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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Marion County Student Media Festival returns this week

The Marion County Student Media Festival is returning in a virtual format this week to award local students for their outstanding work in the audio and video production fields.

The virtual awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. on the Marion County Public Schools YouTube channel. Throughout the month of April, the ceremony will also be available to watch on Fridays (7 p.m.), Saturdays (7 p.m.), and Sundays (2 p.m.) on the Marion Education Channel.

The 21st annual festival will showcase the outstanding work created by audio and video production students at all grade levels throughout Marion County Public Schools.

This year, students submitted 247 entries from 18 different schools. In March, nearly three dozen industry experts judged the online entries in 12 categories and four age groups.

Certificates and awards will be delivered to students at the winning schools, along with four ‘Best of Show’ prizes for grade levels K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Best of Show honors will include trophies, bragging rights, and $1,000 cash prizes for the schools.

Two additional honors will also be announced during the ceremony. The THEME Award, which is short for the Teri Hartley Effort in Media Education Award, will spotlight the ability of students for entries that fall just short of ‘Best of Show’ honors. Hartley, who lost her battle with cancer in 2013, was a festival founder who devoted many hours to recognizing students for their work.

The inaugural Joel Hartley Achievement in Cinematography Award will also be given to one entry which demonstrates a relentless pursuit of excellence in audio/video production. It is named for Joel Hartley, a district photojournalist/videographer for 18 years whose passion for audio/video direction contributed to the festival’s ongoing success. Last year, he lost his battle with COVID-19.

For more information, contact the Public Relations Office at 352-671-7555.