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Los Angeles, 2 June 2020 – The Cinema Audio Society has opened applications for the CAS Student Recognition Award.  First presented at the 51st CAS Awards, this honor comes with a $5,000 cash award and is intended to encourage student interest in production or post-production sound mixing, and to recognize individual students with an exceptional demonstrated passion for the field. 

“For the seventh year, Cinema Audio Society is proud to offer the opportunity to recognize and reward an extraordinary student whose interest and achievements in our craft show great promise for the future of sound mixers,” said CAS President Karol Urban.  “The CAS Student Recognition Award is an honor to bestow and a pleasure in which to participate.  Each year, we are reinvigorated by the passion and excitement expressed by the talented students that apply.”

The selection criteria will focus on the student’s short essays in response to application questions, along with a professor’s recommendation letter.  Finalists will be asked to submit a 5 minute example of their work and a short explanation of their submission and their role in it.  The five finalists will be invited to the 57th CAS Awards, on February 20, 2021, as guests of the CAS (travel expenses not included), where the Student Recognition Award recipient will be announced.

Eligibility for the CAS Student Recognition Award is open to any student enrolled in an accredited college or university.  Students may be pursuing any major (indeed, many current CAS members majored in music, psychology, English, engineering and other fields), but should have a demonstrated interest and some experience in production and/or post-production sound mixing for film and television. Applications must be received by November 16, 2020.

The complete application guidelines and details for applying, as well as any updates, can be found on the CAS website at:

Please share the word and encourage students who fit the criteria to apply.

The Cinema Audio Society, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, was formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with Sound Professionals in the Motion Picture and Television Industry.

The objectives of the CAS are: to educate and inform the general public and the motion picture & television industry that effective sound is achieved by a creative, artistic and technical blending of diverse sound elements; to provide the motion picture & television industry with a progressive society of master craftsmen specialized in the art of creative cinematic sound recording; to advance the specialized field of cinematic sound recording by the exchange of ideas, methods, and information; to advance the art of auditory appreciation, and to philanthropically support those causes dedicated to the sense of hearing; to institute and maintain high standards of conduct and craftsmanship among our members; to aid the motion picture & television industry in the selection and training of qualified personnel in the unique field of cinematic sound recording and to achieve for our members deserved recognition as major contributors to the field of motion picture & television entertainment.

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