Students make the shortlist at prestigious TV awards

Two films made by University of Wolverhampton TV and Film Production graduates were shortlisted at this year’s national Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Television Awards.

The awards recognised the best audio visual work created by students across the UK and Republic of Ireland at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Awards were judged in six categories – Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Short Feature.

The journey, nominated in the Factual category, was created by Lucy Hurst, Hogar Salim, Kamilah Halliday and Ravi Kumar, is a documentary which profiles three asylum seekers who have journeyed across the world, escaping war and persecution. It explores the human aspect of what it really means to be a refugee, a person with fears, hopes and dreams.

Where I belong, nominated in the Drama category, was created by Rosie Benn, Luis Murcia, Ravi Kumar and Kamilah Halliday.  The film explores how it feels to be deaf and how difficult it can be communicating with people.

Both films were previously showcased at the Degree Show 2017 and at our Meet The Directors (Artsfest) Event 2017. "The Journey" won the judges award for Best Live Action Film.

Phil Nichols, Course Leader in Video and Film Production at the University, said: “Every year we like to put the best student films forward for the Royal Television Society Awards and we were delighted that out of 74 entries this year, two films made by former University students were shortlisted. 

“Being involved in such a high profile awards event, which also recognises the best in TV production locally, is an amazing experience for our students and we were delighted to show off our broadcasting talent of the future.”

Ravi Kumar, one of the finalists and a graduate in Film & TV Production, said:  “We had an amazing time at the awards.  It provided us with some great networking opportunities and we got a glimpse into the world of television and got to see, first hand, what makes a winning production.”

The Royal Television Society is an educational charity which promotes the art and science of television, encouraging and celebrating work and achievements in television production, digital and broadcast production in the Midlands region.

Anyone interested in studying a course in the School of Media should visit our next Open Day on Saturday 17th February 2018.

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For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: 6th December 2017

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