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HU returns with more BEA Festival wins

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019

For the second year in a row, Huntington University film, broadcast and animation students in Indiana and Arizona have garnered top awards at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts. This year, Huntington University took second place in overall awards.

With 15 total awards, Huntington University is the smallest school by population to make the top five awarded schools list. The top five awarded universities included Arizona State University (22 awards), Huntington University (15 awards), a tie between the University of Oklahoma (14 awards) and Missouri State University (14 awards), Liberty University (9 awards) and Pennsylvania State University (8 awards).

This year’s competition included over 1,500 student entries from over 300 universities around the world. Of the 11 Best of Festival awards the BEA presents to students, Huntington University students claimed three, including the first ever Best of Festival award for Huntington University Arizona with Stephen Davis’ narrative piece Motions. Caitlyn Chase received a Best of Festival award for her animated work Pig Tails, and Jonathon Kane and James Ehle received the award for their narrative The Concourse.

“Landing three Best of Festival awards along with the other 12 top awards in film, animation and broadcasting at the BEA festival of the arts is an incredible achievement,” said Dr. Lance Clark, associate dean of the arts and professor of digital media arts at Huntington University. “I’m reminded how blessed we are to have such excellent faculty and students in our DMA program, both in Huntington and now at our Arizona Center.”

In addition to the three Best of Festival awards, Huntington University students garnered two first-place awards, three second-place awards, one third-place award, and six Awards of Excellence. Adam Widener, assistant professor of digital media arts/broadcast media, received an Award of Excellence for his documentary film The Promise.

“To have our DMA Center in Arizona contributing with four BEA awards again this year definitely helps legitimize the work that we’re putting in in the classrooms and out in the field,” said Phil Wilson, Arizona digital media arts program director. “We talk about that word ‘excellence’ at the Center and doing things with ‘excellence.’ It’s one thing to talk about it, it’s another to have a panel of judges made up of industry professionals see the work that your students are doing and say, ‘yes, this is excellent.’”

The Broadcast Educators Association Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. Competition ranges from dramatic narratives to non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia. This year’s awards presentation will take place during the BEA's annual convention on April 8 in Las Vegas.