Students from Middlesex University took two of the top prizes on offer at the RTS London Student Television Awards in early February.
Simon James and Daniel Tempel-Merzougui triumphed in the Comedy and Entertainment category with the “well-executed, highly entertaining” Pyre for Hire.
Fellow Middlesex University students Jack Dingley and Hafiza Musammad won the Factual award for Safest Place in the World, which the jury said offered “an intimate insight” into the shootings on the island of Utøya in Norway in 2011.
Kingston University student Jennifer Zheng was awarded the Animation prize for Tough, which gave “a unique insight into her ethnic heritage and British upbringing”.
Zak Boxall and Chris Turner from the University of Hertfordshire took home the Short Film award for the hugely ambitious Bertie the Elephant.
The Drama award went to Rob Woods, Nathan Wilson and Taylor-Anne Wheeldon from the University of Greenwich for Remembrance Day, which was praised by the jury for its strong writing. Woods also won the Craft Excellence Writing award.
The other Craft Excellence awards were won by Arran Green, Ravensbourne (Camera); Tom Beale (Sound Design) and Sophie Moore (Production Design), both from the University of Westminster; and Jeanette Lee, Goldsmiths (Editing).
“The range and quality of many of the entries were equal, if not better, than a lot of what gets broadcast on our televisions every night,” said BBC producer Andrea Gauld, the Chair of the RTS London Student Awards 2017.
The awards were held at ITV Studios in central London and hosted by television presenter Ria Hebden. Michael Price, whose composing credits include BBC One’s Sherlock and ITV crime drama Unforgotten, gave a speech at the ceremony.
All photos by Paul Hampartsoumian