Event Report: RTS Northern Ireland Student Awards

Event Report: RTS Northern Ireland Student Awards

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Stephen Farry MLA and David McConnell - Creative Industries at Dept. for Communities. (Credit: Simon Graham)

Belfast Metropolitan College won three of the top prizes on offer at the RTS Northern Ireland Student Awards in late March.

Marc Downey, Joel McReynolds, Mark Rainey, James Mallaghan, Adam Irwin and Conor Dempsey from Belfast Metropolitan College scooped the Comedy and Entertainment Award with Mo Chara.

McReynolds, Rainey, Mallaghan and Dempsey also took the Short Feature Award with Kings Park Primary School.

The college’s Ryan Fitzsimmons, Michael Turner, Ryan Sewell and Ciaran Mooney won the Factual Award for The Shipyard Poet.

Students from Ulster University won the other two awards. Matt Boyd and Rachel Hynds took the Drama Award with Recode, and Bobby Strain, Aodhan McNicholl, Michael McCrea, Rebekah Quinn and Sam Hudson won the Animation Award for Adrift.

“We are now in the fourth year of the RTS NI Student Awards and each year we are delighted to see the standard of entries get better and better,” said Steve Carson, the Chair of the Northern Ireland Centre.

“These awards offer the opportunity for talented media students from across Northern Ireland to showcase their work to some of the creative industry’s biggest names.”

More than 100 guests joined the host, BBC producer Jacqui Berkeley, and guest speaker, BBC TV and radio presenter Stephen Nolan, at the Black Box in Belfast for the ceremony.

Seán Murray, who won the Postgraduate Craft Skills Camerawork prize at the national RTS Student Television Awards last year, was also in attendance.

The RTS NI Student Awards were supported by the Department for Communities as part of its Creativity Month 2017, which celebrates the creative industries in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Assembly member Stephen Farry and David McConnell from the department were at the ceremony.

All photos by Simon Graham.