UNCSA Film alumnus is nominated for a Student Emmy

Benjamin Hoff, an alumnus of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is nominated for a College Television Award, commonly known as a Student Emmy. Hoff, who received an M.F.A. in film music composition in 2016, was nominated in the music category for the score he wrote for the 2016 fourth-year student film, Parchment Wings.

Benjamin Hoff

The College Television Awards is a nationwide competition recognizing excellence in student work and spotlighting an inclusive group of talented storytellers and content creators who aspire to careers in the entertainment industry. Awards are given annually in 13 categories. Submissions undergo a three-round judging process culminating in a blue-ribbon panel of professionals from the television industry that selects the final nominees.

Shortly after receiving his degree, Hoff was awarded a prestigious music internship with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. He interned over the summer with composer Bear McCreary, known for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “The Walking Dead.”

“We could not be happier for Ben,” said Film Dean Susan Ruskin. “His nomination for a Student Emmy is quite an honor, and we hope he wins. With this nomination and his internship, he is well on his way to a very successful and rewarding career.”

Parchment Wings

Benjamin Hoff is nominated for a College Television Award as composer for the 2016 student film "Parchment Wings."

If chosen for the award, Hoff would be the second winner from UNCSA’s film music composition program. In 2015, Nathan Fenwick Smith, who received his M.F.A. in 2014, won for his score for The Collection. Both Hoff and Smith studied with Chris Heckman, who graduated from the program and now directs it.

Hoff was the third UNCSA film music composition graduate to be selected for the Academy internship.

“Congratulations to Chris for the continuous achievements of his students,” Ruskin said. “Nothing is more rewarding for a professor than to see his students succeed.”

The 38th College Television Awards will be presented May 24 in Los Angeles. The awards show will be streamed live at TelevisionAcademy.com/CTA.

by Lauren Whitaker

April 06, 2017