Three competitions have recently honored entries from the radio-TV-film (RTF) department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
On March 28, the National Broadcasting Society presented awards at their annual convention in Atlanta. RTF senior Steven Heil took honorable mention awards for two projects. In the category for short film, his entry “The Order” was honored. This haunting film of a totalitarian society had earlier been honored as best student film at the Oregon International Film Festival. Heil also received an honorable mention nod in the category for music video for his work “Dead (R.I.P) by M.A. Johnson.” This video featured the musical talents of RTF senior Mario Johnson, who graduated in December.
On April 14, the Broadcast Education Association presented awards at their annual Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas. UWO came away with two honorable mention awards for student-written screenplays. Senior Ciara Van Gheem was honored in the original TV series pilot category for ‘Pomegranate Seeds,’ the pilot episode of her original series “Persephone,” while senior Hanna Black won in the television spec script category for an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” called ‘Frank vs. February 15th.’
On April 18, The Worldfest/Houston International Film and Video Festival presented its “Remi” awards. Heil won the bronze Remi for a music video in the R&B/Soul/Rap/Hip-Hop category. The video was for the song “Yew Who” by rap musician Scumbag Kea. This competition does not have a student division, so Heil was competing against professional filmmakers.
RTF students at UWO have won 36 regional, national and international awards this academic year.
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