HU’s Digital Media Arts Department takes home top honors at BEA Film Festival

On April 18th Dr. Lance Clark was awarded first place in the Faculty Video Category of the Broadcast Educators Association Festival for the Arts for "The Gift of Hope" he directed and produced with Professor Dawn Ford. More than 50 HU students served in key production roles.

Additionally, nine Huntington University film students were recognized by the BEA Festival of Media Arts in the Narrative Video/Broadcast Production category for colleges and universities under 5,000 students. Dr. Lance Clark, Professor Adam Widener, and Adjunct Professor and Studio Supervisor Nathan Hartman were on hand to receive the awards on behalf of the students. The top three student films awarded were:

1st Place – 2015 DMA alumni Ethan Burch and Cassie Kasicki for Flowers of the Fall.

2nd Place – 2015 DMA alumni Luke Myers & Mathis Glover for Brother.

3rd Place – 2015 DMA film students Rachel Hunter, Jonathon Kane, Eric Luce and Ryan Burson for Standardized.


“To receive these awards is a huge honor and really celebrates the professional caliber of work that our faculty and students pour into our productions. Good films really are the result of great stories and this short film has a big heart. I am just honored to have had the opportunity to bring this story to life by working with such an incredible cast and crew,” stated Clark.

The 2016 festival winners were selected from a pool of over 1,500 entries, representing over 175 colleges and universities. The 18 faculty and student winners were honored at the 14th Annual BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on April 18 as part of BEA’s annual convention.

To view HU’s award-winning productions, please visit:

The Gift of Hope Film

The Gift of Hope BEA Award Presentation Video

DMA’s YouTube