It’s not often someone picks up both an Oscar and a CINDY on the same day, but in 1994, documentary producers Susan and Alan Raymond did. The Raymond’s won for “I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School”. The Raymond’s are among America’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers whose work has influenced and changed the landscape of American television.
Presented on behalf of feature film actor, producer and director, Robert Townsend, the Social Issues Award is awarded to a production that documents an important social issue or tells the story of a program or individual who is helping to solve a social ill. The Robert Townsend Social Issues Award is one of five remaining “Special Awards” that will be announced throughout the month of March.
WYCLEF JEAN MUSIC VIDEO
Twenty years ago, Wyclef Jean received a CINDY Award for the music video “Anything Can Happen”, from his debut solo album, “The Carnival”. Watch the video here.
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC SPOT
One of the rare occasions you will see commercials air on PBS are those for Viking River Cruise at the beginning of Masterpiece Classic. Here is the CINDY winning “Episode 2” spot that was produced by White Rain Films. Watch the video here.
AARP WINS MULTIPLE CINDYS
AARP Studios, the media production unit of AARP, captured multiple CINDY awards in 2016 for programs entered in categories for Documentaries, Music Videos and PSAs.
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CINDY AWARD VIDEO GAME HISTORY
“The 11th Hour”, produced by Trilobyte, was a 1995 CINDY award-winning video game. It was designed by Graeme Devine and Rob Landeros. View the game here.
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CINDY has developed into the premier international audio-visual competition for both linear and interactive media for nearly 60+ years. Each year, CINDY draws thousands of entries from dozens of countries around the globe. A host of media formats are represented in the competition, including online interactive multimedia, video, audio, mobile apps and more.
The Cinema in Industry (CINDY) Awards is pleased to announce the CINDY Gold award-winning video, “Over 40? No Donuts for You!” produced by AARP Studios, is also the winner of the 2016 John Cleese Comedy Award for effective use of humor in a production. AARP Studios is located in Washington and is the in-house media production unit of AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons). The video targets those approaching mid-life who are concerned about age discrimination in the workplace. Take a look at: https://youtu.be/UYCxAIqjyCA
The 1st Runner-Up is Vulcan Productions of Seattle for “How to Master Debate”, one of 20 short clips at wethevoters.com designed to educate voters in a nonpartisan way about the 2016 US election. Vulcan is headed by Microsoft co-founder, Paul G. Allen.
The 2nd Runner-Up is Hans Tsai from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His animated short “KNOB” on the subject of good hygiene requires no formal introduction. KNOB was written and directed by Hans Tsai, co-directed by Yayu Chen and Yi Lee, produced by Lindsay Elgin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww22UCUrTIk
The John Cleese Comedy Award is named for the British comedian of Monte Python fame. Cleese knows humor is an incredibly effective learning tool famously declaring “He who laughs most, learns best”. Along with television broadcaster/director Antony Jay, Cleese founded Video Arts in 1972 to produce an extremely successful series of business training films. Describing a character he frequently portrayed in those films, Cleese said “I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.” This Special CINDY Award was established in 1989.
Since 1959, the Cinema in Industry (CINDY) Awards has been honoring the best in interactive and linear media. CINDY awards are presented to individuals or groups who produce programming that achieves the highest levels of excellence in production value and message effectiveness. Extensive background on the CINDYs is available at http://www.CINDYs.com
For all of the 2016 CINDY regional and international events, over 8900 entries from around the globe were judged, covering 170+ subject-matter categories of linear and interactive media and delivered on a variety of platforms. Programming included non-theatrical educational and training websites, videos, podcasts and webinars, as well as films, commercials, documentaries, infomercials, music videos and other applications.
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ENTRIES WIN IN VARIETY OF CATEGORIES
The 1967 Camero roll-out was a CINDY winner for the producer, Sandy Corporation. Ross Roy Communications likewise received a CINDY for the Dodge Viper introduction. The 2012 Volkswagen line introduction earned Campos Creative a CINDY. In 2016, CINDY Winners included a commercial forIndian Motorcycle’sintroduction of their Scout Sixty model produced byTeam One Advertisingand two sales and training submissions from Designory for theInfinity Q60. Tilling Productions, London, picked up a CINDY for “Castrol Heritage”in the employee communications category.
GRAMMYS WON A CINDY
In 1996, NARAS had a CD-ROM produced and distributed of all GRAMMY winners that year. It received a Gold CINDY Award in Interactive Media.
JOHN CLEESE COMEDY AWARD TBA February 20th
Since 1989, this award has been presented to a production for conveying a message using humor. The John Cleese Comedy Award is one of six “Special Awards” that will be announced over the next three weeks.
2016 STUDENT PRODUCTION WINNERS
CINDY winning student productions came from a variety of institutions including George Mason University, Ball State, Farleigh Dickinson University, Missouri State, William Patterson University, the School of Visual Arts-NYC and the Community College of Philadelphia. Since 1959, over 80 colleges and universities world-wide have received CINDY Awards.
NALIP & NBPC big winners
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the National Black Programming Consortium received their very first CINDY awards for broadcast programming.
HISTORIC CINDY MOMENT
On March 25, 1960, Master of Ceremonies Ronald Reagan presented awards at the 2nd Annual CINDY Award banquet held at the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Winners included IBM Corp., Southern Pacific Railroad, Lockheed, US Air Force, Sears and the Milwaukee Gas Light Co. Sustaining member Consolidated Film Industries celebrated their 40th anniversary with a full-page ad on the back of the banquet program
Since 1959, the coveted CINDY Award has been presented to thousands of producers world wide.
SPECIAL AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Special Award winners for 2016 will be announced over the next 4-6 weeks. These include the Robert Townsend Social Issues Award, the John Cleese Comedy Award and five others. All CINDY entries are automatically eligible to win any Special Award. For more details, go to:http://cindys.com/special-awards/
PUBLIC BROADCASTING WINNERS FOR 2016
For years, PBS, their affiliates and contract producers creating content for public broadcasting have been winning CINDY Awards. Among these are KUED-Salt Lake City, David Isay (of “Story Corp”), WNET-New York, Peter Argentine, KQED- San Francisco, Maria Hinojosa (of “Latino USA”) and KPBS-San Diego. 2016 winners include Vulcan Productions, WLIW-New York, Nebraska Educational Network Learning Services, WNED-Buffalo, the National Black Programming Consortium, WGBH-Boston, Central Sound at Arizona PBS and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
STOCK FOOTAGE LIBRARY USE AWARD WILL DEBUT IN 2017
Beginning with the Spring International CINDY Event, the exceptional use of stock footage will be honored. The new award will be formatted along the lines of our“Stock Music Library Use Award” in that the content producer and the footage library utilized will both be recognized. We will announce one top production and two runners-up each year. All entries in both the Spring and Fall International events, as well as the 14 Regional events will be eligible to win. Winners will be announced in February, 2017.
PRODUCTION MUSIC AWARD ADDED RUNNERS-UP IN 2016
This is the third year for the Stock Library Production Music Award. This Special CINDY Award not only recognizes the producer but the library used in the winning entry as well. For the first time this year two runner-ups will also be recognized.
HISTORIC CINDY MOMENT Pat Sajak was the Master of Ceremonies at the Los Angeles CINDY Awards banquet in the ‘70s.
Actor, director, producer Robert Townsend has been on the forefront of social commentary for many years. This award, presented since the early 1990’s, honors a production dealing with a serious issue facing society or documenting a solution to a problem. Content has covered a wide range of issues from American race relations and HIV/AIDS to immigration and global warming. The goal of the Robert Townsend Social Issues Award is to draw attention to these important issues and for the people who find solutions and bring about positive change.
STOCK FOOTAGE LIBRARY USE AWARD WILL DEBUT IN 2017
Beginning with the Spring International CINDY Event, the exceptional use of stock footage will be honored. The new award will be formatted along the lines of our “Stock Music Library Use Award” in that the content producer and the footage library utilized will both be recognized. We will announce one top production and two runners-up each year. All entries in both the spring and Fall International events as well as the 14 Regional events will be eligible to win. Winners will be announced in late November, 2017.
Programs that document historic events have been routinely honored over the years by the Cinema in Industry (CINDY) awards. The National Geographic film “The Tigris Expedition” (1979) and Ben and Jacqueline Phillips Shedds’s “The Flight of the Gossamer Condor” (1978) are two fine examples