IVY Innovator Award for Film
Deadline: April 20, 2015

IVY Innovator Awards, in partnership with Cadillac, is holding a nationwide contest looking for five finalists and one winner in each of the categories of Design, Technology, and Film.  All 15 finalists will be showcased on, and receive admission to the Cadillac brand advocacy platform (the “Well Driven Network”), which provides access to complimentary tickets to upcoming events from Cadillac partners, as well as a range of other special benefits. The innovative endeavors of all finalists will also be promoted on press materials related to the contest. In addition, the winners of the IVY Innovator Awards presented by Cadillac will be honored at the IVY InnovatorAward Nights, and receive a travel package ($5,000 value) to be utilized to benefit the winner’s career.

Submissions can be sent in online and will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. Those who are short-listed will be evaluated with the hope of being a finalist. 

For more information and to apply, visit

The IndieFEST Film Awards
Deadline: April 24, 2015

The IndieFEST Film Awards are unique in the industry.  Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.  The IndieFEST is about helping industry professionals who create fresh, standout entertainment achieve the publicity and credibility they deserve.  Serving filmmakers is the IndieFEST’s primary goal.  

Submissions are accepted through online application.  Entries are judged by in-house staff.  Quality and creativity are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit.

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Freedom of Speech Competition
Deadline: April 30, 2015

The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) is holding its seventh annual Freedom of Speech competition.  Students are asked to submit a creative 30-second TV or radio PSA about why free speech is important.  Students can submit entries individually or in groups with a chance to win first prize of a $3000 scholarship or second prize of $1000. 

Winners will be notified in July and announced publicly via press release on Constitution Day, September 17th.  The winning PSAs will be made available to broadcast stations nationwide to air during Free Speech Week in October.

Additional details can be found at

Goodwin Popular Culture Essay Award
Deadline:  March 15, 2015

The second annual Goodwin Popular Culture Essay Award will be given in 2016 for the best 2,000-5,000 word undergraduate essay on popular culture. Topics may include (but are not limited to) popular music, TV, film, sports, fashion, or games. 

The Award honors USF Media Studies Professor and popular music fan, Professor Andrew Goodwin (1956-2013). 

The Award includes a cash prize and a certificate. 

Submissions are encouraged from all disciplinary approaches – for example, Media Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Communication Studies, English – as long as they engage analytically and seriously with popular culture. 

All essays should have been developed for class credit and students should be of senior standing.  Submissions may take other forms than written text (for example, video, audio, or photo essays) but all submissions must be analytical in approach. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of faculty. 

Send one copy of your paper in pdf form, or if a multi-media project, send as a web link or on a CD/DVD. Include all contact information ON the paper or on the work.

Send to:  Lydia B. Fedulow, Media Studies Department, KA 103,

Questions to:  Professor Barker-Plummer,