Young talent celebrated at the RTS Cymru Awards

Young talent celebrated at the RTS Cymru Awards

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Newcomer award winner Ellis Clark and Industry Breakthrough award winner Sian Thomas (Credit: Huw John)
Newcomer award winner Ellis Clark and Industry Breakthrough award winner Sian Thomas (Credit: Huw John)

The University of South Wales achieved a clean sweep of the student categories at the RTS Cymru Awards in early February.

The awards also saw the launch of two Industry Awards to recognise the work of individuals in behind-the camera roles at the start of their television careers. 

Both awards went to ITV Cymru Wales employees: production specialist Ellis Clark received the Newcomer award and journalist Sian Thomas, the Industry Breakthrough award. The latter prize is for TV talent with a minimum of two years’ experience in the industry and at least one on-screen credit.

“The Newcomer and Industry Breakthrough awards celebrate the rising stars of the TV industry in Wales. We saw evidence of real passion, commitment and initiative, and I'm sure our winners have a bright future ahead of them,” said RTS Wales Chair Judith Winnan.

Capital FM South Wales breakfast presenters Matt Lissack and Polly James hosted the awards ceremony at the University of South Wales.

In the student categories, Dogs in the Apocalypse, made by Eirian Davies, Benjamin Borrow and Kevin Macleod, won the Animation award, while Angus Martin, Yat Fung Leung and Jessica Hayes took home the Entertainment and Comedy prize for Keith Barry John.

Preston Kevan, Ben Warman, Paige Bickham and Holly Thomas won the Drama prize for Faruq, and Jake Hardy-Behrendt, Ethan Brooks, Vratislav Karas and Marketa Janouskova received the Factual prize for Mathew vs Pritchard.

The awards jury also awarded four Craft awards, two of which – Cameawork and Production Design – were won by Kerby NG for his work on the drama, A Table For.

The Sound prize was awarded to Connor Law Twigg for another drama, Maggie’s Farm, while Vratislav Karas took home the Editing award for Mathew vs Pritchard.

“It's always such a thrill and an honour to give these awards and celebrate the creativity and technical prowess of students in Wales. We are getting a glimpse of the film-makers and crafts people of tomorrow – the people who will shape television in the future,” said Winnan.

The awards recognise work created by students attending higher education institutions and, for the first time, further education courses in Wales.

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The University of South Wales achieved a clean sweep of the student categories at the RTS Cymru Awards in early February.