MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE LAUNCHES THE “MARVELS OF MEDIA AWARDS” TO CELEBRATE MEDIA-MAKERS WITH AUTISM
MARVELS OF MEDIA
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. 20 media works were chosen for awards in 12 categories.
Award categories include: 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.
Free with RSVP, but space is limited. To request a ticket, please complete this form.
An advisory committee of artists, spokespeople on the autism spectrum, and experts in the field helped to guide and produce this program. They are:
Disability Advocate and Scholar Dena L. Gassner
Media Artist Justin Canha
Autistic Advocate, Writer, and Creative Consultant Miranda Lee
Game Designer Chris Dono
Parent Advocate Susana Montes
Occupational Therapist and Author Lindsey Biel
Writer/Comedian Maylin Pavletic
Museum Education and Community Engagement Consultant Michelle López
Visual Storyteller and Educator Paola Quintero, JD, MAAEd
Rosa Martínez, President and Founder of Strokes of Genius, Inc., an organization that promotes artists with autism
Jessye Herrell, Education Director of Tech Kids Unlimited, which empowers neurodiverse students’ lives through technology skills.
The final judges who helped select the awardees are:
Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano
Award-winning actor Tony Goldwyn
President of the Jim Henson Foundation Cheryl Henson
Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer
Journalist Paula Zahn
CEO of Take-Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick
Screenwriter/Filmmaker Tony Spiridakis
Neurodiversity Advocate Wendy Belzberg
former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks Bill Abbott
Marvels of Media Exhibit
March 31–April 30, 2022
A media exhibit in the Museum’s second floor gallery shares the artistry of several Marvels of Media nominees. Twelve screens display short films and playable video games, along with objects and documents relating to the process of moving image making. The creators are filmmakers, artists, writers, animators, bloggers and students on the autism spectrum. They come from many different cultural, social, economic, and artistic backgrounds. The exhibit reveals a diverse artistry, reflecting iconic moments and movements in recent moving image history. It is curated by Sara Guerrero-Mostafa, Miranda Lee, and Tiffany Joy Butler.
Marvels of Media Festival
Wednesday, March 30, Access Rider Workshop for Artists with Disabilities
10am-12pm, Digital Learning Suite, Museum of the Moving Image
Artist-filmmaker April Lin 林森 will give a workshop on creating an Access Rider for media artists with disabilities. Artists who are neurodivergent, have chronic disabilities and/or physical disabilities are all welcome. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Thursday, March 31, Marvels of Media Awards & Exhibition opening
7-8:30 pm, 2nd floor gallery and Redstone Theater, Museum of the Moving Image
Ribbon Cutting of Exhibition at 7 pm, followed by award ceremony from 8-8:30pm.
Saturday, April 9, Film Screenings: ReelAbilities Shorts Recommended by Marvels of Media
1-3 pm, Bartos Screening Room, Museum of the Moving Image
Saturday, April 16, Artist Talk & Rotoscoping Workshop
11 am -1 pm, Fox Amphitheater & Digital Learning Suite, Museum of the Moving Image
Media Artist Carrie Hawks will give an artist talk followed by a hands-on animation workshop combining digital and analog filmmaking. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Saturday, April 23, Film Screenings: Marvels of Media Films
3-5 pm, Bartos Screening Room, Museum of the Moving Image
Special thanks to our Marvels of Media partners:
Original Press Release:
New York, New York, October 12, 2021 — Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) invites all audiences to recognize the creativity and leadership of media-makers with autism. To honor media-makers on the spectrum, MoMI is launching an open call for nominations for the Marvels of Media Awards, the very first media awards ceremony, film festival, and exhibit to celebrate neurodiversity. In March 2022, MoMI will present a free, public film festival featuring selected works of honorees, followed by an awards ceremony. An accompanying media exhibit will share the artistry of these honorees, providing a perspective of media-making through the lens of autism.
Through the Marvels of Media Awards, MoMI further affirms a commitment to supporting the creative endeavors and pursuits of autistic media-makers of all ages and backgrounds. Programs at MoMI dedicated to audiences and media-makers on the spectrum have included sensory-friendly screenings, trainings for parents and teachers on using media puppetry for the benefit of autistic children (held in collaboration with the Jim Henson Foundation), an early-hours educational program hosted by a live puppeteer inside The Jim Henson Exhibition, and disability-forward public events relating to media artistry. These programs are set to resume in winter 2022.
MoMI’s Marvels of Media Awards was developed by the Museum’s education department and leadership in partnership with Josh Sapan, a long-time member of MoMI’s Board of Trustees and the Executive Vice Chairman of AMC Networks.
MoMI is now accepting nominations for the Marvels of Media Awards via FilmFreeway at filmfreeway.com/marvelsofmediaawards. Artists, designers, and other creators working with film, media, animation, game design, and new media may self-nominate by submitting a media work or be nominated by a colleague or organization. Professional, mid-career, and emerging artists working in any area of media are encouraged to apply, as well as students of media and media-makers of all ages. The application is free and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2022. More information can be found on the open call and how to apply for the 2022 Marvels of Media Awards here.
“We are looking for uniquely talented people who have tapped into their creativity and interests to create extraordinary media art,” said Carl Goodman, MoMI’s Executive Director. “If you know someone on the autism spectrum who has made innovative contributions to the media arts, whether they are a student, new to the field, or a seasoned expert, please consider nominating them for this groundbreaking new project to recognize the artistry of autistic media-makers.”
Goodman continues: “We are also indebted to Josh Sapan for conceiving of this initiative and for connecting us with an esteemed judging panel that is sure to stimulate great interest in this first-of-its-kind campaign.”
“In recent years, media-makers on the autism spectrum have made many pioneering contributions to the fields of television, media, and game design,” said Sapan. “As someone who has had a personal experience with neurodiversity in my own family and with some of the most creative makers and leaders I have worked with in my business life, I look forward to honoring these notable stories and achievements, both with an awards ceremony and an exhibit produced to MoMI’s always first-class standards.”
The Marvels of Media Awards is being produced in collaboration with an advisory committee of artists, spokespeople on the autism spectrum, and experts in the field of media including: Disability Advocate and Scholar Dena L. Gassner; Media Artist Justin Canha; Autistic Advocate, Writer, and Creative Consultant Miranda Lee; Parent Advocate Susana Montes; Occupational Therapist and Author Lindsey Biel; Writer/Comedian Maylin Pavletic; Museum Education and Community Engagement Consultant Michelle López; Visual Storyteller and Educator Paola Quintero, JD, MAAEd; and Rosa Martínez, President and Founder of Strokes of Genius, Inc., an organization that promotes artists with autism.
A final judging panel of respected industry experts will include Executive Vice Chairman of AMC Networks Josh Sapan; President of the Jim Henson Foundation Cheryl Henson; Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer; Journalist Paula Zahn; CEO of Take-Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick; Screenwriter/Filmmaker Tony Spiridakis; Neurodiversity Advocate Wendy Belzberg; and former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks Bill Abbott, with more to be announced.
To support this initiative and the programs dedicated to serving and supporting media-makers on the spectrum, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Museum of the Moving Image, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations of $500 or more will include two complimentary tickets to the awards ceremony. Please contact [email protected] to donate.
Join the conversation by using #MarvelsofMediaAwards or by following the Museum on Facebook (@MovingImageMuseum), Twitter (@movingimagenyc), and Instagram (@movingimagenyc).
Are you an autistic media-maker? Do you know an autistic media-maker?
Then submit to the MoMI Marvels of Media Awards!
Museum of Moving Image (MoMI) is honoring autistic media-makers with the Marvels of Media Awards. This is the first program of its kind.
Want to learn more? Here are the submission guidelines:
What is a media-maker?
Media-makers are people who create projects in:
- Video Game Design
- New Media
- All media using moving images
Who is eligible to apply?
- Autistic media-makers can nominate themselves
- Coworkers can submit on behalf of an autistic media-maker
- Organizations can submit on behalf of an autistic media-maker
- Anyone can nominate the work of an autistic Media Maker
Is there a minimum level of experience needed?
No. All autistic media-makers can apply. This includes:
- People of all ages
When is the deadline?
Applicants can submit from now until January 31, 2022.
When will I know if my media is selected for the festival?
You will be emailed by March 2022.
When is the award ceremony and exhibit?
The Marvels of Media Awards ceremony will be on March 31, 2022. The exhibit will be open to the public from April 1 to April 30th.
Where can I get more information and apply?
¿Eres un creador de medios audiovisuales autista? ¿Conoces a un creador de medios audiovisualers autista?
¡Entonces preséntese para los premios MoMI Marvels of Media Awards!
El Museo de la Imagen en Movimiento (MoMI) rinde homenaje a los creadores de medios autistas con los premios Marvels of Media Awards. Este es el primer programa de este tipo.
¿Quieres aprender más? Aquí están las pautas de envío:
¿Qué es un media-maker?
Los creadores de medios audiovisuales son personas que crean proyectos en:
- Diseño de videojuegos
- Nuevos medios
- Todos los medios que utilizan imágenes en movimiento
¿Quién es elegible para postularse?
- Los creadores de medios autistas pueden nominarse a sí mismos
- Los compañeros de trabajo pueden enviar en nombre de un creador de medios autista
- Las organizaciones pueden enviar en nombre de un creador de medios autista
- Cualquiera puede nominar el trabajo de un creador de medios autista
¿Hay un nivel mínimo de experiencia ¿necesario?
No. Todos los creadores autistas pueden postularse. Esto incluye:
- Personas de todas las edades
¿Cuando es la fecha límite?
Los postulantes pueden enviar su candidatura desde ahora hasta el 31 de enero de 2022.
¿Cuándo sabré si mi medio ha sido seleccionado para el festival?
Se le enviará un correo electrónico antes de marzo de 2022.
¿Cuándo es la ceremonia de premiación y la exhibición?
La ceremonia de los Premios Marvels of Media será el 31 de marzo de 2022. La exhibición estará abierta al público del 1 al 30 de abril.
¿Dónde puedo obtener más información y presentar una solicitud?