Wednesday, September 30, 2009

2009 Calm-A-Sutra of Tea Winners Announced

Tea Council Awards 2009 Calm-A-Sutra of Tea $15,000 Scholarship to Film and Engineering Students
(from a press release)

The Tea Council of the USA, Inc. announced today that two college freshmen are the winners of the 2009 Calm-A-Sutra of Tea, an annual national scholarship of $15,000 given for the most creative video showing the health benefits of drinking tea. The Tea Council received more than 1,100 entries this year, up 57% from the 700 received for the 2008 competition, which is attributed to the down economy and the increased need for financial aid for college.

Students could feature black, green, white and oolong tea, which contain flavonoids, believed to be health-protective antioxidants that help boost the body’s defenses, and make it part of a healthy lifestyle. The winning submission, “A Cuple of Tea” was produced by aspiring actor Edan Freiberger and engineering student Nicholas Chen, residents of Foster City, CA who attend Stanford and UCLA, respectively. The video is a clever take on a marital drama, with White Tea depicting a proud housewife who must face the harsh realities of the infidelity of her husband, Earl Grey (Black Tea). To view the grand prize winning video and the 2009 Honorable Mentions, look here.

All entries were required to be original one-to-two minute Internet videos and had to contain at least one valid message regarding Tea’s health-related benefits, specifically black, green, white and oolong tea. All video submissions were judged by a panel of Tea Council representatives. Judging was based on the following criteria: health-related message, creativity, and popularity.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hm. I just realized that this contest is biased. It doesn't include Puerh tea! Probably because it's not very well-known. But it should be revealed to people and not kept hidden like this. Perhaps this all will change in the future. --Teaternity