Students from Falmouth University dominated the RTS Devon and Cornwall Student Television Awards, which were celebrating their 25th year.
The winners were announced in mid-May during a live stream – hosted by the Plymouth-based brothers and stars of E4’s Tattoo Fixers, Pash and Uzzi Canby – on the RTS YouTube channel.
Originally, the awards were due to be held at a ceremony at the University of Plymouth in March, but this was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Falmouth University nabbed four of the five main awards. Harriet Owles, Lydia Branham, Benjamin Evans and Edward Grant received the Drama award for The Artisan, which “tugged at the judges’ heartstrings”. The judges were also “impressed with the attention to detail and quality of writing”.
The Comedy and Entertainment award went to Toby Matthews, Amy Lindley and Charles Power for Holiday, a nod to Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot films, which had “sharp visual gags – a fitting homage to a French master”.
Sophia Amatiello and Gabriella Jeary’s “powerfully effective and beautifully animated” film, Beware of the Dark, took the Animation award. Women Uprooted, by Dominique de Villiers, Fran Brotherton-Cottrell, Ellie Price, Grace Mosley and Andrea Stensholm Klæboe, was awarded the Factual prize for “wonderful use of high-quality imagery, and exceptional creativity and depth”.
Plymouth College of Art’s Marek Kawula and Matt Atkinson broke the Falmouth University monopoly, winning the Short Form award for Time is the Enemy, which boasted “professional production quality”.
Falmouth University students also won four of the five Craft Skills awards: Camera (Sui Generis); Editing and Sound (Sandstorm); and Production Design (Our Harmony). The Writing award went to Plymouth College of Art’s Lucie Eckersley for Nut Pops.
“Now, more than ever, it’s essential that we continue to recognise the achievements around us,” said RTS Devon and Cornwall Chair Rick Horne. “All those that made the shortlist of nominees should be extremely proud of their work – we may be in lockdown, but our talent certainly is not.”
Two Four and White Room Productions sponsored the awards.
RTS Devon and Cornwall Student Television Awards – the winners
Beware of the Dark
Comedy and Entertainment
Toby Matthews, Amy Lindley and Charles Power,
Dominique de Villiers, Fran
Time is the Enemy
Marek Kawula and Matt Atkinson, Plymouth College of Art
Craft Skills – Camera
Ollie Thurley, Falmouth University
Craft Skills – Editing
Mitchell Kendall Smith,
Craft Skills – Production Design
Craft Skills – Sound
Gabriel Stone and Benjamin T Jackson,
Craft Skills – Writing
Lucie Eckersley, Plymouth College of Art