Media release: Royal Television Society announces nominations for Student Television Awards 2017

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THE Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has today announced the nominations for the RTS Student Television Awards 2017.

Chaired by Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, the awards recognise the best audio-visual work created by students across the UK and Republic of Ireland at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Awards are judged in six categories – Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Short Feature.

In the undergraduate categories, students from Falmouth University, Kingston University and the University of the West of England will battle it out for the Undergraduate Animation award; while Edinburgh Napier University, Middlesex University and University of Central Lancashire vie for the Undergraduate Comedy & Entertainment title.

Edinburgh Napier University also hopes to claim the Undergraduate Drama prize and will compete against Arts University Bournemouth andDublin Institute of Technology.

Plymouth University, University for the Creative Arts and University of the West of England have been shortlisted in the Undergraduate Factual category; while  University of Salford, University of Sheffield and University of Sunderlandcompete in the hotly-contested Undergraduate News category.

The nominees for the Undergraduate Short Feature include:University for the Creative Arts, University of Central Lancashire and University of Wolverhampton.

National Film and Television School leads the way in the postgraduate awards receiving nine nominations, including all three in the Postgraduate Factual category.

They will compete against the Royal College of Art for the Postgraduate Animation accolade; are up against Bournmouth University in the Postgraduate Comedy & Entertainment category and will fight it out with University of Sunderland for the Postgraduate Drama award.

City, University of London; Goldsmiths, University of London and University of Central Lancashire will compete for the Postgraduate News title.

In addition, to reward excellence in craft skills, undergraduate and postgraduate awards will be presented for camerawork, editing, production design and sound.

Entries are not accepted for these categories and the prizes will be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

One winning student will also receive the newly-introduced Judges’ Award.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 16 June at the BFI Southbank.

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Undergraduate Animation

Heist, Edward Leicester, University of the West of England
I Am Dyslexic
, Mads Ogaard and Katie Wyman, Falmouth University
Tough, Jennifer Zheng, Kingston University

Undergraduate Comedy & Entertainment

Headless: The Ed Shales Story, Yousef Tham, Liberty Shaw, Jake River Parker and Heather Davenport, University of Central Lancashire
Native Immigration, Eric Romero, Edinburgh Napier University
Pyre For Hire
, Simon James and Daniel Tempel-Merzougui, Middlesex University

Undergraduate Drama

Adolf and Eva, Ciarán McNamara, Ashley Turbett, Phil Davin and Pierce McDonagh, Dublin Institute of Technology
, Jesse Lewis-Reece, Ike Newman and Ania Polewiak, Arts University Bournemouth
Lethe, Eric Romero, Edinburgh Napier University

Undergraduate Factual

Harvest in New Life, Antonis Kitsikis, University for the Creative Arts
The Wall, Christy Tattershall, Matt Pidala, Alex Handschuh, Edd Roberts and Patrick Royall, University of the West of England
Wild Swimmers
, Sean Valentine, Plymouth University

Undergraduate News

Corbridge Floods Aftermath, Alice Winney, University of Sunderland
Life as a Refugee
, Jennifer Henry, University of Salford
Portuguese Bullfighting: A Dying Tradition? Catarina Beija, University of Sheffield

Undergraduate Short Feature

Felix, Ashley Collier, University of Central Lancashire
Nymphs, Tudor Massaci, University for the Creative Arts
, Steve George, Ryan Sibanda, Joshua Baggott and LJ Greenwood, University of Wolverhampton

Postgraduate Animation

A Love Story, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Khaled Gad and Elena Ruscombe-King, National Film and Television School
The Alan Dimension
, Jac Clinch, Millie Marsh and Jonathan Harbottle, National Film and Television School
The Grey Hound, Josh Saunders, Royal College of Art

Postgraduate Comedy & Entertainment

Flirt, Alex West, Cameron Stott, Giuseppe Mineo and Dan Tonkin, Bournemouth University
The Great British Butler, Ian Packard and Tom Day, National Film and Television School
The Love Gym
, Raphael Beaulieu and Marika Santala, National Film and Television School

Postgraduate Drama

Ferris & The Fancy Pigeon, James Gardner and Helene Sifre, National Film and Television School
, Maria Martinez Bayona and Marie-Elena Dyche, National Film and Television School
Stains, Sara Koozehchian, University of Sunderland

Postgraduate Factual

Forest Gate Girls, Tariq Elmeri and Khaled Gad, National Film and Television School
The Sunflower Inn, Miriam Ernst, National Film and Television School
, Ross Domoney, Joseph Comar, Tom Jenkins, Marina Elderton and Tim Parris, National Film and Television School

Postgraduate News

Palmyra: How I Escaped Daesh, Areej Zayat, Goldsmiths, University of London
The Green and White Army
, Gregor Aiken, University of Central Lancashire
The Naked Truth: Britain’s Cyber Sperm Donors, Kit Bradshaw and Rosalind Church, City, University of London

Craft Skills awards

Awards for camerawork, editing, production design and sound will be presented to both undergraduates and postgraduates on the night. These are selected at the national judges’ discretion.

Judges’ Award

This award is judged nationally from among the category winners and will be presented on the night.


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