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The Marvels of Media Awards at Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) is the very first media awards ceremony, festival, and exhibit to celebrate media-makers on the autism spectrum. The open call for the first edition of this annual program received 3,071 nominations from 117 countries. Twenty media works were chosen for awards in 12 categories. 

Award categories included: Animated Short, Collaborative Innovation, Digital Art, Documentary, Experimental Film, Mockumentary, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Series, Video Game, Student Animated Short, and Student Video Game. 

MoMI’s Marvels of Media Awards was developed by the Museum’s education department in partnership with Josh Sapan, a long-time member of MoMI’s Board of Trustees and the Executive Vice Chairman of AMC Networks. Through the Marvels of Media Awards, MoMI supports the creative endeavors of media-makers on the spectrum, of all ages and backgrounds. 

Presented with support from Sapan Studios. 

Call for Nominations 

MoMI is launching the open call for nominations for the second annual Marvels of Media Awards. On March 30, 2023, MoMI will present an awards ceremony celebrating the selected works of honorees followed by the opening of the exhibition. This accompanying exhibition will share the creativity, leadership, and artistry of these honorees, providing a perspective of media-making through the lens of autism. In April, MoMI will present a free, public film festival. 

Apply by January 31, 2023! 

Click here to nominate a film or media work. (Use code MARVELS to waive the submission fee on Film Freeway.) 

Click here to nominate a video game. 


Special thanks to our first committee of artists, spokespeople on the autism spectrum, and experts in the field who helped to guide and produce this program: 

Dena L. Gassner, Disability Advocate and Scholar
Justin Canha, Media Artist
Miranda Lee, Autistic Advocate, Writer, and Creative Consultant
Chris Dono, Game Designer
Susana Montes, Parent Advocate
Lindsey Biel, Occupational Therapist and Author
Maylin Pavletic, Writer and Comedian
Michelle López, Museum Education and Community Engagement Consultant
Paola Quintero, JD, MAAEd; Visual Storyteller and Educator
Rosa Martínez, President and Founder of Strokes of Genius, Inc.
Jessye Herrell, Former Education Director of Tech Kids Unlimited 


The final judges who helped to select the awardees were:  

Joe Pantoliano, Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor 
Tony Goldwyn, Award-winning actor 
Cheryl Henson, President of the Jim Henson Foundation 
Brian Grazer, Academy Award–winning producer 
Paula Zahn, Journalist 
Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive 
Tony Spiridakis, Screenwriter/Filmmaker 
Wendy Belzberg, Neurodiversity Advocate 
Bill Abbott, former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks 

Click here for information on the past exhibition. 

Click here for information on the past festival programming.  


Special thanks to our partners: 

Pictured in slideshow at top:

1) Dani Bowman, Marvels of Media Awardee, in the gallery space for the Marvels of Media Exhibition in March 2022. Photo: Thanassi Karageorgiou.

2) Museum visitors visit the Marvels of Media Exhibition and view Dak' Toká Taíno by Alba Enid García Rivas and puppet by Julio Garay. Photo: Thanassi Karageorgiou.

3) Rick Glassman, Albert Rutecki and Jason Katims accepting the Marvels of Media Series Award. Photo: Thanassi Karageorgiou.