Creative Industries students dominate RTS West of England Student Award nominations

Issue date: 20 January 2017


For the fourth year in a row, UWE Bristol Animation students have gained all the nominations in the Animation category of the RTS West of England Student Awards 2017.

Nominations in the Drama and Factual categories take this year's haul to eight, with UWE Bristol students gaining well over half of the nominations in this year's regional RTS Student Awards.

Taking on strong competition from across the region, UWE Bristol Creative Industries students have cemented their reputation for excellence each year with an impressive performance in this competition. Last year Animation, Film and Journalism students made a clean sweep at the RTS West of England Student Awards 2016, claiming the top prizes in all four categories, progressing to the national finals.

Judges from the region's broadcaster sector were impressed with the range, and quality of the submissions from emerging talent in the West.

Nominations in the Animation category this year are:

Fall– Ollie Magee

A 2D painterly dramatic animation, working time expansion during an incident of someone falling from the sky

Heist- Edward Leicester

A 2D digital action animation dealing with a bank robbery

On - Holly James

A 2D experimental neon animation musing on the effect of static electricity, and microwaves on creatures and humans.

The Race - Jodie Haslam is a 2D Polemic about the human race.

To view the trailers for the nominated entries, visit the Bristol School of Animation webpages.

John Parry, Programme Leader for Animation, said, “UWE animation are delighted to have all four nominations for the RTS Student Animation 2017 award. Each nomination shows good technical ability, design, colour and movement, and each has a story that is transferred visually.

“I think a good story is what makes a student film into one that has broader appeal. If a student can tell a good story as well as handling the aesthetic and animation, these projects will stand a chance of exposure on the festival circuit and for award recognition. We are encouraging our students to work hard with ideas, design and story. Our four nominations have this in common.Each are different, and strong in their own way. Good luck to all the nominees.”

Representing UWE Bristol in the Drama category are: Jonny Lennox, Harvey Quirke, Owen Hemming-Brown and Jack Hayter for One Sleepless Night.

Nominations in the Film category are:

Beauty of a Stateless Mind- Lutia Swann-Hutton, Harvey Quirke, Lydia Johnson and Tessa O'Shea

Don't Go Nimo - Lydia Johnson, Jess Dalgic and Georgiana Clark

The Wall- Christy Tattershall, Matt Pidala, Alex Handschuh, Ed Roberts

Freya Billington and Mark Simon Hewis, Programme Leaders for UWE_FILM, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have so many films nominated for RTS Awards in various categories this year. The RTS Awards are an exciting date in the calendar, which our staff and students look forward to participating in each year. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with their fantastic New Futures programme of events in the upcoming year. “

Judging the awards are: Nick Maddocks, Testimony Films; Zoe Brandon, Talent Manager, RDF West; Duncan Fraser, A Productions; Steve Harding-Hill, Creative Director Commercials and Partner Content, Aardman; Rupert Troskie, Editor; Sarah Peat, Executive Producer, Tigress Productions; Linn Waite, producer, Early Day Films; Jon Older, 1st AD

The RTS West of England Student Awards will take place on Wednesday 8 February 2017 at the Everyman Cinema in Bristol from 18:30. Bristol-born actress and TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson will present the awards before an audience of students, lecturers, and industry supporters

Find out more about studying at UWE Bristol, visit the School of Film and Journalism webpages

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