UWE Bristol students sweep the board at RTS West of England Student Awards

Issue date: 28 February 2013

Media Practice and Animation students from UWE Bristol have joined in with the magic of awards season after a successful evening at the recent Royal Television Society (RTS) West Student Awards.

The event held on the 24 February 2013 at the BBC building on Whiteladies Road was open to universities and colleges across the West of England. UWE Bristol was represented by five films across the three categories; factual, fiction and animated short film, which were directed, produced and edited by students studying on the BA Media Practice and BA Animation programmes.

In the factual category both End to End, by James Beale, Piers Rossiter and Luke Stanbury and No Regrets, by Jim Smith, Jen Holland and Aaron Williams, were nominated, with No Regrets scooping the top honour on the night.

No Regrets tells the story of Max Woods, a Royal Marine who recently returned from active service in Afghanistan. The film mixes old photographs, skateboarding footage, computer games and interviews to create a compelling visual montage of how it feels to be a young soldier in the modern era. This is the fourth year running that a UWE Bristol film has won the RTS factual category for this region.

Director Jim Smith, said of the films success, “To be nominated for such a prestigious award was very flattering and then to win was an incredible surprise, given the quality of the other films on the shortlist.

“The original idea of No Regrets was to view this much-reported conflict from a different angle. I wanted to focus on the effect that Max's service in Afghanistan had, not only, on himself but also on his friends who he left behind living their normal lives. I am extremely grateful to the team who worked with me and to Max Woods for his generosity in allowing me to tell his story.”

New With Tags, by Matt Nesbeth, Rosie Marchant and Adam Lyduch, saw off stiff competition from, among others, fellow UWE Bristol entry Searching for Otto, by Angie Bolea, Piers Rossiter and Adam Lyduch, to secure the award in the fictional category. The film, a short, atmospheric tale of a young man's struggle to grow up in modern society, impressed the judges with its combination of camerawork, narration and visual effects, employed in telling a great story.

Mushroom Tea, made by students on the Animation course, secured the top spot in the animation category, making it a clean sweep for UWE Bristol students at the awards.

Alistair Oldham, senior lecturer at UWE Bristol, commented after the awards, “It's great that these films have been recognised in this way at both regional and national level. Although there is no house style for our filmmaking students, the films stand out for having a very creative and contemporary feel, that demonstrates great skill in digital filmmaking techniques, powerful narrative storytelling, as well as the ability to interpret some of the complexities of growing up in modern society. All credit to the filmmakers and their production crews. They're a very talented bunch.”

To view photos of the winning students, click here.

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