Awards & Press

• Awards • Press •


Spark works hard to give our students an opportunity to share their art with other young people. Although we host multiple screening events each year, and create content for DROP TV, we also submit student work to Film Festivals and competitions around the world. Both the youth-produced and professional work created through Spark has been shown in film festivals including Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and Do It Your Damn Self!! Film Festival; and has received multiple awards, including:

        • 2016 “Best in Show”, awarded by #HVGives for the Virtual House Party Fundraising Campaign
        • Audience Choice Award, Lower Hudson Region NYSMATA Media Arts Show (2016)
        • 1st place in Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health’s “Be Tick Free!” Media Contest (2016)
        • Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance & NYS Senate: National Disability Employment Awareness Month – Official Recognition (October 2015)
        • The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts Communicator Award: Commercial Campaign – Guardian Storage Campaign (Forge Media, 2015)
        • Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce: Headliner Award – Out of the Box Innovator (Forge Media, 2015)laurels_evff_2014
        • NYS Media Arts Teachers Association: Exemplary Media Art Award; Audience Choice Award – A Problem (2015)
        • Children’s Film Society of Bangladesh: Official Selection (2015)
        • Embarrass Valley Film Festival: Official Selection (2014)
        • Vassar Brothers Medical Center Spirit Award (2011)
        • Best of the Hudson Valley: Best Things to Come Out of the Quad
        • Celebration (besides that bridge) for the Walking History Game (2010)
        • Richard K. Wager Workplace Inclusiveness Award(2010)
        • 2009 Make Talk Work International Video Competition, 1st Place in Youth Category
        • Best Youth-Produced Series for DROP-TV from the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (2007)
        • Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards, Arts Organization (2008)
        • FilmColumbia Festival of Film, First Prize, Age 15 and under (2008)
        • Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Gala, Video Award (2008)
        • Bronze Telly Award for Anti-Gang PSA (2007)
        • Bronze Telly Award for Shadowhood: A Hero’s Journey (2007)
        • Dedication and Commitment Award from the Dutchess County HIV
          Planning Council (2007)
        • Miami Children’s Museum Certificate of Appreciation, Film Festival (2006)
        • Certificate of Recognition from Do It Your Damn Self National Youth Video and Film Festival (2003)

      • 1st place in Short Fiction/Comedy at Hudson Valley Student Film Festival (2007)
      • 3rd place in Public Service Announcement at Hudson Valley Student Film Festival (2007)
      • 3rd place in Documentary at Hudson Valley Student Film Festival (2007)
      • Best Animation Award and Best PSA from NYS Youth Bureau Film Festival (2006)
      • Chicago Film Festival Certificate of Merit for Shadowhood: A Hero’s Journey (2006)
      • Insight Award of Recognition (2006)
      • 1st place iCademy Award in Students 7-12, Instructional Video (2002)
      • ITVA Achievement Award (1998)


There’s always something new happening at Spark. Although we work diligently to spread the word, news organization help provide invaluable coverage, spreading the good word far and wide!

“Dutchess Awarded Millions for Local Projects” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Spark Media Project to Merge with Mill Street Loft” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“What’s New on the Business Scene” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

” ‘Beautiful North’ Author Shares Story at Big Read” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Big Read Novel Puts Focus on US-Mexican Border” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Teen-produced Films Showcased at Reel Expressions Festival” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Film Festival Celebrates Young Creativity, Enterprise” – Vassar College’s Miscellany News (2016)

“Future Filmmakers Spark First Friday Festival” – (2016)

“Cortlandt, Peekskill to Benefit from Grants for Hudson River Research and Education” – Peekskill Patch (2016)

“Spark Media Project Looks to Ignite Interest in Film Fest” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Hudson Valley Youth Featured in International Film Festival” – Teaching the Hudson Valley (2016)

“A Spark of Creativity Ignites On Screen” – (2016)

“Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival” – Chronogram (2016)

“Spark Media Project Youth Film Festival Offering Free Tickets” – Happy Hudson Valley (2016)

“The Howland Library’s Teen Scene” – Chronogram (2016)

“Fun Things to Do: So long, Summer; Hello, Autumn” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Summer Shorts at the Underwear Factory” – (2016)

“Teens Target Waterfront in ‘Poughkeepsie, Connected’ “ – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

” ‘Poughkeepsie, Connected’ Brings Spark to the Riverfront” – (2016)

“Video Workshop Pays Teens to Learn Skills” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016) – Written by a Spark Youth Producer!

“Free Filmmaking Workshops for Teens All Summer Long at Local Library” – Happy Hudson Valley (2016)

“Spark Media Project Offers Teens Free Filmmaking Classes” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Spark Media Project Offers Summer Programs for Teens in Hudson” – Daily Freeman (2016)

“Spark Media Project throwing virtual house party” – Poughkeepsie Journal (2016)

“Today: Hudson Valley Gives!” – (2016)

“Spark Media Project wins ‘Be Tick Free’ Contest!” – (2016)

“Spark Media, libraries, launch youth-training program in Mid-Hudson” – The Daily Freeman (2016)


“Learning Skills Today for a Better Tomorrow” The Register Star (2015)

“Millbrook Intensive Brings Film Tricks and Treats to Youth” The Millbrook Independent (2015)

“Food and Farming Film Festival Addresses Theme of Hunger” Poughkeepsie Journal (2015)

“Spark Media Honors Young Filmmakers” Hudson Valley News Network (2015)

“Community Foundations [of the HV] Helps ‘Grassroots’ Non-Profits” Poughkeepsie Journal (2015)

“It Begins With a Spark” Hudson Valley News Network (2015)

“‘New Year’ Brings Plenty of Opportunities” Poughkeepsie Journal (2015)

“Students Continue Bench Project to Revitalize City”Poughkeepsie Journal (2015)

“Reel Expressions The Best Young Filmmakers” Hudson Valley News Network (2015)

“The Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival at the Bardavon Sept. 26” Daily Freeman News (2015)

“Art Festival Starts August 7th at WSW in Rosendale” New Paltz Times (2015)

“Spark Media Project internship program scheduled for young filmmakers” Daily Freeman News (2015)

“Dutchess County Funds Non-Profits with Grants” Hudson Valley News Network (2015)

“Spark Media Project Inspires Hudson Valley’s Youth” Hudson Valley News Network (2015)

“Children’s Media Project among Capital Region projects tapped for State money.” Times Union (2015)


“Children’s Media Project Celebrates 20 Years!” Hudson Valley News Network (2014)

“Getting Started At Children’s Media Project”Hudson Valley News Network (2014)

“Reel Expressions showcases young filmmakers annually” Miscellany News (2014)

VassarMiscReelExp photo“The Children’s Media Project has been discovering and cultivating promising talent in the realm of filmmaking for the past 20 years, but until recently, a venue to showcase the labors of these up-and-coming filmmakers with the greater community has been absent.  That void was filled with the first annual Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival in 2013.”

“CMP Teaching Bravery for Twenty Years.” Poughkeepsie Journal (2014)

“Arts Community Adapts to Survive” Poughkeepsie Journal (2014)

  “Radio Uprising by CMP”Country Wisdom News (2013)  

“CMP students who work on Radio Uprising learn about programming, broadcasting, scripting, interviewing, editing and production”

“Those in the arts recognized” Poughkeepsie Journal (2012)

Delswan Madden a student at CMP is one of eight recipients of the 26th Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards.

“Technology Games Changing Youth Awareness Engagement.” The Non Profit Times (2011)

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“The non-profit was nominated by Benjamin Krevolin, president of Dutchess County Arts Council, for having diversity ‘in their DNA’ ”

“Wager award winners ” Poughkeepsie Journal (2011)

The award “recognizes progress toward diversity in an employer’s workplace”

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     “Actress talks films with teens“ Poughkeepsie Journal (2011)

Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo “stood for more than an hour answering questions, describing life on a movie set, her path to stardom and acting techniques, among many other things” with the students of Children’s Media Project.

“Media project offers opportunity” Poughkeepsie Journal (2011)

“What makes the media project so relevant is the combination of professionalism and kindness of the staff”

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 12.35.29 PM“Children’s Media Project offers outlet for youth voices“ Miscellany News (2011)

“CMP gives kids a voice; not only is it beneficial for the students, but for everyone tuned in listening to or watching their thoughts”

“The incredible shrinking bottom line” HV Biz (2010)

“We have a lot of different programs but our mission is to create an environment where artists, educators and especially children  learn to interact with media both as creators and critical viewers.”- Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director