WHAT ARE "THE WAVES":
W.A.V.E. stands for Western Access Video Excellence. This amazing Awards program is part of the Western States Regional Conference and Trade Show for the Alliance For Community Media (ACM). This contest is open to residents of CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, COLORADO, HAWAII, NEW MEXICO and ARIZONA.

WHAT IS THE "ACM":
The Alliance, as it is known, is a national network of affiliate TV and Radio stations and Public Access advocates whose mission is to promote free speech and greater civic engagement through Community Media. We support public media outlets so communities can find relevant local content from respected sources. The "ACM West" region represents hundreds of local affiliate stations from the six western states.

WHY CHOOSE THE WAVES:
By competing in the WAVE AWARDS, you add your voice to thousands of others interested in Public Access to the media. By submitting, you are allowing this non-profit affiliate network specific access to your film, TV show or web series. This GREATLY increases your visibility and potentially exposes many, many more to your unique voice.

March 2018 CONFERENCE and AWARDS:
You are invited to the annual WAVE AWARDS SHOW and ACM WEST Fall conference in beautiful Sacramento California March 15th-17th with the WAVE AWARDS happening on the evening of the 17th. The conference educates content creators and TV stations on production techniques, media center management and important legislation that affects free speech in America!

For Conference registration information go to:
www.ACMWest.org

Awards & Prizes

The WAVE award: This prestigious plaque is a symbol of the best TV and new media programming from a 6 state western region. WAVE winners are recognized in Community Media, Commercial TV and Film for their excellent productions.

Rules & Terms

3 Divisions of Entry:

Who can enter: Anyone who lives or produced their project in any of the following states: California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii and Colorado.

PROFESSIONAL PRODUCER:
This is anyone who creates video as a primary source of their income or who was paid to create the program being submitted. These professionals have previously submitted the work in question to an ACM affiliate Public Access TV station or media center. These submitters are asked to please name the media center they submitted to.

COMMUNITY PRODUCER:
These are non-professionals who have previously submitted the work in question to an ACM affiliate Public Access TV station or media center. These submitters are asked to please name the media center they submitted to.

COMMUNITY PRODUCER (YOUTH):
These are under 18 non-professionals who have previously submitted the work in question to an ACM affiliate Public Access TV station or media center. These submitters are asked to please name the media center they submitted to.

COMMUNITY PRODUCER (NON-AFFILIATE)
These are producers who are not paid professionals and who are not members of any affiliated Public Access TV stations.

FOR ALL ENTRIES:

A) Entries must have been created between September 2nd 2016
and September 1st 2017 or have had their first public showing between those same dates.

B) By submitting, you agree to allow any member TV station or outlet within the ACM west to play your submitted content via their non-profit channels with the understanding that no specific profit will be accrued from the playback of such content.

C) Entries must be received no later than December 6th, 2017. All submitted programs must have been produced by individuals or organizations within the ACM Western States Region (Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico).