By Tom Norton, WKTV
An epic year, with nearly 90 Nominees — that’s how to best sum up the quality of entries in the 6th Annual Eclipse Awards for Film, Television, Video and the supporting crafts.
The Eclipse Awards honors content creators for Excellence in Craft in the disciplines of film, television, video, acting, sound, music, writing, direction, and visual effects. Created by WKTV Community Television and Media as a means of empowering the West Michigan “voice” of content creators, the Eclipse Awards has become the “big event” for the creative community. Since its beginning in 2012, The Eclipse Awards has spread across the state of Michigan to include content creators from the east side as well.
Judging in the Eclipse Awards is done by the nearly 200 previous nominees, recipients and select industry leaders in Los Angeles and New York City. Voting members score the works they view and through arbitrary tabulation, the Eclipse Award is decided upon for each category and craft. Winners are not known until the envelopes are opened on stage at the award presentation — this year on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the City Flats Ballroom, 77 Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids.
On Monday May 15th, the Official Nominees Certification takes place at 7 p.m. at the JW Marriot, downtown Grand Rapids. This year nearly 90 nominees and their guests participate in a classy-casual event of meeting each other, photo ops and receiving the formal certificate confirming their nomination in this year’s awards.
The Awards ceremony will be televised same night, Thursday May 18, starting at 10 p.m.
To see clips of previous years ceremony and images, visit theeclipseaward.com.