGRAMMING - First cablecast LIVE from a venue off-site from an access center’s facility.

LIVE STUDIO PROGRAMMING – First cablecast LIVE from any area within, or connected to, an access center’s facility.

MOST MEMORABLE ACCESS MOMENT – Highlighting a poignant or outstanding moment of an access program. Entry must be less than five minutes in length and include background information of less than 100 words putting the “moment” into context. Must be submitted on videotape or DVD. Include ONLY what you wish to be judged. This is an OPEN category and all entries will be judged together.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Presentation of a musical performance (i.e. music videos, concerts, in-studio music performance).

OVERALL ACHIEVEMENT IN ACCESS AWARD – Nominate an individual you believe has made a compelling contribution to community access television. Include contact information for the nominee, a 100 word or less statement as to why this person(s) deserves the Achievement Award and any support materials you wish to provide. More than one may be awarded. A videotape or DVD is not required, but will be helpful. This is an OPEN category and all entries will be judged together.

PERFORMING ARTS – Presentation of cultural events or performances; original dramas, plays, dances, concerts, etc.

POWER OF ACCESS – Demonstrations of the power of cable access and its impact on the community. This may include submission of a single program or clips from several programs created during the contest period. Producers are encouraged to provide additional documentation for their submission. Must be submitted on videotape or DVD. Include ONLY what you wish to be judged. This is an OPEN category and all entries will be judged together.

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO – Presentation more than three (3) minutes in length promoting an event, program, cause or organization.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES - Access program presenting a religious service.

SHORT SUBJECT – Presentation three minutes (3) or less in length of a subject, including promos, PSA’s, informative videos, or any other topic.

SPORTS EVENT – Programming covering a sporting event or athletic activity.

SPORTS NON-EVENT – Programming relating to sports or athletics, but NOT directly to the coverage of an event.

STUDENT PROGRAMMING, ELEMENTARY/GRADES K-5 – Programming by students. Any adult participation or professional assistance MUST be noted on the entry form. Equipment used should be similar to that available to other access producers at the access center which this program aired. This category is open ONLY to YOUTH producers.

STUDENT PROGRAMMING, INTERMEDIATE/GRADES 6-8 – Programming by students. Any adult participation or professional assistance MUST be noted on the entry form. Equipment used should be similar to that available to other access producers at the access center which this program aired. This category is open ONLY to YOUTH producers.

STUDENT PROGRAMMING, HIGH SCHOOL/GRADES 9-12 – Programming by students. Any adult participation or professional assistance MUST be noted on the entry form. Equipment used should be similar to that available to other access producers at the access center which this program aired. This category is open ONLY to YOUTH producers.

STUDENT PROGRAMMING, POST-SECONDARY/COLLEGE – Programming by students. Any adult participation or professional assistance MUST be noted on the entry form. Equipment used should be similar to that available to other access producers at the access center which this program aired. This is an OPEN category and all entries will be judged together.


ENTRY STATUS
 
Entries by professionals, non-professionals and youth will be judged together in categories listed as “Open Categories”.
  • YOUTH ELIGIBILITY is reserved for program producers who are 18 years of age or under. The youth must have participated in a majority of the production (both in-front and behind the camera). Any adult participation MUST be noted.
  • NON-PROFESSIONAL ELIGIBILITY is reserved for those who have earned LESS THAN HALF their annual income from employment in teaching or production of media anytime within the last five years.
  • PROFESSIONAL ELIGIBILITY is required for all others.

Programs produced using both professionals and non-professionals should be entered in the division according to who had the most creative control over the program (i.e. directing, editing, etc.).