RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s The Vivienne added glitz and glamour as the host of RTS London’s Student Television Awards in March.
“This year has proved how important this industry is – I know for a fact that if I hadn’t had my TV in my house during lockdown, I would have been climbing the walls,” said the winner of Drag Race’s first UK series.
Looking at the “amazing young, fresh talent” brought together for the online ceremony by Zoom, The Vivienne added: “Knowing that the future of TV is in your hands really puts me at ease.”
Middlesex University took two of the main awards. Yard Kings by Billy King and Vasco Alexandre won the Scripted award, while Timea Moshaver and Anand Tiwari’s One Day You Will Hear My Voice scooped the Non-scripted prize.
University of Westminster student Aisha Boudjillouli’s film It’s Okay took the Animation prize and the Short Form award went to a team of film-makers from London South Bank University, Ben Watson, Jem Horstead, Aeneas Macdonald and Sam Cousins, for Introspection. Watson also won the Craft Skills: Editing award.
The juries were impressed with the standard of the entries, praising their originality and commitment to storytelling.
“It was great to see so many entries, and so many universities and colleges taking part, despite these testing times. We hope our online extravaganza hosted by The Vivienne was the next best thing to being able to award the winners in person,” said RTS London Chair Phil Barnes.
Observational documentary film-maker Vanessa Stockley offered advice to the student nominees at the ceremony: “Always stay open-minded – the stories you think you will film never quite work out as expected and are often far more interesting than you could ever have anticipated.”
She added: “Stay curious – you’ll always be learning.”
The RTS London Student Television Awards were held on 10 March, produced by Ginny Bing and Terry Marsh, and directed by Phil Barnes.
RTS London Student Television Awards winners
Aisha Boudjillouli, University of Westminster
One Day You Will Hear My Voice
Timea Moshaver and Anand Tiwari , Middlesex University
Ben Watson, Jem Horstead, Aeneas Macdonald and Sam Cousins
London South Bank University
Billy King and Vasco Alexandre
Craft Skills: Camerawork
LCC, University of the Arts
Craft Skills: Editing
Ben Watson, London South Bank University
Craft Skills: Production Design
Know Your Sh..
Olga Rokosz, Kingston University
Craft Skills: Sound
Down There the Seafolk Live
Stan Greengrass, Goldsmiths, University of London
Craft Skills: Writing
48 Cuckoo Lane
James Sinton, University of Westminster