Hometown Media Awards
Important Notice: A new entry and judging platform will be used in 2019 for the Hometown Media Awards. Because of this change, entrants will be required to pay for their entries when they are submitted. Please plan accordingly and be prepared to use a credit or debit card or PayPal upon entering submissions.
The Hometown Media Awards is the Foundation of the ACM’s yearly awards program. It is established to honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels. Proceeds go to ACM Foundation which is exclusively used for facilitating, preserving and promoting education in community media.
Each year thousands of entries are submitted. These entries, or programs, are both submitted and evaluated on several factors resulting in over 150+ award winners. A panel of judges evaluates the entries from the industry. Awards are presented to the most creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way.
The Hometown Media Awards Celebration is the award presentation for winners. The award is a beautiful plaque personalized with the name of the producer, title of the program, and the category for which it won. The Hometown Media Awards Celebration is held in summer at the ACM Annual Conference.
Entering the Hometown Media Awards
Submit Entries Here:
^This link launches a new website where you create an account to upload and review entries.
You must use the button above or https://filmfreeway.com/hometownmediaawards2019 to find our program on FilmFreeway. It will not appear in the search engine on their website.
Eligible Entries – Programs entered must have had their first telecast on a local cable access channel or their initial stream/web distribution on or between January 1 and December 31 the year before. Example: The 2019 Hometown Media Awards entries were of programs first aired in between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.
January 3 – Entries Open
March 1 – Entries Deadline
*Tip: Do not wait until the last minute! Make your submission early.
ACM Member** – $50 per entry
Non-Member – $75 per entry
Student – $40 per entry
**Receiving the Member Price
A discount code was emailed to all current members on 1/3/19 that may be applied to submissions. Call or email the office if you need the code. The prices you see listed on the Hometown Media Award website platform will only show the $75 standard fee. Once you are at the payment portion of submitting your entries, you can apply a member code for the fee to show at the $50 member rate. The discount code does not apply to student entries. Here are the steps:
- Select your project to the appropriate category at the standard fee price
- Click “add to cart and checkout”
- Once on the checkout page, scroll to “Secure Checkout”
- Enter the discount code that was provided in the “discount / waiver code” field
- The code will give you the member rate for each entry in your cart
Please be sure only ACM members with discount benefits use and apply the discount code:
Organizational Members – Only applies to staff and current board directors. Any individual, such as an independent producer who uses an access center for their studio, does not qualify as an ACM member through an Organizational membership.
Individual Members – Those with voting rights to ACM. Does not include Community members.
Disclaimers: Refunds of the difference will not be given to any member who submits an entry at the full price. Any individual who submits an entry at the member rate and is not a current ACM member will need to pay the difference, or become a member. No refunds for anyone who fails to comply, and their entries will result in disqualification. Review the ACM member list online.
A new entry and judging platform will be used in 2019 for the Hometown Media Awards. Because of this change, entrants will be required to pay for their entries when they are submitted. Please plan accordingly and be prepared to use a credit or debit card or PayPal upon entering submissions.
The 2019 Hometown Media Awards Celebration will be held during the 2019 ACM Annual Conference July 10- 12 in Portland, OR.