The 35th College Television Awards were held by the Television Academy Foundation on Wednesday, with 13 awards going to filmmakers attending various colleges across the country.
The awards, which recognize demonstrated excellence in entertainment content production, were given out at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, stars of USA’s upcoming comedy series “Playing House,” hosted the ceremony, which was attended by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Max Greenfield (“The New Girl”) and Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) among others.
The winners, culled from more than 1,100 students who participated in the competition, included Temple University’s Michael Busza, Jen Parmer and Jaime Sweet, whose entry “One of the Guys” focuses on a straight roommate living with gay roommates; and Deia Schlosberg of Montana State University, whose documentary “Backyard” explores the fracking industry.
Calling the participants “the future of television,” Television Academy Foundation executive director Norma Provencio Pichardo enthused, “I was absolutely thrilled by the quality and richness of this year’s submissions and nominees, adding, “this year’s nominees conveyed a broad range of topics in truly compelling ways.”
First place winners received $2,000, with second-place winners receiving $1,000 and third-place contestants taking home $500. Winners were also invited to a private mentoring brunch and panel discussion with industry professionals. A selection of winning pieces will be featured on CollegeTelevisionAwards.mtvU.com.
Future editions of College Television Awards, whose past notable winners include “Green Lantern” producer Greg Berlanti and “House” director Julian Higgins, will benefit from a $20 million endowment campaign that’s part of the Television Academy’s $40 million New Look — New Vision — New Destination campaign.
Read the full list of College Television Awards winners below.
Alternative: “Lake Night with Jack Carpenter,” Jack Carpenter, Champlain College
Animation: “Owned,” Daniel Clark, Brigham Young University
Children’s Program: “Lemonopolis,” Hyungjik Lee, Florida State University
Comedy: “In Passing,” Emily Ferenbach and Alan Miller, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Commercial: “San Pellegrino-Natural,” Greta Kählitz, Art Center College of Design
Directing Award: “Kush,” Shubhashish Bhutiani, School of Visual Arts
Documentary: “Backyard,” Deia Schlosberg, Montana State University*
Drama: “Kush,” Shubhashish Bhutiani, School of Visual Arts
Magazine: “alt.news 26:46 #1504,” Marcus Odom and Matt Sloan, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
Music – Best Use: “Chasm,” Richard Williams, Brigham Young University
Music – Best Composition: “The Mutable Life of Oscar Clark,” Alexander Thomas, Northern Arizona University
Newscast: “Brooklyn College News Show 1,” Michael Gomez, Nickesha Johnson and Anthony Tart, Brooklyn College
Series: “One of the Guys,” Michael Busza, Jen Parmer and Jaime Sweet, Temple University