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- 848 East Grand
- Chicago, Illinois
Best Documentary Awards
Honorable Mention prizes (up to 2)—$1,000
Entries for the Best Documentary category should document a place, time, person, event, phenomenon or issue. These include but are not limited to: investigative reports, narrative stories, personal essays and audio portraits. We’re interested in work with a social mission and stories that entertain. Musical and historical documentaries are welcome. Profiles and cultural snapshots are welcome. Podcasts and documentaries that redefine the documentary form are welcome.
Directors' Choice Award—$1000
This award is given by Third Coast staff to an entry that strongly demonstrates innovation and creativity in storytelling, sound design and/or overall production style.
Best News Feature—$1000
The Best News Feature (BNF) category honors exceptional news features reported by radio newsrooms and independent reporters worldwide. Submissions should be stories (local, national, international) produced in response to events and issues. Enterprising work that brings new stories to light is also encouraged.
BNF entries should exhibit exemplary reporting and journalistic integrity. As with Best Documentary entries, BNF submissions should begin with a compelling story choice, and exhibit strong writing, creativity and the use of sound where appropriate. BNF entries are not eligible for the Best Documentary Award.
Best New Artist Award—$1000
This award is presented to a producer who entered the audio field between July 2011 and July 2013. To qualify, each entrant must have recorded, written and mixed her/his entry. It is permissible to have worked with an editor, as long as she/he performed in an advisory capacity only. Co-productions are not eligible in this category.
BNA candidates must confirm on the entry form that their submissions were produced in accordance with the guidelines listed above.
This award recognizes a single documentary or feature (regardless of style or structure) that has significantly impacted an individual, group or community. This can be an investigative report that influenced public debate or a radio story that changed the course of an individual’s life, or something else entirely.
For a submission to be considered for the Radio Impact Award, candidates must include a statement (500 words max) on the entry form that offers clear and concise examples of the story's impact.
All winning producers will receive:
- Prizes ranging from $1000 to $4000
- A license for Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software
- A free pass to the 2013 Third Coast Filmless Festival, October 19 & 20 in Chicago
Call for Entries announced: May 15
Early deadline: June 19, noon PDT
Late deadline: July 10, noon PDT
Awards Ceremony: October 20 (Chicago, IL)
Each winner will receive a license for Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software.
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