Power of 10: Creative Industry students dominate RTS West of England Student Award nominations

Issue date: 29 January 2016

Animation awards

UWE Bristol Animation students have made a clean sweep of nominations in the Animation category of the RTS West of England Student Awards 2015, replicating the success of the previous two years.

Seven other student productions have been nominated across the Drama and Factual categories, with three out of four nominations respectively, and a commended mention garnered in the Comedy category. This is the highest number of nominations the University has ever received, with UWE students gaining well over half of the nominations in this year's regional RTS Student Awards.

Nominations in the Animation category this year are: Frank Harper's stop-motion short Between the Trees, Tim Allerby for his cartoon short Grave Mistake, and Arty Hunt for his environmentally aware stop-motion and digital short A Messy State of Affairs.

The three films are as diverse narratively as they are technically, with Between the Trees telling the story of a nervous boy lost in the woods, Grave Mistake detailing Death's struggle to retrieve a child he accidentally reaps, and A Messy State of Affairs commenting on the wasteful state of our supermarket packaging system.

John Parry, programme leader for Animation, says, “As course leader I am hugely impressed by the variety of work produced by UWE Animation students and the range of processes they employ. These short animations contain transcending narratives and messages that reach far beyond the style and techniques that the students have used. It is this that makes these works noteworthy, entertaining and gains them festival exhibition and prize nominations.

“There are now more institutions in the region eligible to enter the RTS Awards than ever before, and this latest clean sweep for students on the BA Animation programme continues UWE Bristol's trend of receiving all three nominations for RTS Bristol. I wish all three candidates the best of luck for this award, and the winner will represent us in the next round of National selection.”

The Animation Programme has produced a number of award winners over the past three years, including: Mushroom Tea, by Max Martin (2012), Concert of the Bugs, Timmy Kwee (2013) and Moonbird (2014) by Roos Mattaar.

In the Factual category the nominations this year are: Rosa Galvin, Tom Chetwode-Barton, Mike McCormick and Ryan Farrell for Dope Boy; Joe Palmer and Lydia Johnson for Best Before; and Jake Vaughan, Ieuan Rees, Craig Kemp and Beth Taylor for Nothing Like It.

This year's success follows on from UWE Bristol students Hugo Pettitt and Hannah Bush Bailey winning last year's regional awards in the same category, and advancing to the prestigious National RTS Awards, for their documentary The Invisible School.

In the Drama category the nominations are: Joshua O'Connor, Jack Hayter, Sam Neale and Josh Marchitelli for Run; Benjamin Brook, Rashida Noray, Mike McCormick, Chris Prowse for The Way We Wander; and Tom Chetwode-Barton, Jack Hayter, Jesse Embury and Rosa Galvin for Implication.

The RTS West of England Student Awards will take place on Thursday 11 February at The Watershed in Bristol from 6.00-9.30pm.

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