RTS bursary student nominated for BFI award

RTS bursary student nominated for BFI award

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By Sandrine Tabalo,
Friday, 19th February 2016
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Ella Glendining (left) and Florence Watson

An RTS Bursary Student has been nominated for a prestigious BFI Award.

Florence Watson, a student at Norwich University of the Arts, has been shortlisted for a gong at the BFI's Film Festival Awards

She was selected for the honour alongside classmate Ella Glendining for their film Power to the Mini Beasts, and the winners will be announced at an event on Sunday (21 February). 

The five-day festival, on the Southbank, London, is aimed at 16-25-year-olds and includes sessions on fiction, documentary and animation production as well as the awards. 

“It feels surreal to be nominated," Watson told the RTS. "One because I wasn’t expecting it and two because I’ve seen a couple of things that have been nominated in the same category so I was pretty shocked when I found out.”

The short piece is inspired by her and Glendining's feelings of isolation from their own family members and features several reptiles inside a dolls house trying to function.

In 2014 Watson was one of 20 students to be awarded a Television Production Bursary by the RTS to help her with her TV studies. 

She used some of the money she received from the scheme to buy a camera which she used to make the shortlisted film.

The bursary also offers students the support of a mentor during their degree. Watson has been supported by broadcaster, and chair of RTS Bristol, Lynn Barlow, who inspired her to produce a number of short-form pieces like Mini Beasts

Applications are now open for the RTS Bursary Scheme 2016. Apply here.

POWER TO THE MINI BEASTS from Ella Bee Glendining on Vimeo.


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An RTS Bursary Student has been nominated for a prestigious BFI Award.