The University of the West of England (UWE) and the University of Gloucestershire split the main prizes between them at the RTS West of England Student Television Awards in mid-March.
Kopi Girl by UWE’s Alison Loke landed the Animation award. The judges thought her film “a touching, personal and intimate story shot in a unique style and with some lovely storytelling”.
UWE also triumphed in the Factual category with Eden, “a unique piece of film-making, engaging and visually beautiful, with an amazing story at its core”.
A team from the University of Gloucestershire took home the Drama prize with Signed, Marlo, “a genuinely moving film, with excellent writing and a strong narrative”.
Afterlove scooped the Comedy and Entertainment category, winning the judge’s support for a film that was “creative, clever and different, with an original plot line and an imaginative script”.
The Everyman Cinema in Bristol hosted the ceremony, which featured a speech from Levi Jouavel, the presenter of BBC Three’s daily news bulletin, The Catch Up. She offered an insight into working in TV, plus tips on how to break into the industry. These included coming up with ideas and seeking as many opportunities as possible.
“Every year, the strength of the entries from our student community gets stronger,” said RTS West of England Chair Lynn Barlow. “This year, it was really exciting to see them bounce back so strongly, after so much disruption to their courses. Our judges were really keen to award craft awards, too – to acknowledge the contribution of the production teams behind many of the nominated films.”