More than 170 local media students attended the annual 'Breaking into Media' day jointly put on in November by the Devon and Cornwall Centre and the Media Innovation Network.
A panel, drawn from local employers BBC South West, Twofour, Denhams, Silverstream and Elixel, and also including freelance photographer Richard Lappas, offered tips on how to kick-start a media career. There was also a chance for students to talk informally with the professionals to find out more about work experience opportunities and get advice on preparing for interviews.
The 2015 RTS Devon and Cornwall Centre Students awards attracted a high standard of entries this year, with particularly strong competition in the drama and animation categories for which the judges had a difficult job choosing the winners.
Students from Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth University, the University of St Mark and St John and Falmouth University – with the latter picking up two awards – won the top prizes in the five categories. The judges were particularly impressed by the high overall technical and production standards in the drama category.
The keynote address from producer/director Caius Julyan, whose credits number Animal Planet’s I Shouldn’t Be Alive, was followed by a short question and answer session with budding film-makers in the audience.
The day ended with a screening of Fog Of Sex, a documentary made by media students at Newport Film School. It was directed by Christopher Morris, formerly of the Wales-based film school but now based at its Celtic cousin, Falmouth University, where he is Director of the School of Film & Television.
Adrian Emerson, Dawn Melville and the staff of the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth helped to stage a successful day.