RTS West of England Student Awards, winners announced!

RTS West of England Student Awards, winners announced!

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Thursday, 27th February 2020

The winners of the RTS West of England Student Awards were announced on Wednesday 26th February at an awards ceremony at The Everyman Cinema in Bristol.

The region had received strong entries across a range of categories including drama, animation, short form, comedy and entertainment and factual.

The University of the West of England won in four of the five categories. In Animation, Harriett Bradbury won for her funny, quirky film, ‘Love Bugs’ and in Factual it was the short documentary ‘Building Bridges’ about the director’s broken relationship with her mother, which the judges said ‘was impactful and had us captivated right from the start’. ‘Tipping Point’ was the winner in Comedy and Entertainment and Pierre Niyongira triumphed in Short Form for his piece ‘Our City, Your Eyes’, a poetic journey into Senegal’s rich culture.

The Drama award went to the University of Gloucestershire for ‘A Dead Canary’, a black-and-white fairytale about an unusual young boy who has to battle between fantasy and reality when he faces a terrible tragedy in the Welsh coal mines. The judges described it as “brilliant and heartbreaking”.

The judges were Howie Clarke, Marketing and Digital Content Creative, Aardman, Kate Cook,
Indefinite Films, Alix Taylor, Project Manager, Calling the Shots, Lilly Moffatt, Digital Assistant, The Watches, BBC, Loz Whitaker, Producer, True to Nature, Josh Jotcham, Production Co-ordinator, Keo Films, Eli-Louise Wringe, News Reporter, ITV News West Country, Harry Lawrence, Researcher, BBC Natural History Unit, Liz Warriner, Project Manager, Doghouse, Stella Staab, Assistant Producer, RDF West. Judges were looking for freshness, originality and audience appeal.

The winning films from the West of England Centre will now be judged at the UK national level in April 2020.

There were also a host of craft awards handed out to reward exceptional promise in a number of craft areas- full list below.

For more information, please contact Suzy Lambert on suzy.lambert@rts.org.uk or 07967 680503



A Dead Canary, James Davis, Elle Ralph, Charlotte Murphy, Rachel Neill, David Richards
University of Gloucestershire


Love Bugs, Harriett Bradbury, UWE


Building Bridges, Josephine Cressy, Guillermo Quintanilla Pinto, Maximillian Wilson, Pierre
Niyongira, Luke Denton, UWE


Tipping Point Timon Williams, Hollie Traynor, Stef De Backer, Holly Bond, UWE


Our City, Your Eyes Pierre Niyongira, UWE


Our City, Your Eyes - Joel Douglas, Writing, UWE
The Stage Door - Madeline Jo Carson, Production design, UWE
A Binding Oath - Jake Duncan, Camera UWE
Nike Tekno Commercial - Alexsandra Borrisova Editing, University of Gloucestershire
The Burrowers, Yasmine Ellis, Camera, Screenology

Disco Dynamite - Maddie Carson, Meggie Jenkins, Production design, Jake Duncan, Camera, Tom Voysey, Sound, UWE
Brother - Isabelle Soole, Camera, Mitchell Brown, Writing, UWE
Widow - Gruff Jones, Harry Goldslade, Sound, Meggie Jenkins, Production design, Jordan Liddon, Editing, UWE
Eris - Valeri Lyanguzov, VFX, Bath Spa University
Jana, Tom Uppington and Cam Rutherford, Writing, Gloucestershire College
A Dead Canary - Rachel Neill, Production design, Mitchell Ward, Thirza Alacaraz Stapleton, Sound, James Davis, Directing, James Davis, Writing, David Richards, Editing

Building Bridges, Luke Denton, Sound and Pierre Niyongira, Editing UWE
Sugar Coated, Becky Barnes, Production Design, Bath Spa University
Dressing in Drag, Ashley Kenworthy, Camera and Toby Spiers, Sound, University of Gloucestershire
Intergalactic Empress Stah Power Girl Maya Belle, Camera and Jack Kelly, Sound, University of Gloucestershire
Scratch, Matt Hollis, Camera and Gabriel Michael, Sound, University of Gloucestershire
The Hive Show, University of Gloucestershire - Oliver Walker, Kofi Skingley, Judges Commendation

Duty - Annabelle Edwards-Xu, Camera, University of Gloucestershire
Grit - Matt Thomas, Sound, Production Design, Editing UWE
Love Bugs - Harriett Bradbury, Writing UWE

Live Bait, Rosie Sutton, Production Design and Joana Amado Simoes, Sound, University of Gloucestershire
Tipping Point - Timon Williams, Writing

That Looks Dangerous, commendation certificate, Kofi Skingley, University of Gloucestershire

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The winners of the RTS West of England Student Awards were announced on Wednesday 26th February at an awards ceremony at The Everyman Cinema in Bristol.