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Wedding & Event Video Awards Move to Aug. 25
May 24, 2003

Sarasota, FL - With expanded new programming slated for the 13th Annual WEVA EXPO (August 25-28, 2003; open to all videographers) the WEVA International Creative Excellence Awards presentation, honoring the wedding and event video industry’s most innovative productions of the year, is being moved forward to the convention’s Opening Night Gala on Monday, August 25, 2003, said WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman.

“After reviewing extensive input from WEVA International members, the WEVA CEA Presentation, Special Awards of Recognition and WEVA Hall of Fame Awards will, for the first time, be held at the very beginning of WEVA EXPO. The presentation will begin at 9:00 pm, right after the 2003 WEVA Creative Excellence Awards Competition Exhibition and complimentary dinner reception, sponsored by Sony,” Chapman said.

“Wedding & Event Video Expo attendees have always looked forward to the annual WEVA Awards Presentation,” noted Steve Wernick, the emcee of the 2002 Awards Presentation. “Having this special EXPO-wide event on Monday evening will allow more people to participate than ever before, and will also enable WEVA EXPO attendees to plan their seminar schedule based on the current award winners.” The WEVA Creative Excellence Awards Competition is open to all videographers worldwide. The official 2003 entry form for the 12 wedding and event video competition categories is downloadable at www.weva.com. Deadline for all entries is 5pm June 20, 2003.

Preparing to announce the WEVA EXPO 2003 program line-up, EXPO Director Tim Ryan noted, “We are very excited about the extensive programming scheduled for WEVA EXPO 2003! Wedding and event videographers will be able to choose from an outstanding selection of creative, technical and business seminars, workshops, and panel discussions. What is particularly exciting is WEVA’s all-new ‘Battle of the Videographers’ series, featuring the industry’s first-ever ‘Love Story Shoot-Out.’ This year’s WEVA EXPO Trade Show will be packed with larger and more extensive hands-on exhibits, too, featuring the newest DV, DVD, NLE and HD technology for professional videographers. In addition, many exhibitors will be offering EXPO-only discounts.”

More information on the WEVA 13th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo (August 25-28, 2003 at Bally’s Las Vegas) including complete program/registration information will soon be posted on the WEVA website, www.weva.com.

WEVA EXPO 2003 officially starts at 5:45 pm Monday August 25, with the Opening Night Gala, which is a complimentary dinner reception that is sponsored by Sony. The Gala includes the WEVA 13th Annual Creative Excellence Awards Competition Exhibition, and is followed by the WEVA Awards Presentation. The EXPO will close by 5:00 pm Thursday August 28, 2003. Special pre-convention workshops, including an entire “Afternoon with Apple” program, will be held from 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Bally’s on Monday August 25.

To make room reservations, contact Bally’s now at 1-800-7BALLYS or 702-739-4111 (rooms are just $80/night single or double occupancy). Early reservations are suggested as rooms are expected to once again sell out before the EXPO opens. A recent Internet search found sample roundtrip airfares to Las Vegas in August from major cities at low-cost prices, including just $238 from New York City and $176 from Chicago. Air Tran recently announced non-stop flights from Atlanta to Las Vegas for $99 one way. Jet Blue has already begun non-stop flights to Las Vegas from New York City. Check Internet airline and travel sites for information on the lowest fares.

WEVA International is the leading trade association for professional wedding and event videographers. The association is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of wedding and event videographers worldwide through continuing education, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees and professional development training. For more information regarding professional videography and WEVA International activities and membership, including WEVA EXPO 2003, visit www.weva.com, or contact the association office at 941-923-5334; email: info@weva.com.

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