Filmmaking and animation students the best in the West

Issue date: 08 February 2018

UWE's filmmaking and animation students have dominated at this year's Royal Television Society (RTS) West of England Student Awards. In a strong field of nominations from colleges across the region, UWE students won the Animation, Factual, Comedy, Entertainment and Short Feature categories. The RTS also recognised the exceptional craft contributions of many individual students to the winning films. In total UWE had 10 out of the 17 nominations.

There was also an achievement for UWE's Journalism course which celebrated a first ever nomination for Ami Wyllie in the Factual category. The winner of the Drama category, Chris Pugh made his film through Random Acts, a scheme run by Bristol-based company, Calling the Shots. Chris has brought his talent to UWE as he is now a first year BA (Hons) Filmmaking student.

Freya Billington, programme leader for BA (Hons) Fillmmaking, said: “These accolades amply demonstrate the creativity and skill of our students and it is an especial honour for them to have done so well in the RTS's 90th anniversary year.

“It's also a testament to the expertise of our staff teams and their tireless support of students. Congratulations to all!”

UWE had two nominations in the animation category with David Rock up against fellow 2017 graduate Jocelyn Wat. Jocelyn's film about a reunion at a railway station will now, like the other winners, go on to the national finals.

The RTS is an educational charity promoting the art and science of television and the Bristol branch is the oldest-established region in the country. The awards are decided by a panel of industry experts.



The Station - Jocelyn Watt, UWE


Pleasure Boys - Elliott Watson, Isla Gaffney, Petra Lewis and Patrick Royall, UWE


The Girls - Olivia Joyce, Abbey Kaye, Christy Tattershall and Edith Rose, UWE


Piotr - Zuzanna Kopacka, Ross Longhurst, Tommy Reeday, Elliott Watson, UWE


String – Chris Pugh (UWE) made for Random Acts with Calling the Shots

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