Awarding the Very Best in Film, Video and Television in West Michigan

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WKTV     West Michigan Film Video Alliance

Best Feature
Richard Brauer, Dogman 2: The Wrath of the Litter

Best Short Film
Andy Fortenbacher, Melonhead

Best Cinema Trailer
Ryan Webber, Finding Home

Best Documentary
Corwin Tobias, Missio Dei

Best Local TV and Cable
Patty Williams, Lare Williams and New Direction: Detour Ahead

Best Local TV and Cable
Angela Peavey, The Redeeming Duck

Best Segment and Promotional Piece
Glen Goen, MeasureUp

Best Online Content
Ben Wilke, Soft Spring Carpets

Best Branded Content
Mike Kren, NutriliteNutrikids

Best Director
Andy Fortenbacher, Melonhead

Best Writing in Produced Content
Ben Wilke, Soft Spring Carpets

Best Cinematography and Videography
Corey Bowman, HUGS Ranch

Best Editing
Corwin Tobias, Missio Dei

Best Visual Effects
Matt Taylor, 2013 KCAD Digital Media Reel Titles

Best Original Scoring
Patty Williams, Lare Williams and New Direction: Detour Ahead

Best Actor
Ryan Webber, County Sheriff: Domestic Dispute

Best Actor
Ralph Lister, Free Pie

People's Choice Award
Clayton Saren, Dave and the Technicolor Toolbelt


  • Primary Categories

    • Film and Digital a.) Narrative Feature length (50+ minutes)
      b.) Narrative Short
      c.) Cinema Trailer
      d.) Documentary
    • Television (Broadcast & Cable) a.) Local TV & Cable (one hour time slot)
      b.) Local TV & Cable (30 minute time slot)
      c.) Regional TV & Multi Market Cable
            (one hour time slot)
      d.) Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable
            (30 minute time slot)
      e.) Local & Regional Segments
            & Promotional Pieces
    • Commercials a.) Local TV & Cable
      b.) Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable
    • On-Line a.) On-line programs, Segments
            or Promotional Pieces
      b.) Branded Content
    submission form

    the crafts

    -Direction
    -Writing in produced content
    -Cinematography and Videography
    -Editing
    -Visual Effects (both CGI and Makeup)
    -Original Scoring
    -Sound Design
    -Acting

    Important Dates

    MAR 21st, 2014 - Submission Window Closes
    APR 14th, 2014 - Nominations Announced
    MAY 1st, 2014 - Gala Awards Ceremony at the
                               City Flats Ballroom, Televised Live

    submission form

    the award process

    An Eclipse in a particular category is awarded after nominees for that category have been chosen. To reach nomination level in the first round, judges in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and London screen your work and decide by a process of scores, which work receives a nomination for the 2014 Eclipse.

    In Categories, judges nominate based on the overall excellence of the work submitted, but not merely the technical excellence, but also the treatment of the content. In other words, is the story told well? Is the subject matter presented in a manner that is above the ordinary.

    Nominees are notified via US Mail and an announcement is then made to the general public.

    For Categories, only the Producer(s) receive the nomination.

    For the Crafts, (Writing, Sound, Cinematography, Acting, etc) the artist receives the nomination.

    After the Nominees announcement, all nominated works are eligible for the Eclipse People's Choice Award. These will be available on the Facebook site for viewing and voting by the General Public. The Eclipse People's Choice Award has one winner.

    During this, judges then proceed onto the second round. It is in this second round that the nominees in each category are selected for the final award. The results of the tabulation from all judges are kept secret until the night of the awards ceremony.

  • links

    • Read FAQPlease read the instructions carefully. Refer to FAQ for questions.
    • info@theeclipseaward.comIf your answer is not found on FAQ, feel free to contact us by email.
    • Files2uAfter your form and payment are complete you will be invited to FTP your work to us via Files2u. All entries have a 4 gigabyte maximum file size. You may not split single entries into two separate uploads.
    submission form

    category info

    • Important Dates

      MAR 21st, 2014 - Submission Window Closes
      APR 14th, 2014 - Nominations Announced
      MAY 1st, 2014 - Gala Awards Ceremony at the City Flats Ballroom, Televised Live

    • Behind-the-Scenes

      Behind-the-Scenes

      The Eclipse Awards exists to promote the West Michigan production community. Consequently, with your entry, we would like any behind the scenes videos or stills that you have of your submitted work. Please know that these videos and stills may be used in the live television broadcast the night of the award ceremony. If used, you will be contacted before hand and proper credit will be given. Refer to your submission form.

    • No Physical Copies

      No physical copies

      To be considered, all entries are done on-line. Because consideration of your submission is done by peers in three countries, the board that governs the Eclipse Awards has eliminated DVD, flash drive and all other physical forms of entry. Entries must be in .MOV format (or .MP4) and will need to be submitted via Files2u.

    • Primary Categories

      Primary Categories

      Make your selection of the Primary Category. Every entry must have a Primary Category. Nominations and final Awards in the primary categories are given only to credited producer(s) of the particular work. Only one recipient is chosen as Best from each Primary category. Check your entry information carefully. It is not possible to change entry information once you have submitted it.

    • Craft Categories

      Craft Categories

      For the Craft categories, nominees are chosen and the final Award given to the creator(s) in that particular craft; i.e. Director of Photography, Writer (of produced works only), Original Score, etc. Check your entry information carefully. It is not possible to change entry information once you have submitted it.

  • frequently asked questions

    • Q. How does the Nomination process work?

      A. An Eclipse in a particular category is awarded after nominees for that category have been chosen. To reach nomination level in the first round, judges in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and London screen your work and decide by a process of scores, which work receives a nomination for the 2014 Eclipse. In Craft categories, work is nominated based on the overall excellence of the work submitted, but not merely the technical excellence, but also the treatment of the content in that category. In other words, is the subject matter presented via a certain discipline, i.e., Photography, Music, Writing, etc. in a manner that is above the ordinary.

      For Primary Categories, only the Producer(s) receive the nomination.

      For the Crafts, (Writing, Sound, Cinematography, Acting, etc) the artist receives the nomination.

      Nominees are notified via US Mail and an announcement is then made to the general public.

      After the Nominees announcement, all nominated works are eligible for the Eclipse People's Choice Award. These will be available on the Facebook site for viewing and voting by the General Public. The Eclipse People's Choice Award has one winner.
    • Q. Am I notified before the ceremony if I've won?

      A. No. We don't even know until the envelope is opened. Nominees are strongly encouraged to attend the official award ceremony.
    • Q. Can I enter a work and select multiple Craft categories?

      A. Yes, but each Craft Category comes with an entry fee. Managing judges in three countries takes a considerable amount of staff time. We suggest you select the Craft category that you believe reflects the strongest element of your produced piece. Your peers doing the judging will take it from there.
    • Q. If my work makes it through the nomination process and the judges select me for an Eclipse, do I have to purchase the statue?

      A. No. The statue is awarded to you for your skill in content creation. Withholding an award until you buy it is in bad taste.
    • Q. What does the $35 entry fee cover?

      A. The $35 entry fee covers a portion of the processing of your submitted work and any other handling we incur. WKTV and the WMFVA cover everything else. (Except your fancy duds worn to the award ceremony.)
    • Q. For uploading, what is the maximum file size?

      A. Your maximum file size for the upload is 4 gigabytes. Files larger than this will be automatically refused. 4.1 gigs is too big. If your master file is larger, downsize through the various available means. You cannot attempt to split one entry larger than 4 gigs intro two separate uploads.
    • Q. Can I have the uploaded file returned?

      A. Unfortunately that is not possible. Rest assured that all submissions are thoroughly deleted once judging has completed.
    • Q. For uploading, what is the procedure and maximum file size?

      A. The Eclipse Awards uses Files2U, a web site specially developed for uploading large files. The link is found on the application page. For distribution to the judges, we prefer to utilize .MOV files, but will accept MPEG. Your maximum file size for the upload is 4 gigabytes. Files larger than this will be automatically refused. 4.1 gigs is too big. If your master file is larger, downsize through the various available means. You cannot attempt to split one entry larger than 4 gigs intro two separate uploads.
    • Q. The award ceremony is televised live. What about broadcast rights?

      A. We request that all nominees grant permission for the broadcast of their material both for the live award ceremony in clip form and in it's entire form on WKTV. WKTV provides publicity to content creators and their work throughout West Michigan as a part of The Eclipse Awards.




























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    5261 CLYDE PARK
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49509

    Phone: (616) 261-5700
    Fax: (616) 261-5706
    E-mail: INFO@THEECLIPSEAWARD.COM
    TYLER@THEECLIPSEAWARD.COM

    Award Ceremony:
    City Flats Ballroom
    77 Monroe Center NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 451-1892

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