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Local studio Blacknorth wins RTS Award

Local animation and digital content studio Blacknorth has won a prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft and Design Award for its work on My Autism and Me.

My Autism and Me looks at what it's like to live with autism, a condition that affects the way you live your life and see the world around you. The programme was a Newsround Special, CBBC Productions/Blacknorth for CBBC.

Blacknorth Directors Evelyn McGrath and Kris Kelly, attended the ceremony in the Savoy London with Director/Producer Victoria Bell to collect the award.

Evelyn McGrath, Co Founder of Blacknorth said: "We are all really pleased to win this award, the standard of nominees was exceptionally high as always and great to see our work is getting recognition outside of Belfast, drawing attention to the growing animation sector here."

The film was nominated for its use of Graphic Design in Programme Content Sequences. The jurors award the prize for “…a brilliant use of colourful creative graphics that gave pace and entertainment to the Newsround special. Blacknorth and CBBC created a balance of fun with strong, deceptively simple animations that gave an insight into the experiences of autistic people.”

Earlier in the month My Autism and Me won Best Children's Programme at the 2012 Royal Television Society awards has since been nominated for BAFTA, Prix Jeunesse, Banff, and an International Emmy.

Kris Kelly, Co Founder of Blacknorth said: "It was great to be part of such a rewarding project, we have had a strong relationship with the Newsround team and look forward to producing more exciting content with them"

My Autism and Me – A Newsround Special, CBBC Productions/Blacknorth for CBBC

Victoria Bell, Owenna Griffiths, Daniel Clarke and Blacknorth

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