THE Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland centre today held the launch event for its 2019 Scottish Student Television Awards which will be taking place on the 16th April.
Next year’s awards are sponsored for the first time by STV who will showcase highlights of the awards ceremony and all nominated and commended content, as well as offering mentoring to the winners.
The prestigious event, attended by Scottish television and media students and lecturers, revealed a new Writer category for 2019, and there was a focus on the News category with this evening’s proceedings hosted by STV News presenter, Halla Mohieddeen.
Highlights of the evening included a screening of last year’s award-winning productions: short feature Poet with Punch; the UK award-winning comedy and entertainment programme, Best Men; and the excellent camera work of The Bladesmith. In addition, three of the award-winning students from last year shared their experiences and advice for the 2019 entrants.
Simon Pitts, STV CEO, said: “The RTS Scotland Student Television Awards are one of the highlights of the creative calendar and we’re delighted to be televising the awards, showcasing the finalists’ work on STV Player and partnering the students as they develop their careers in television. We want to work with the best young talent and this promises to be a fantastic celebration of Scotland and Scottish creativity.”
James Wilson, Scotland Student Awards chair, said: “We’re delighted that STV has joined us in celebrating and supporting the development of television talent in Scotland. STV’s showcasing of the students’ work will take their talent to a wider audience.”
Andy Ashworth, from Edinburgh College of Art, won the UK award for Undergraduate Comedy and Entertainment in 2018 and recognises the importance of his success: “The RTS Scotland Awards have been such an encouragement and inspiration for me. The events have been an amazing opportunity to meet people involved and invested in the Scottish film and television industry, and winning an award has naturally made it even better! The experience has encouraged me to keep pushing myself creatively, and is a great springboard into what lies ahead.”
Best Camera, Andrew Berry of Clyde College, for his work on The Bladesmith, said: “The RTS Student Award is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to be rewarded for their hard work. It has opened many doors for me and helped to make industry contacts after graduating.”
The closing deadline for entries for the student awards is Friday 26th October, to enter please go to https://rts.org.uk/award/student-television-awards-2019.
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