MVCC Producers Win Eight Philo Awards 2020

MVCC Producers Win Eight Philo Festival of Media Arts Awards in 2020

 Viewers tuning in to the four public access channels of the Miami Valley Communications Council (MVCC) are watching some of the best local programming in the country, and the 2020 Philo Festival of Media Arts results continue to acknowledge this commitment to quality television.

Eight television programs created by MVCC staff and by local producers are among the winners of the 2020 Festival of Media Arts, recognizing excellence in cable programming within the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan region. The award winners will be honored at the Alliance for Community Media Central States Region’s 2020 virtual Philo Ceremony in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 29, 2020. 

The Miami Valley Communications Council received the Overall Excellence – Access TV (Finalist) Award, with this second place achievement recognizing the quality of content found on the educational, community and government access channels of MVCC throughout the year.   

Centerville High School Stadium Safety, produced by the Centerville Police Department, Centerville Communications Director Kate Bostdorff and MVCC Government Producer Richard Diaz, received two awards: Instructional (Professional-Winner) and Promotional Video 3:00 or Less (Professional-Winner). This video explains to stadium visitors the do’s and don’ts of attendance gates, exiting the stadium, and more.

Bluegrass Blowout 2019,produced by Rich LaRue and MVCC Government Production Supervisor Carl Suchomel, was the Performing Arts (Professional-Winner). This annual concert, produced with a team of MVCC volunteers, was held at Centerville High School.

The University of Dayton: The Hanley Sustainability Institute, by local producer Robert Kincses was the Arts/Cultural Awareness (Nonprofessional-Winner). This documentary details the integration of science and art academic disciplines to create sustainable principles for our region.

Undefined, by filmmaker Megan Lee, was the Documentary (Student-Winner).  The film featured a journey through the life of a Vietnam-era United States Marine, community activist, advocate and volunteer.

Fairmont Firebirds Defeats #2 Team in Nation, by producer and announcer Jared Bergstrom, won the Sports Coverage (Nonprofessional-Winner). This is Bergstrom’s second straight year of winning a Philo for sports excellence.

Dancing With the Kettering Stars, by Carl Suchomel and Sam Manavis, was the Entertainment (Professional-Finalist) for this competition featuring dance professionals and local stars. Three programs produced by Miami Valley Communications Council staff are also nominated for Excellence awards, with winners to be announced on October 29, 2020:

West Carrollton: State of the City 2018, by Erika Mattingly and Richard Diaz, for Excellence in Editing.

Centerville High School Stadium Safety, by Kate Bostdorff and Richard Diaz, for Excellence in Editing.

Make TV at MVCC, by Kate Bostdorff and Richard Diaz, for Excellence in Editing.

In total, The Miami Valley Communications Council has received over 200 Philo T. Farnsworth Awards in recognition of the quality local programming provided to residents. Viewers can watch these programs and more on demand at

 The Alliance for Community Media is a nonprofit, national organization founded in 1976 which represents over 3000 public, educational, and government (PEG) access organizations and community media centers across the United States. The Central States Region services Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan.