Emmy Statue



The 2022 Call For Entries is OPEN!

For work produced and intended for an audience in the Heartland Region, and which premiered during calendar year 2021 via cable, broadcast, satellite and internet. Enter your best content in one of over 120 categories in News, Programming, Spot Announcement, Sports and Crafts, and let’s see if you’ve got what it takes!

2022 Student Production Awards

Awards of Merit for college and university students in the Heartland Region participating in class projects. The Faculty Advisor will submit the entry. Here is the S.P.A. Call for Entries

The 2021 Heartland Emmy® Awards Competition

The 35th Annual Heartland Regional Emmy® Awards Presentation: Saturday, July 17 livestreamed here on this website and via Facebook. Including Silver Circle Inductions and Student Production Awards.

2021 Heartland Emmy® Recipients and Student Production Awards

2021 Emmy® Nominees
Student Production Nominees


Discussion around Categories without Nominations

There are questions related to categories which did not receive nominations in this year’s Heartland Regional Emmy Awards. In order to foster clear communication and transparency among all members, we want to further explain that process.

  • This is neither a precedent-setting nor a unique circumstance. Categories with zero nominees occur annually, and over a wide variety of disciplines. This year there were 3 professional categories which did not receive nominations.
  • All entries in all categories are judged by at least 7 peers in a NATAS region outside of the Heartland chapter. Peers are defined as people who have three or more years experience working in the category they are judging. Judges acknowledge their experience via affidavits submitted to NATAS. Entries are judged on their own individual merits; they are not judged in competition with each other, which is why it is possible to have a statistical tie once all scores are added together.
  • In order to receive a nomination, an entry must reach a threshold percentage of high scores. Entries with scores below that threshold do not receive a nomination. The Awards Committee determines the cut-off percentage in a “blind” meeting where the entrants and categories are undisclosed.
  • In order to receive an Emmy award, entries much reach an even higher threshold.

Every year, we research the categories without nominations. We determined that all of the judges were peers and their credentials are in order. We also verified that different chapters judged different categories, meaning they weren’t all judged by the same chapter which might imply a bias toward, or dislike of, the Heartland region. Further, the judges’ scores did not reflect a bias toward or against a particular company, group, or entrant.

We encourage questions about the judging process and work diligently to ensure its credibility and authenticity. If you ever have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to submit a written letter to the NATAS Heartland Chapter office, to be taken up by the Awards Committee. This is the best way to ensure clear, transparent communication.

The NATAS Heartland Chapter Awards Committee