National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Competitions

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) encourage the pursuit of excellence in video production and focuses public attention on outstanding achievements produced by students through the Student Awards. The awards for excellence are presented by the regional chapters of NATAS. Schools within each chapter’s region, that have produced videos as a part of class curriculum or extra-curricular activities, are eligible to enter the Student Awards competition.

“Our competitions give students nationwide the opportunity to receive recognition for their hard work from award winning professionals in the television and video production industries.” said Danielle Mannion, Education Chair, Boston/New England Chapter. “This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism or any of the many occupations associated with visual storytelling.”

Students interested in attending a post high school education should note that an award from NATAS is an important line on any college application. Each winning entry receives an etched crystal pillar award, suitable for any school trophy case. Students can also receive a certificate ready for framing.

Geneva Brignolo, Executive Director of the Nashville/Midsouth Region, who have been granting student production awards for a dozen years, said "Students are thrilled to receive recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences because their work is judged on the same criteria as the Emmy® Awards. Professionals score the entries on content, creativity and execution."

Students can visit the chapter website in their region, then download the instructions for the competition. Most chapters present awards for individual crafts like editing, videography, sound,
talent and writing to name just a few.

And of course, chapters recognize outstanding team achievement in a variety of long and short form program types such as newscast, sports, fiction and non-fiction.”

Each chapter’s deadlines and procedures are slightly different. Students and educators are advised to review the regional chapter in their area as soon as possible. A list of all the chapters
SPAWinner is available on the National Chapters Student Award webpage. In addition, the webpage has a chapter finder at the bottom of the page. Enter the zip code of your school and see which chapter to contact.

Online access makes entering the competition easy. The school uploads the entry to the chapter website and then it is reviewed by professionals. “A unique aspect of many of the competitions is receiving feedback from the judges.” Commented Jim Timmerman, President, Ohio Valley Chapter. He remarked “In addition many NATAS regional chapters also present college level Student Production Awards as well as the scholarships.”

SVN suggests you use the regional chapter finder and review the chapter in your area for SPA deadlines and requirements.