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Taylor University Film and Media Program Wins 300th Award

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The short documentary Cos Wars: More than a Hobby has been accepted into the Lake Michigan Film Competition, marking the 300th recognition in the 13 years since the Film and Media program was launched at Taylor University. The Cos Wars project’s producer, Hannah Goebel, said, “We’re so excited that Cos Wars is being recognized at another Midwest film festival, and I’m thrilled to be on the list of amazing awards that Taylor film students have received.”

Cos Wars previously won an Outstanding Student Production Award, known as the Crystal Pillar, from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter, the organization that gives Emmy Awards to television broadcasters.

Taylor’s Film and Media Arts program is known for its hands-on production work in film, television and video. Students work with RED Weapon 8K cameras, Zeiss lenses, Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve for editing. Faculty bring years of experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling, immersing students in significant projects that enhance their resumes.

“It’s always exciting when our students’ work gets into a film festival or wins something in an award competition,” said John Bruner, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Arts. “It’s an acknowledgment that our students are working at a professional level.”

Taylor films have been recognized by a variety of film festivals including:

  • National Film Festival for Talented Youth
  • Heartland Film Festival
  • Toronto Film Week
  • Bahamas International Film Festival
  • Film Dayton
  • DIY Film Festival
  • Imago Film Festival

Television programming made by Taylor students has been highlighted at:

  • National College Television Awards
  • Disney’s Imaginations competition
  • National Student Production Awards hosted by College Broadcasters, Inc.,
  • Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts

Taylor video productions, such as those produced on behalf of corporate or not-for-profit organizations, have received awards from award competitions including:

  • Videographer Awards
  • Communicator Awards
  • Hermes Creative Award
  • Aurora Awards
  • Marcom Awards
  • Summit Creative Awards

Regionally, Taylor student work has received recognition from:

  • Indiana Association of School Broadcasters
  • Hoosierdance Film Festival (Kokomo)
  • Hobnobben Film Festival (Ft. Wayne)
  • River Bend Film Festival (South Bend)