The Best of the Northwest Awards is a chance for you to showcase exceptional media programs. This prestigious awards contest honors outstanding programs produced by community media/PEG (public, educational, government) access TV and other non-commercial media in the Northwest region (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) of the Alliance for Community Media.

This contest is looking for programs that you take pride in! Programs that people watched and appreciated, that made a difference in your community and demonstrated all that community access has to offer.

For over 20 years, Best of the Northwest has supported television programs that are made on a local level. With your entry, you'll be joining a group of the Northwest's most successful community and local access producers. You'll also be supporting the Alliance for Community Media, an organization that works to preserve community access for future generations.

Entries will be judged at community media centers outside of the Northwest Region.

The awards ceremony will take place on March 13, 2020, in Tacoma, Washington!

Best of the Northwest grants awards in eighteen categories, as well as our highest award for Overall Excellence in P.E.G. Programming. Award winners are presented with a plaque for their outstanding program and Honorable Mentions are given a framable certificate.

The awards ceremony will take place on March 13, 2020, in Tacoma, Washington.

1. By entering the Best of the Northwest Video Awards, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the following Rules for Entry, including eligibility and submission requirements. You also give permission to the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Region to present one or more clips from your video/audio to an audience on cable access channels, on the internet, and at the Awards Ceremony.

2. Video/audio entries must have had their first broadcast showing on a community media/PEG channel, local origination channel, podcast, or broadcast in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. (Entries do not need to have aired in order to be considered.) PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) channels refer to three different cable television narrowcasting and specialty channels on local cable television systems.

3. Programs that are currently in any form of commercial distribution are not eligible for entry. All entries must be non-commercial programs originally produced to play on PEG access centers, local-origination cable channels, podcast, or produced with Community Media Center equipment/facilities between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 in the Northwest region (U.S. States of: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; Canadian Provinces of: Alberta and British Columbia) of the Alliance for Community Media. Entries do not need to have aired in order to be considered. ENTRIES AIRED/PRODUCED OUTSIDE OF THE NORTHWEST REGION ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY.

4. Entries may be submitted in as many categories as apply to the content of the program. One award will be presented for each category.

5. All entries in all categories can be from professionals and non-professionals alike.

6. All entries must be submitted no later than January 17, 2020.

7. Entries for the Overall Excellence in Public, Educational, or Government Access Programming Award must be submitted by a public, educational and/or government (PEG) access center that manages a combination of PEG services and channels.

Overall Excellence entries must be a compilation reel including excerpts from at least 6 different programs. Titles may be added to identify clips. The total running time of the reel cannot exceed 20 minutes.

If any of these rules are not clear, please email for more information.

Overall Rating
  • It is very special to win Best of the Northwest for a series I have produced continually since 1986. I appreciated the timeliness of the results. To cancel the awards ceremony was unfortunate, it seems like something could be pulled together for that.....I suggest next year, have the ceremony and announce the winners in advance so they will know they have won and can make extra effort to attend the ceremony. It would be nice to be able to see the scorecards/evaluations that the judges filled out so we would have input about how to improve our future work. I didn't attend the conference, so my ratings for hospitality and networking don't apply. Overall, I am appreciative of this opportunity and very grateful to be a winner.

    April 2019
  • Mary Katzke

    What an honor to be acknowledged all the way from Alaska with our winning entry, I'm Still Inside.

    May 2018
  • Gene Bernofsky

    Thank you for a wonderful, fulfilling and lovely event and festival. I was able to attend from Missoula, Montana and enjoyed every minute. The presentation of the access film clips was beautiful and rewarding. For myself, films produced under the banner of Public Access are the most meaningful, healthy, democratic, creative and potent media. Love you all!

    April 2017