Call for Entries
The Best of the Midwest Media Fest is THE fest to enter if you’re working at the community level through PEG access media centers or LPFM stations. Entries are judged on either a professional or amateur level. Programs win awards based on points earned. Community media managers may also recognize a Significant Community Program that has had a significant impact on your community. These programs are not judged – simply honored at our banquet and show.
All award-winning producers will be celebrated at our banquet and show on April 6 at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront. The banquet is part of a two-day conference (April 6 & 7) sponsored by WCM on community media.
Wisconsin Community Media has hosted an annual video fest to recognize the best in community programming since 1997. In 2013, WCM broadened the Fest to include all public, education, and government (PEG) access producers working in the Alliance for Community Media Midwest Region. Last year, we expanded once again to include all low-power FM producers in the same nine states.
LPFM radio programs must have debuted on an LPFM radio station during the year in one of these Midwestern states. The LPFM radio station does NOT need to be associated with a PEG access center to enter.
Banquet & Show
How to Enter
Fill out the online Entry Form for each program. Wisconsin producers and Friends of WCM will use the Wisconsin Entry form. All others will use the non-Wisconsin Entry form.
Video producers submit URLs and use bit.ly: The Fest is accepting any URL for viewing your program. Because URLs can get extremely long and errors sometimes creep in, the Fest is providing a link to bit.ly in the Entry Form that you will use to shorten your URL for the use of the judges. As a back-up, we are asking that you also give us your original URL. DVDs are not being accepted.
LPFM producers submit an MP3 audio file: The Fest is providing a link in the Entry Form that will go to a dropbox in WCM's MediaFire account. Producers will upload their MP3 files there.
Supporting documents: You can upload supporting documents into the Entry Form. If you need to mail paper copies of these documents, please send four copies to Media Fest Entry Manager at Sun Prairie Media Center, 1350 Linnerud Drive #2, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. Please indicate in a cover letter the program name, entry category, and producer name.
Fill out the online Payment Form for all your entries. Total up the number of entries you have and use just ONE Payment Form to pay. If you decide to enter another show, you may fill out another payment form. WCM highly encourages producers to use just one payment form for all entries.
Paying online. The online Payment Form enables you to pay online through PayPal with either a PayPal account or with a credit card. These options will appear as part of the online Payment Form.
Paying by check. Fill out the online Payment Form and select pay by check. Checks should be made out to Wisconsin Community Media (WCM). If you mail support documents, you can include your check with the documents. Otherwise, please mail your check to the WCM Treasurer, Deb Brunett at Merrill Area Public Schools, 1201 N. Sales Street, Merrill, Wisconsin 54452.
Invoicing. The online Payment Form will give you the option of receiving an invoice. However, payment still must be made by the payment deadline of January 17. If you believe payment may be delayed, contact the Fest.
All categories are open to both LPFM and video programs. All programs must have premiered either on cable television or an LPFM radio broadcast unless the Entry Category has an asterisk (*). If it has an asterisk, it may have premiered on a cable channel, a website, or an LPFM station.
1. The program debuted in 2016.
2. The program is submitted with a letter from the media center briefly stating why this program was nominated and what kind of community impact it had such as increasing volunteerism, increasing understanding of an issue, elevating the profile of a local non-profit organization, or providing a much needed service to a segment of the community.
3. The Significant Community Program is accompanied by an entry fee.
A portion of the letter may be read during the Fest Show. During the show, a representative of the center will introduce the producer and a clip of the program. The producer may choose to talk about the program. Each honoree receives a certificate. The media center may also choose to purchase a personalized plaque or statuette. Significant Community Programs may be entered separately for judging.
Besides an Entry Category, you will also enter your program in one Subject Category that best applies to your program. Each top-scoring amateur and professional entry in each Subject category is awarded a “Best in Show.” Only programs receiving a Merit, Achievement, or Excellence Award will be considered for the “Best in Show” award.
LPFM Program. All LPFM entries will enter this Subject Category.
Client: Government. Your program has been produced by and for a municipality or county or some other government subdivision.
Client: Schools. Your program has been produced by and for a school district or higher education facility.
Public Access Program. Your program has been produced by a member of the community using a community media center.
Produced by Seniors. Your program has been produced by seniors 62 and older. Amateurs only.
Produced by Youth. Your program has been produced by youth, 18 years old or younger.
Produced by College Student. Your program has been produced by a college student.
Cultural/Ethnic. Your program has been produced to celebrate our differences and enhance our understanding of diverse cultural or ethnic groups within communities.
Small Station. The program has been produced at a station with a budget of $50,000 or less. (WCM can confirm. Enter if you think you may qualify.)
The following table shows how programs are judged. Programs are given a score of 1 – 10 for each of these criteria. The chart shows how each criterion is weighted. Because we want the Fest to be an educational experience for those who enter, we are making a special effort in 2017 to encourage all judges to write constructive comments for each entry.
Plaques, Statuettes, and Certificates
Contact Mary Cardona, Executive Director, WCM at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-215-5594.