WCM Announces Best of the Midwest Media Fest Award-Winners
Shows that win are recognized with one of three awards. From the top they are “Excellence,” “Achievement,” and “Merit.” Of the 181 entrants this year, the judges awarded 34 Excellence Awards, 60 Achievement Awards, and 51 Merit Awards. Ten programs were named “Best in Show” in either the professional or amateur level of seven broad categories.
The fest is also recognizing the public access television series, Pleaz Take Da Stage, with a “Significant Community Program Award.” The Milwaukee public access television center, Mata Community Media, is honoring amateur community producer, Miz Shemmi Gyeez, to recognize the impact she has made with the long-running series. “Ms. Gyeez goes into the community and seeks out talented individuals in the hope of inspiring them with the attention the show provides. She gives them an insight into what is possible when they take advantage of their opportunities,” said Ma Vue, Program Coordinator.
WCM has sponsored the fest since 1998. “The fest was created to showcase great local access television programming and to provide feedback to producers on their craft,” said Mary Cardona, executive director of WCM. Typically, two-thirds of the programs entered are produced by professionals; the rest are produced by amateur community producers. To enter, a video program must have been produced and/or distributed through the facilities of a community media center and premiered on a cable access television channel or its website the previous year. LPFM programs must have been produced locally during the previous year. Since becoming a regional fest in 2013, entries have been regularly coming from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota, as well as Wisconsin. The deadline for entering is early January.
“All year-long local amateur producers and community-based professionals produce shows that contribute to the life of their communities by covering events, talking about local issues, and showcasing local talent. Once a year we take the time to recognize their contribution and we are very honored to be able to recognize their work,” said Cardona.
All tickets are $45 and can be purchased through the wisconsincommunitymedia.com website.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with the Exhibitors Reception and is followed by the 6:30 p.m. Banquet and Show featuring clips from the top Excellence Award entries, Best in Show Award winners, and the Significant Community Program.
The list of all award winners is alphabetized by the producer’s city. Note: LPFM programs are not judged in separate professional and amateur categories.