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HU Top Private Digital Media Arts Program in Country

For the fourth year in a row, Huntington University animation and film 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.  

This year’s competition was the largest yet including over 1,700 entries from over 300 universities around the world. Of the 18 Best of Festival awards the BEA, Huntington University claimed two of them.   

“It is both a joy and privilege to teach and serve in our digital media arts department,” said Dr. Lance Clark, associate dean of the arts and professor of digital media arts at Huntington University. “When we launched our programs in film, animation and broadcast media 15 years ago we had a vision to be the top school in the nation. Little did I know that we would accomplish that so soon. Prospective students who want a top-notch faith center education in the arts should really look no further than Huntington University and our School of the Arts.” 

In addition to the two Best of Festival awards, Huntington University students garnered the Best of Fest Student Film & Video award in the Film & Video Competition category, as well as the first, second, third place awards and the Award of Excellence in the Student Film & Video Competition Animation/Experimental/Mixed categories.  

“I couldn’t be prouder of our HU Arizona animation program and the work that Christian Washington and the students are doing,” said Phil Wilson, Arizona digital media arts program director. “We brought Christian on just last year, which feels like yesterday, and now his program has won a ‘Best Of.’ This marks two years in a row that HU Arizona has brought home a “Best Of” at BEA. I think it comes down to our hands-on curriculum, hard-working students, and focus on the fundamentals of good storytelling.” 

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 18-21 in Las Vegas. 

Huntington University took home the following honors and awards: 

Best of Fest: “Sleepwalker (Feature Category)” by Matt Webb
Category: Faculty Scriptwriting Category

Best Of Fest: “Tobeus & Toby” by Alyssa Alley, Alexa Bland, Kesmine Hickman, Sarah Wickenhauser
Category: Animation/Mixed
Faculty Advisor: Christian Washington

3rd place: “Adventures of Norm Promo Campaign” by Samantha Creager & Taylor Haywood
Category: Multimedia Sound Design
Faculty Advisor: Adam Widener

1st place: “Stranger” by Chloe Caufield
Category: Student Documentary - Micro Documentary
Faculty Advisor: Phil Wilson

Award of Excellence “Copper Hills Center of the Arts Promo” by Phil Wilson
Category: Commercial or PSA - Faculty

1st place: “Bubble” by Briana Valenzuela, Abi Stewart, Petra Vargas, Kesmine Hickman
Category: Animation/Mixed
Faculty Advisor: Christian Washington

2nd place: “Instruments” by Carley Shepherd
Category: Animation/Experimental/Mixed
Faculty Advisor: Josh Addessi

3rd Place: FDN Sports Intro by Mado Gonzalez, Bronson Dye & Hunter Rose
Category: Animation/Experimental/Mixed Category
Faculty Advisor: Bryan Ballinger and Josh Addessi

Award of Excellence: “Everyday Adventures” by Noah Stinson, Michaela Stinson
Category: Animation/Experimental/Mixed Category
Faculty Advisor: Josh Addessi and Bryan Ballinger

Award of Excellence: “Fire Flower” by Kayla Heidenreich, Nikki Hines, Rebecca Atkins & Kayden Seymour
Category: Animation/Experimental/Mixed Category
Faculty Advisor: Steve Leeper and Curtis Wood

Award of Excellence: “The Fantastic Adventures of the Interstellar Millers Trailer” by Jacob Salsbury
Category: Animation/Experimental/Mixed Category
Faculty Advisor: Josh Addessi

3rd place: “Animated Camera as Narrator in The Wind Rises” by Linus Obenhaus
Category: Instructional/Educational Category
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Webb

Award of Excellence “Against These Things” by Joe Stone and Joseph McNichols
Category: Narrative
Faculty Advisor: Luis Bohorquez

Award of Excellence “Kim” by Chloe Caufield
Category: Narrative
Faculty Advisor: Luis Bohorquez

Award of Excellence “What We Become” by Stephen Davis, Lisette Perez, and Joseph McNichols
Category: Narrative
Faculty Advisor: Luis Bohorquez

Award of Excellence: “Fire Flower” by Kayla Heidenreich, Nikki Hines, Rebecca Atkins & Kayden Seymour
Category: Narrative Category
Faculty Advisor: Steve Leeper and Curtis Wood

Award of Excellence: “Glitch” by Daniel Isaacs
Category: Short Subject
Faculty Advisor: Matt Webb  

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The non-profit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).