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Washington, D.C. – Eighteen faculty and student works have been chosen to receive the BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards – the top awards given during BEA’s Festival of Media Arts, a competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members.

Best of Festival winners will be honored at the 18th Annual BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas on Monday, April 20th as part of BEA’s annual convention.  During the ceremony, recipients will be recognized with a specialized screening of their winning project and a cash award of $1,000 from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation.  The 2020 Best of Festival winners were selected from a pool of over 1,750 entries, representing over 300 colleges and universities in the following competitions: audio, documentary, film & video, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports and two-year colleges.

2020 Best of Festival Winners

Faculty Audio Competition
Don Connelly, Western Carolina University; Haulin’ Radio Waves (Radio Station Promo, PSA, Commercial)

 Student Audio Competition
Nour El-Tobgy, The American University in Cairo; The President Jailed my Grandfather (Audio Category (International))

 Faculty Documentary Competition
Sangsun Choi, Malone University; Written in Stone (Short Form Documentary)

 Student Documentary
Chad Veal, Brendan Wallace & Ethan Leeper, Taylor University; 20 Over (Micro Documentary)

Faculty Film & Video Competition
Keir Politz & Jonathan Mason, Rowan University; Entropia (Narrative Category)

 Student Film & Video Competition
Alyssa Alley, Alexa Bland, Kesmine Hickman & Sarah Wickenhauser, Huntington University Arizona; Tobeus & Toby (Animation/Experimental/Mixed)

Parker Bohner, Madalin L. Stenzel, Lorenzo Phrasavath & Emily Netburn, University of Florida; The Lead (Narrative Category

 Faculty Interactive Multimedia & Emerging Technologies Competition
Ed Youngblood, Auburn University; Domestic Violence Intervention Center Website (Website)

 Student Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies Competition
Uprooted Staff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Uprooted: The Faces of the Venezuelan Crisis (Multimedia Storytelling)

Faculty News Competition
Mike Castellucci, Michigan State University; Coffee House Concert (Television Feature News Reporting)

 Student News Competition
Jordan Elder, Arizona State University; Powering a Nation, Cronkite News, Jordan Elder (TV News Long Feature)

Melissa Duenas, University of Southern California; How Chamorros in the Diaspora are Taking Back Their Culture (Radio Feature Reporting)

Noah Kelly, Arizona State University; Cronkite News Nov. 7, 2019 (TV Newscast (4-Days or More))

 Faculty Sports Competition
Ken Wyatt, East Carolina University; Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football (Short Form Sports Video)

Student Sports Competition
Connor Nichols & Luke Astle, Ball State University; The Comeback Kid: Nick LaVanchy (Television Sports Story/Feature Long)

Faculty Scriptwriting Competition
Matt Webb, Huntington University; Sleepwalker [Feature] (Feature Category)

Student Scriptwriting Competition
David Hyland, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Virtuous Enigma (Original TV Series Pilot)

Student Two-Year College Competition
James Dymond, Los Angeles City College; Blue Lapse (Narrative)

For a complete list of winners for all of the Festival of Media Arts competitions, please visit

About the Broadcast Education Association (BEA): BEA is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.  There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Visit for more information.

About the BEA Convention: BEA’s annual convention is held in conjunction with NAB Show in Las Vegas every spring.  Co-located next door at the Las Vegas Westgate, BEA’s annual convention attracts 1,300 educators and students with 200 sessions, events, research panels, technology workshops and an exhibit hall, making BEA NAB Show’s largest conference partner. Click here for more information.

About the Festival of Media Arts: The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. The Festival provides a venue for exhibition of winning submissions, including recognition of project authors, through showcase and awards sessions held during BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The Festival seeks to enhance and extend creative activities, teaching, and professional standards in broadcasting and other forms of electronically mediated communication.  The “Best of” Festival awards are sponsored by The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation which was established in 1988 to support individuals, institutions and organizations committed to educational excellence and professional development. Visit for more information.

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