Today was super exciting as I attended the 2020 Clarion Awards Virtual Recognition ceremony. As many of you know, I won the Clarion Award for the Student Wildcard category earlier this year with interactive media / mini-documentary Women in TV and Film. I have since received the physical award by mail. You can read more about my victory and read the press release here:
Below, find a short except from the ceremony where host Jillian Schillaci announced my award and category.
For more than 40 years, the AWC Clarion has recognized businesses and individuals who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, for the first time ever AWC will be announcing winners and finalists in a virtual event presented via Zoom.
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announced Briana M. Andrews as a WINNER of the 2020 Clarion Award in the Student Wildcard category for her Women in TV and Film, Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary project. Read Press Release.
Winning a Clarion is a great honor and achievement; this award-winning entry will be recognized during a fall virtual event. As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the country, the 2020 competition attracted entries from 20 states and two countries, with entries judged by teams of experts from all aspects of the marketing and communications fields.
This interactive media project and short documentary was created during a New Media Practicum course at Rowan University, led by Writing Arts Professor Rachael Shapiro. Andrews utilized social media as a promotional avenue and culminated with the creation of a short documentary to display individual efforts toward increasing diversity and inclusion in film. This includes behind-the-scenes footage from the Andrews’ produced To Each, Her Throne web series, and the Daughters of Solanas dramedy short from the New York iteration of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Find excerpts from the project at www.womenintvandfilm.com.
Entry Title: “Women in TV & Film – Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary”
Entry Category: Student Wild Card
Organization Name(s): Rowan University
Entrant’s Name(s): Briana M. Andrews
Founded in 1909, the Association for Women in Communications has nearly 1,200 members worldwide. AWC champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. For more than 40 years, the AWC Clarion Awards have recognized small business, large corporate, nonprofit, agency and government communication specialists internationally who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications. For a complete list of Clarion Award winners this year, please visit: www.womcom.org/clarionwinners.
On Monday, March 25, 2019, I was inducted into Rowan University’s Sigma Zeta Chapter of Order of Omega. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and involvement within their organizations, campuses and communities. It functions as an adjunct to traditional organizations and members are selected from the top 10% percent of students within the fraternity/sorority community.
There are 570 chapters of Order of Omega chartered throughout North America with the common goal of recognizing student-leaders and I am proud to be included in this elite group. It also means a lot to me to represent both my organization and the NPHC on this platform.
I’d like to start off by wishing all of our female readers a Happy Women’s Day / International Women’s Day!
You may ask, what is the specific correlation between Women’s Day and Female Filmmakers? However, there is much to celebrate, and 2019 has been a great year thus far for women in film above the line and below the line.
To name a few examples, this year was historic with a record number of women winning Oscars. Also, for the first time in history, each of the major movie studios have at least one female-directed movie slated for release this year. Many are stepping up to the plate with the 4 Percent Challenge and we’ve seen both France and the City of New York issue grants or subsidies to female filmmakers.
There were notable milestones and I am excited for what’s in-store. As women, we need to continue to find our own voices. We also need to push to control both the narrative and our portrayal in film.
This past weekend I attended a Christmas Party / Potluck at INSPIMIND. I completed a Video Production / Multimedia Internship with them this past summer. I drove all the way up from Glassboro to Paterson during finals week to bring my Guyanese Chow Mein dish. As expected, I had a total blast and I commend this organization because I identify with their mission and will continue to support the cause. To my surprise, both the Outreach & Retention Team, and the Programming & Research Team awarded me with Certificates of Appreciation. Happy Holidays!
This means a lot to me. Between a full course load with hands-on production, volunteering, freelance projects, work schedule and joining SGRHO … this semester was among the most challenging ever. HARD WORK PAYS OFF.