Entries are now being accepted for the RTS Student Television Awards 2018.
The closing date for entries is Friday 20th October 2017.
RTS Scotland launched the Student Television Awards for their twenty-third year in early October. Lecturers and their students from across Scotland were invited to learn more about these prestigious awards and how to enter, as well as to listen to speakers from the industry share their insight and experience.
The awards are an opportunity to showcase the talents of UK students who have produced outstanding work. They honour visual and aural creativity, respect individual mastery of craft skills and nurture innovative and original story telling.
Director of Sky Arts and Chair of the RTS Student Awards Phil Edgar-Jones said: ‘“It feels like we are slap bang in the middle of a golden age for TV and multi-platform programming, and the student awards consistently demonstrate to me how assured the future is for new voices and techniques to bring to those stories.”
James Wilson, Chair of Judges for Scotland’s Student Awards, welcomed the guests and discussed each of the six categories and the four craft awards. He outlined the guidelines of entry before introducing the speakers.
RTS Scotland Committee member Dr Rachael Flynn picked out highlights from September’s RTS Cambridge Conference: ‘A World of Opportunity.’ Among the questions asked at the conference were: Does the industry do enough to nurture and support new talent?
Dario Sinforiani of the University of Stirling spoke about the importance of the editing process, while fellow lecturer, Dr Kirsten MacLeod of Edinburgh Napier University, told the students that resilience is needed to work in the television industry.
Alistair Scott, co-producer and director of acclaimed Scottish documentary series Raploch Stories and the recent follow up Raploch: Where Are They Now? explained how he filmed the original series over the course of a year and discussed the experience of revisiting it 15 years later.
Entries for the RTS Student Awards will be accepted from any students attending higher education institutions, and their work will be split into Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Short Feature categories. Students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level are accepted, and a regional winner will be selected at each level within each category. The Scottish Awards will take place on 31 January 2018. The Scottish winners will then compete alongside other regional winners at national level, the winners of which will compete at the Student Awards in London on 22 June 2018.
Craft Skill Awards will be presented to reward excellence in the fields of Camera work, Editing, Production Design and Sound. The RTS Student Television Judge’s Award will be awarded at National level to the best entry overall.
Reporter: Alice Aries
Photograpy: Craig Donaldson