On January 31st, RTS Wales Centre held an Industry Day event in conjunction with the Film and TV School Wales/University of South Wales. The day included a conference to celebrate and discuss the future of TV in Wales, an industry fair, networking opportunities, and masterclasses.
The day concluded with the RTS Wales Centre Student Television Awards, presented by Daniel Glyn, which were held in the Atrium Theatre. (Picture above tweeted by USW Create. Used with permission.)
The RTS Wales Centre Jury panel consisted of the following members:
Judith Winnan, Jury Chair & Chair, RTS Wales
Lynn Courtney, Producer/Director, ITV Cymru Wales
Sophie Francis, Lecturer, Bath University
Daniel Glyn, Managing Director, Made in Cardiff
Martyn Ingram, Managing Director, Wales & Co
Owain Morgan Jones, Leader, Brand and Image, S4C
Samantha Rosie, Executive Producer, BBC Cymru Wales
The Jury Members were pleased to see a wide range of entries this year, sent in from three universities: Aberystwyth University, the University of South Wales, and the University of Wales, Trinity St David. The entries received covered the competition categories, Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, and Short Features. However, there were no entries in the News category, as there are currently very few under-graduate journalism courses offered in Wales.
The Student Television Awards are for student television work that shows outstanding visual and aural creativity, a mastery of craft skills, innovation, initiative, and story-telling. The Jury looked in particular for freshness, originality, and audience appeal within the constraints of the law and broadcasting practice, and their decisions were based mainly on these criteria.
The Jury Members were very impressed with the high standard evident across the entries submitted, which clearly demonstrated a mastery of technical and production techniques. The Jury nominated up to three entries in each main category, and they also had the discretion to award a number of Craft Awards.