RTS Republic of Ireland Student Awards 2017

Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

The regional results for the RTS Republic of Ireland Student Awards 2017.

The awards were presented by Dee Forbes, RTÉ Director General.

One of our entries in the RTS Republic of Ireland Student Awards 2017 have been nominated into the Student Television Awards 2017:

Undergraduate Drama

Ciarán McNamara, Ashley Turbett, Phil Davin, Pierce McDonagh​ & team

Adolf & Eva

School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology



Undergraduate Animation: Sean Cunningham Paul Kavanagh Padraic Byrne Nicole Storck and team

Title: Define Intervention
Production Company: Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Catherine O’Brien - Bán
Keith Kavanagh - Are We Them Yet

Rapid and irreverent , this animation takes a unique look at the catholic religion in todays world. Nobody cares any more, and Fr. Priestley, because of his ineffectual despair, is whipped up into the spaceship manned by Jesus Christ and his intern, God, presumably for punishment or redemption. Original scripting and placing of witty set pieces immediately convey a well crafted animation with great attention to detail and unique comedy. Design is effective and crucial to this piece, the storyline is innovative, and the overall effect is a fast paced creative animation.

Undergraduate Short Feature: Jordan Murshed and Eoin Duggan

Title: Vitruvius
Production Company: National Film school, IADT, Dun Laoghaire
Jordan Murshed, Naomi Fagan and Gabriela Chrobak - Legend of Lotus Hall

Strong opening graphics with effective score and sound fx provide an impressive beginning to this short feature.. The distorted dramatic voiceover has a suitable biblical effect in this piece, and takes us through the study of Vitruvius’ work on the geometric proportions of the human body as we see man struggling with his chains. The background set of the famous drawing of Vitruvian Man by Leonardi da Vinci works well and the gentle surprise ending make this an unusual creative piece.

Undergraduate Factual: Laura Gaynor and Luke Brabazon

Title: When The Butcher Stopped Ordering Meat
Production Company: National Film school, IADT, Dun Laoghaire
Lauren Fee, Charlotte Reid, James F Kennedy, Eimear Nolan & team - Just Like a Mother
Edward Costello, Glen Caulwell, Eimear Nolan, Ciara Long & team - Become Invisible

Michael Quirke is the central figure is this engaging factual piece. As he works away in his shop at his intricate woodcarving, we hear how he changed from butcher to woodcarver. His sel- deprecating sense of humor comes over very well, as he chats philosophically about saints , death, and retirement, with friends who drop in for a chat, or even to sing a song! The producer tells us that the aim was to tell the story through observation rather than interview, and this worked really well. Good planning is evident here, with significant opening & closing sequences, cutaway shots and the warm congenial atmosphere is maintained throughout.

Undergraduate Comedy & Entertainment: Noel Aungier

Title: Trixi
Production Company: Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Jordan Murshed, Arron Lynch and Michael Flanagan - Labour Pains
Laura Gaynor, Dave Fox and Barbara George - NFS Sessions

This is a lively, narrative piece encompassing the world of magic with music, movement and charm.. Nostalgic background scenes of Dublin city enhance this production, and the storyline comes to a theatrical finale with magical effects. Done without dialogue, the eponymous Trixi deserves full accolades for her acting. dancing and stage presentation. Good planning and production is evident in this creative piece

Undergraduate Drama: Ciarán McNamara, Ashley Turbett, Phil Davin, Pierce McDonagh & team

Title: Adolf & Eva
Production Company: National Film school, IADT, Dun Laoghaire
Ciaran Behan, Nicolas Marnitz, Owen Costello, Shauna Costello & team - Cousins
Eimear Callaghan, Anthony McDonagh, Sean Clarke, Aisling Wade & team - Groundless

This is a well constructed comedy drama, with clever scripting, and good acting. The set, lighting, direction, sound and editing are of a very high standard, excellent attenton is paid to makeup, props, graphics and all of this results in a highly professional production. The black comedy is maintained throughout, and the twist at the end is works well . Both music pieces, i.e. ‘RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES’ and AL JOLSON’S ‘I’LL SAY SHE DOES’ work well to complete this very creative and satirical piece.