This year I was selected as a judge for the Tampa Bay Community Network's Annual Video Awards, a competition to honor Tampa Bay Filmmakers. Fellow judges included Art Keeble from the Hillsborough County Arts Council and Karl Hill, Professor of Communications at the Unviersity of Tampa. The judging took place several weeks ago in TBCN's downtown studio but the awards ceremony was held Tuesday evening in the University of Tampa's Grand Salon. The event was broadcast live on TBCN but I'm certain it'll be replayed in the near future. Check your local listings for air times. www.tbcn.org

Here is a complete list of winners from the event..

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

Jack Coletti, The Heart Of Purple Beard

Mariette Coulter, Mariette’s Christmas Special


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING [STUDENT DIVISON]

Andy Levy, Chocalty Difficulties

Chandler Greene, The Fin Whale


DOCUMENTARY

Fred Jacobsen, Living With Nature

Donna Moldovan, What Peace Means To Tampa Bay


EDUCATIONAL [PROFESSIONAL DIVISION]

Nadia Sarmova, Oneiric


ENTERTAINMENT
Mario Nunez, 30 Minutes Is Not Enough

Erik Mishiyev, The Short-E Show

Mark Schonbrun, It’s Not The Wine


INSPIRATIONAL

Vincent Leverenz & Kathy McBride, The Letter

Vincent Leverenz, Countless Pictures

Evalio Harrell, Walking Witness


NEWS
Dean Chambers, Tampa Grapevine


PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Mark Adams, Welcome To The Twilight Zone Where An Increase Is A Cut!


PUBLIC AFFAIRS [PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
]

Jeff Jensen, Plant The Beach


SPORTS, HEALTH & FITNESS

Mark Schonbrun, The Julie Show


TRAVELOGUE
Alexis Muellner & Joni Godlove, Dialing Down On The Open Seas

Congratulations to all this year's winners and to TBCN for hosting such a great event! Thanks for letting me judge. And to all your aspiring filmmakers, dont forget to put this competition on your list of things to do in Tampa Bay next year.