Applying for the Award

This competition seeks essays about film and television history that engage in primary historical research, which involves finding and analyzing primary sources.

In the study of history, a primary source is an artifact, document, diary, manuscript, autobiography, recording, or any other source of information that was created at the time under study. It serves as an original source of information about the topic. The collection and analysis of such sources is central to historical research. For example, if you wished to explore audience reaction to the original release of CITIZEN KANE (1941), a good place to start would be finding published reviews from 1941, many of which should be available at UNLV's library. (You can also reach out to Special Collections & Archives at the library to get assistance locating and accessing primary sources related to your topic.)

All research sources must be cited appropriately using one of the following documentation styles: MLA, APA, or Chicago. Essays should be 1500-2000 words; please state the total word count at the end of your submission.

All UNLV film majors and/or students from other majors who have taken at least two film courses at UNLV are eligible to apply for the award. Only one entry per student may be submitted. (If you make an error and wish to re-submit your essay, start a new application; only your most recent submission will be considered.)

The winner of this year's competition will receive $500.

Submissions will be accepted until April 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Winners will be announced at the UNLV Film Honors Celebration on April 28, 2022.

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