Visual Studies Student and Team Take Bronze at 2022 Telly Awards

Visual Studies Student and Team Take Bronze at 2022 Telly Awards

Ringling College of Art and Design takes home another big win at the 2022 Telly Awards. 

The film titled The Color of Genius won the Bronze in the 43rd edition of The Telly Awards. This international level recognition honors excellence in branded and public service videography. 

The film’s creative team was led by Visual Studies major, Mafer Bencomo Arevalo ’23, and also included Film students Daniel Webster ’23 and CJ Callins ’23. 

They had 12,000 applicants enter this year across all categories. See the official announcement and a list of all the student winners. 

Mafer was born and raised in Venezuela and attended the UWC Japan before enrolling at Ringling College. 

The Color of Genius follows the story of a Florida-based digital artist, Diana De Avila, who obtained her art skills in a non-traditional way. After a traumatic brain injury and the worsening of multiple sclerosis, artistic abilities awoke within her. This rare, almost magical phenomenon is

medically recognized as acquired savant syndrome, suffered by less than 100 people worldwide.

The film also won the Silver Juror’s Award at Ringling College’s annual juried exhibition, Best of Ringling 2022. You can read more about Mafer’s work and watch the film here (link unavailable.) 


Director and Co-producer: Mafer Bencomo ’23, Visual Studies

Co-producer: Daniel Webster ’23, Film

Cinematographer: Calvin “CJ” Callins ’23, Film

Client: Soldier Sister Savant

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multi-screen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, Stash Media, Production Hub, and We Are Parable.
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