HU Arizona Tops Own Emmy Nomination Record

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has released its 2019 nominees for Student Production Awards, and Huntington University Arizona is once again a contender in several categories. In fact, Huntington University Arizona student projects have received 11 nominations for this year’s awards – the most nominations Huntington University Arizona has ever received in a year. 

“We are proud of the great work our students are creating that has resulted in the 11 nominations this year,” said Jeff Berggren, director of Arizona operations. “Not only is this the highest number of nominations Huntington has received in one year, but they also reflect projects from 3 of our programs, as animation, broadcast and film are all represented. The nominations demonstrate the breadth of talents we have in our HU community, with writers, directors, videographers, animators/special affects artists, photographers, audio/sound editors and their crews all represented in the nominations.”

Categories with Huntington University Arizona nominations include College Short Form Fiction, College Short Form Non Fiction, College Animation/Graphics/Special Effects, College Audio/Sound, College Director and College Photographer. 

Jose “Pepe” Sifuentes, a graduate of Raymond S. Kellis High School, also received a nomination in the High School Student Craft Editor category for his “Basketball Intro Video.” Sifuentes took classes from Huntington University Arizona while in high school. He is currently starting his freshman year at Huntington University Arizona.  

The Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards are focused on recognizing outstanding work in television, with a goal to acknowledge professionals in all roles in the television industry. They are a chapter region that focuses on the areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and El Centro, California. 

The Student Production Awards will take place on Saturday, September 14, at the Omni Montelucia Resort. For more information, please visit

Huntington University Arizona Nominees:

  • College Music Video: “Will He” – Kenny Gondales, director/talent, Jayson Miller, camera operator
  • College Short Form Fiction: “Motions” – Stephen P. Davis, writer/director/producer/editor
  • College Short Form Fiction: “Perfect Match” – Tatyana Keller, producer/writer/director/editor
  • College Short Form Non Fiction: “Fallen Feathers” – Matthew Torres-Gomez, producer/director/writer/talent
  • College Short Form Non Fiction: “Hollywood Don Yates” – Joseph Stone, producer/director/editor
  • College Animation/Graphics/Special Effects: “Wick” – Koby Yandell, director, Richard Sawyers, editor, Nathan Holt, animator, Alexa Bland, animator, Sarah Wickenhauser, animator, ReAliti Ibsen, background design
  • College Audio/Sound: “Road Trip” – Olivya Bryant, producer/editor, Janet Rashell, producer/audio technician, Samantha Halvorsen, producer/editor, Madelyn Benavidez, producer/audio technician
  • College Director:“Against These Things” – Joseph Stone, director
  • College Photographer: “Kenny Gondales – Photography” – Kenny Gondales, photographer
  • College Photographer: “Chloe Caufield – Photography” – Chloe Caulfield, photographer
  • College Photographer: “Joesph McNichols – Photographer” – Joseph McNichols, photographer

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. The facility, a 30,000 square-foot building, houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work.