The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and to the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, logo-ohiovalleyeducational and technical achievements within the television industry. As one of nineteen regional chapters, we are the standard-bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Award.


OVNATAS SPA PillarGet ready to show your best work. Plans are underway for the 2016 NATAS Student Production Awards video competition. The awards recognize students’ work produced between May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016. This means the work your students are doing NOW is eligible!

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Ohio Valley NATAS Kicks Off 2015 Student Video Competition

The 2015 High School Student Production Awards video competition hosted by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (OVNATAS) is already underway, even though this year's competition is barely in the rearview mirror.

EmmyLaunch-300Student Production Awards recipients were recognized at a black-tie awards ceremony held on August 2 in Columbus, Ohio.The Call for Entries for the 2015 competition will open March 16 through April 30th.So, why start so early?

"We're getting the word out now about our 2015 competition so that schools can plan their productions," said Leslie Blackston-Favors, Chairman of the Ohio Valley Chapter High School Student Production Awards committee. "When industry professionals judge your entry and provide feedback, you need to show your best work."

Entering the competition is easy. Videos produced as part of a regular curriculum or extra-curricular activities from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015 are eligible for entry. Submissions in a wide range of categories - from news to music videos - to individual craft categories such as writing and directing, are judged on content, creativity and execution.

Winning entries are awarded a Student Production Award crystal pillar. All students listed on the entry receive a special NATAS certificate.

The 2014 competition drew a record number of entries from high schools within the Ohio Valley Chapter region, which includes Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana, but NATAS is still unknown to many when it comes to high school and college video competitions.

The Ohio Valley Chapter is on a mission to change that.

"We're the only organization that provides an ongoing relationship with students that begins in high school and continues as they go through college and later become peer professionals," said Blackston Favors. "Mentoring future Emmy winners is a top priority."

Kari-350Students serious about a career in broadcasting or video production will find that a Student Production Award can open countless doors. Full instructions for entering the 2015 competition will be posted on the Ohio Valley Chapter website in January.

In the meantime, schools should start planning their productions now.

"If your school has a broadcast or video production program, put our Call for Entries on your calendar," said Blackston-Favors.

For more information on the Student Production Awards and to confirm that your school is within the Ohio Valley Chapter region, visit Send questions to .

The following is a list of the 2014 Student Production Awards categories:
News General Assignment
Arts & Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
Music Video
Short-Form: Fiction - New!
Short-Form: Non-Fiction - New!
Long-Form: Fiction
Long-Form: Non-Fiction
Sports - Live Event
Public Service (PSAs)
Public Service/ Community Service
Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
Audio/ Sound



Mark Your Calendar!

Student Express Sign-up Month
Get free access to upload your videos
February 1 – February 28, 2016

Call for Entries Guidelines:
January 31, 2016

Student Production Awards
Call for Entries:
March 1 – April, 30, 2016

Scholarship Applications
November 10, 2015 – April, 30, 2016

Student Production Awards & Scholarship Announcement:
June 15, 2016

Student Production Award & Scholarship Presentation:
August 6, 2016 – Emmy Gala
Lawrenceburg Entertainment Center
Lawrenceburg, IN