The prizes were shared around the country’s leading colleges at the Republic of Ireland Student Awards in early March at RTÉ in Dublin.
The National Film School IADT Dún Laoghaire notched up two wins in the main categories, taking home awards in the Drama category for Starry Night and in Short Form for Looking For.
These two films picked up further awards in the Craft Skills categories, with Jack Desmond winning the Cinematography prize (Looking For) and Lori Stacey the award for Editing (Starry Night).
Ballyfermot College of Further Education won the Animation award for CTRL+ALT+Z. Presenting the prize, Jenni MacNeaney, general manager of award-winning animation company Boulder Media, said Irish animation was going through a “golden age”. She stressed the importance of mentoring for those entering the industry.
Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Ghost Estate took the Comedy and Entertainment award. Brian Redmond, star judge of Dancing with the Stars, Ireland’s most successful TV show, praised the standard of the entries and the vital contribution young programme-makers can make to the comedy and entertainment genres.
The Wildgoose Lodge Massacre from Dundalk Institute of Technology was awarded the Factual prize.
TG4 director general Alan Esslemont, Virgin Media director of content Bill Malone and RTÉ director of channels and marketing Adrian Lynch also awarded prizes at the ceremony.
Republic of Ireland Student Television Awards winners
Holly Keating, Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Comedy and Entertainment
Andy Power, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Emma Smith and Caoilinn Handley, National Film School IADT Dún Laoghaire
The Wildgoose Lodge Massacre
Stephen King and Aidan Martin Connolly, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Cian Desmond, National Film School, IADT Dún Laoghaire
Craft Skills – Cinematography
Jack Desmond, National Film School, IADT Dún Laoghaire
Craft Skills – Editing
Lori Stacey, National Film School, IADT Dún Laoghaire