Scots students take TV award

STUDENTS at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, in Glasgow, have scooped one of the top prizes run by the Royal Television Society.

At the RTS Student Television Awards, Louis Paxton and Stuart Ewan emerged victorious in the Undergraduate Fiction category, with Choreomania, described as “a humorous zombie film with a twist.”

In the postgraduate categories, students from the London-based National Film and Television School took a hat-trick of awards.

The winners:

Undergraduate fiction

Choreomania, Louis Paxton, Stuart Ewan & Team; The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama

Said the judges: “…brave, warm hearted, stylish, original and fun.”


Aunt, Narayan van Maele; National Film School, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire

Tears of the Son, Tom Coldrick, Emma Schofield, Dean Threadgold & Team; University of Westminster

Undergraduate entertainment

Best Friends That Love Each Other, Alex Holland & Team; University of Lincoln

Said the judges: “An ambitious project that was hugely impressive and revealed massive potential in both the on and off screen talent”


Me and My Life – 2 Years On, Victoria Weatherall & Team; University of Westminster

Commercials – Learn A Language, Michael Morgan, Abi Allsopp & Team; University of Cumbria

Undergraduate factual

Letters to Angola, Joe Sharp & Lauren Muchan; University of Wales, Newport

Said the judges: “…accomplished and had clever direction…a great narrative and well tied into the personal story.”


Reaching Albion, Jon Scorer; Bournemouth University

Jutvari, Nick Jones, James Thomson & Toby Lucas; University of the West of England, Bristol

Undergraduate animation

Lullaby, Nick White & Team; The Arts University College at Bournemouth

Said the judges: “A beautifully crafted film on a difficult subject…which was subtly underplayed and confidently directed to powerful effect.”


Old Habits Die Hard, Lief Einar Eide, Lars Ellingbo & Team; University of Teesside

Pest, Darragh Duffy; National Film School, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire

Postgraduate fiction

Brixton 85, Tom Green, Mahalia Rimmer & Purnima Phansalkar; National Film and Television School

Said the judges: “Classy…a film which captured the era and took a big subject and made it its own with a very distinctive voice”


Kid, Tom Green, Mo Bazazi, Mahalia Rimmer & Team; National Film and Television School

Made To Order, Alan Field, Sanna Karvonen, Leanne Kelly & Team; University of Salford

Postgraduate entertainment

Not Safe for Work, Mike O’Leary & Team; National Film and Television School

Said the judges: “Full of imagination with an incredible cast… [a] well written, produced and directed film [which] was without a doubt, a piece that commissioners would fight over to buy”


The Next Big Thing, Joana Flor, Sophia Garrido & Team; National Film and Television School

TV or not TV?, Guy Press, Jo Watts & Team; National Film and Television School

Postgraduate factual

Stuck on the Edge, Jennifer Fearnley

Said the judges: “Great character with a sense of humour, pathos and marvellous content.”


Mum, Me & Mania, Amanda McDowell; Goldsmiths

Tough Guy 453, James Birkett, Lawrence Cameron & Michael Howard; University of Wales, Newport

Postgraduate animation

Yellow Belly End, Philip Bacon, Mahalia Rimmer, Mo Bazazi & Team; National Film and Television School

Said the judges: “[A] thought -provoking, truly original film that combined music, style and animation to create a world and mood of its own.”


Wolves, Rafael Sommerhalder; Royal College of Art

Cherry on the Cake, Hyebin Lee, Michelle Eastwood & Team; National Film and Television School