Awards

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Film Awards

Outstanding Beginner Film (Gala)

Submission must have no more than one picture track and two monaural audio
tracks. Only analog cuts/splices and in camera eects are permitted. All other
postproduction eects are strictly prohibited and using them will result in
disqualification. Films must be shot on Bolex and edited on Steenbeck editing
table. Submissions include Film I projects.

Outstanding Animated Program (Majestic)

Submission must be a single animated piece; can be digital, analog, experimental, hand animation, or 3D animation.

Outstanding Production Design for Narrative (Majestic)

Submissions must include footage and production stills of the production design and must be submitted by the production designer or art director. This includes all film and any narrative television shows shot in the field.

Outstanding Intermediate Film (Majestic)

Submission may include Film II projects and can be film or digital. BA, BFA, and MFA thesis projects are not eligible.

Outstanding Cinematography (Majestic)

Submissions include any edited television, video, or film production that show camera, lighting, and composition abilities; can be a film or digital piece.

Outstanding Single-Camera Direction (Majestic)

Submissions must be either a single-camera television, video, or film production; can be narrative or non-narrative. Must be submitted by the director.

Outstanding Cinematic Achievement (Majestic)

Submissions must be completed films that reflect a significant achievement in concept, technique, form, or structure; can be a film or digital piece. Submissions include BA, BFA, and MFA thesis projects.

Outstanding Documentary (Majestic)

Submissions must be a nonfiction documentary short or feature film.

Writing Awards

Outstanding Poetry (Gala)

Submissions include both individual poems and poetry anthologies.

Outstanding Fiction Prose (Gala)

Submissions include fiction prose pieces, such as a short story or novel.

Outstanding Non-Fiction Prose (Gala)

Submissions include nonfiction prose pieces, such as a memoir.

Outstanding Written Comedy Sketch (Majestic)

Submissions should be a maximum of 10 pages. Submissions may be the work of an individual writer or the collective work of a comedy troupe.

Outstanding Writing for Television (Majestic)

Submissions may include any original comedic or original dramatic teleplay in WGA screenplay format.

Outstanding Writing for Film (Majestic)

Submissions may include any original comedic or original dramatic screenplay in WGA screenplay format.

Outstanding Writing for Stage (Majestic)

Submissions include any original written theatrical production.

Theater Awards

Outstanding Props Design for Stage (Gala)

The Props designer and/or master must make artistic properties choices in conjunction with the scenic designer to fully support the story, theme, and aesthetic of the show. Submissions must also include any original props created specifically for the live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Makeup Artistry (Gala)

Submissions may include a video with optional close up photos for film, photos for published shoots, or pictures of the specific characters the artist worked on for theater. These must demonstrate artistic choices with influence from the previously specified cohesive aesthetic or theme of the project.

Outstanding Costume Design for Stage (Majestic)

The Costume designer must make artistic choices in conjunction with the director and other designers to fully support the story, theme, and aesthetic of the show for the live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Sound Design for Stage (Majestic)

The Sound designer must make artistic choices in conjunction with the director and other designers to fully support the story, theme, and aesthetic of the show for the live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Choreography for Stage (Majestic)

The Choreographer must make artistic choices in conjunction with the director and music to fully support the story, theme, and aesthetic of the show for the live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Lighting Design for Stage (Majestic)

The Lighting designer must make artistic choices in conjunction with the director and other designers to fully support the story, theme, and aesthetic of the show for the live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Scenic Design (Majestic)

The Scenic designer must make artistic choices in conjunction with the director and other designers to fully support the story, theme, and aesthetic of the show for the live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Director for the Stage (Majestic)

Any current student that directed or co-directed a theatrical production through Emerson College is eligible for this award (Emerson Stage is not eligible. The directing should present a cohesive story line and theme that also aligns with all acting and design choices. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Theatrical Production (Majestic)

Submissions must be a student-directed theatrical production that presents a cohesive story line, design, and directing choices. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Audio & Post Production Awards

Outstanding Editing for Nonfiction (Majestic)

Submissions include any edited television, video, or film nonfiction production. Acceptable submissions include documentaries, music videos, and segments. Must be submitted by the editor.

Outstanding Multi-Track Recording (Majestic)

Submissions must be a recording that includes multiple tracks. Tracks must be individually recorded and mixed in post-production.

Outstanding Motion Graphics (Majestic)

Submissions must be original graphics packages created for a production and must be submitted by the graphic designer.

Outstanding Live Audio Mix (Majestic)

Submissions must be unedited, live recorded audio mixes. No overdubbing or multi-tracking permitted. Must be submitted by the live mix engineer.

Outstanding Editing for Narrative (Majestic)

Submissions include any edited television, video, or film narrative production. These can be scripted or improvised, but must tell a story that includes characters. Must be submitted by the editor.

Sound Design for Screen (Majestic)

Submissions must include the collection of sounds created for the production as individual audio files. The final mix of the film with the sound designers work must be included in the submission. A document describing the mixing process and creative choices may be supplemented if deemed necessary. All work must be submitted by the sound designer.

Television Awards

Outstanding Short Video (Gala)

Submissions include any short video segment under 10 minutes and must be submitted by the producer or reporter. Work produced in Visual Media Arts organizations are permitted. Submissions may also include music videos or packages for broadcast.

Outstanding Multi-Camera Direction (Majestic)

Submission must be liveswitch, multi-camera productions. Director’s Track must be included in the audio portion of the submission.

Outstanding Field Television Series (Majestic)

Submissions must be single-camera television productions that are shot exclusively out of studio, in the field, and must be submitted by the producer. Please submit only one broadcast per individual submission; multiple broadcasts may be submitted as a separate submission.

Outstanding Television News Program (Majestic)

Submissions must be televised news programs and may be submitted by the producer or writer. Please submit only one broadcast per individual submission.

Outstanding Radio News Program (Majestic)

Submissions must be a hosted radio news program. All personal references must be edited out.

Outstanding Lighting Design for Studio Television (Majestic)

Submissions must include footage and production stills of the lighting design and must be submitted by the lighting designer. Cannot be filmed out on location or in a theatre.

Outstanding Production Design for Studio Television (Majestic)

Submissions must include footage and production stills of production design or lighting design for an in studio production. Must be submitted by the production designer or art director. Cannot be filmed out on location or in a theatre.

Outstanding Studio Television Series (Majestic)

Submissions may be multi-camera live or live-to-tape productions shot in studio, and must be submitted by the producer. Please submit only one broadcast per individual submission; multiple broadcasts may be submitted as a separate submission.

Outstanding Special Production (Majestic)

Submissions may be multi-camera, live or live-to-tape productions shot in studio. They must be 2 episodes or less, and shot within the course of a semester. The production must be submitted by the producer.

Performance Awards

Outstanding Stand-Up Comedian (Gala)

A video recording of a stand up comedy set from a show of the performer’s choice must be submitted.The video should be no longer than five minutes.

Outstanding Spoken Word Performance (Gala)

A live recording of a spoken word performance from an original poem or prose. Submissions should be no longer than 10 minutes. Please also include a document of your original poem or prose in your submission.

Outstanding Supporting Male Actor for the Stage (Gala)

Supporting male performance in a live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Supporting Female Actor for the Stage (Gala)

Supporting female performance in a live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Television Reporter (Majestic)

A reporter who wrote and appeared in an on-camera news package.

Outstanding Sports Broadcaster (Majestic)

A host or correspondent featured on a television sports or news program. Submissions include talent reels or video compilations of multiple roles and/or shows.

Outstanding Radio Personality (Majestic)

Any hosted radio program. All personal references must be edited out.

Outstanding Television Personality (Majestic)

A host or correspondent featured on a television program. Submissions should include talent reels or video compilations of multiple roles and/or shows.

Outstanding Lead Male Actor for Screen (Majestic)

Male performance in a film or TV series. Submissions should include the video or film that the actor is featured in.

Outstanding Lead Female Actor for Screen (Majestic)

Female performance in a film or TV series. Submissions should include the video or film that the actor is featured in.

Outstanding Lead Male Actor for the Stage (Majestic)

Lead male performance in a live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Outstanding Lead Female Actor for the Stage (Majestic)

Lead female performance in a live theatrical production. A select panel of judges will attend all submitted shows to adjudicate.

Journalism Awards

Outstanding News Article (Gala)

Submission must be an article featured in the news section of a journalistic publication; must be the final published version.

Outstanding Review (Gala)

Submissions include any journalistic criticism article in a journalistic publication; must be the final published version.

Outstanding Opinion Editorial Article (Gala)

Submission must be an opinion article featured in a journalistic publication; must be the final published version.

Outstanding Sports Article (Gala)

Submission must be an article featured in the sports section of a journalistic publication; must be the final published version.

Outstanding Photo Series (Gala)

Submissions include any series of photographs. Digital signatures should be removed. Film photographs must be scanned and submitted online. Drawings, paintings and composites are not permitted.

Outstanding Print Publication (Gala)

Submissions must be an issue of a print publication, ranging from magazines, newspapers, literary magazines, or other print publication.

Outstanding Blog (Gala)

Submissions must be original written content that appears online only.

Outstanding Video Blog (Gala)

Submission must be original video content that appears online only.

Marketing Awards

Outstanding Integrated Marketing Campaign (Gala)

Submissions include any strategic plan that demonstrates and utilizes marketing and PR tactics. This plan may include, but is not limited to, press releases, media alerts, pitch letters, advertisements (television and print), company backgrounders, surveys, web development, and event planning. Must be submitted as a PDF.

Outstanding Advertisement (Gala)

Submissions include any print advertisement used for marketing. This includes flyers, posters, and magazine ads. Must be submitted as a PDF.

Outstanding Public Relations Campaign (Gala)

Submissions include any public relations campaign that encompasses viral and social media aspects. Must be submitted as a PDF.

Outstanding Business Startup (Gala)

Submissions should be an original business proposal or successful original business startup. Include a value proposition, executive summary, and action plan in your submission, additional documents you may want to include are a logo, startup cost breakdown, and a risk assessment. E3 Expo projects are accepted.

Outstanding Web Design (Gala)

Submissions include any personal, organization, or company website designed exclusively by a student.

Marketing Awards

Outstanding Social Advocacy Campaign (Gala)

Submissions include any campaign composed with the purpose of improving a societal issue.

Outstanding Political Campaign (Gala)

Submissions include any campaign composed with the purpose of furthering the agenda of a political candidate, political party, or proposed legislation.

Outstanding Speech (Gala)

Submissions must be a video of a speech given in front of an audience of 10 or more people.