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Royal Television Society NI Student Awards 2017



Date Posted: March 29, 2017

The Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Student Awards took place yesterday (Tuesday 28th March) at the Black Box, Belfast. Supported by the Department for Communities as part of Creativity Month 17, the RTS NI Student Awards exist to recognise the importance of education within the television and media industry.

Over 100 guests joined host Jacqui Berkeley (BBC), keynote speaker Stephen Nolan (BBC) and RTS NI Student Award 16 national winner (camera work) Seán Murray to toast the rising stars of the creative industries and celebrate the key relationship between the creative sector and the education section.

The event highlighted how crucial it is that the sectors work together as political and industry figures joined tutors in supporting the student winners and nominees.  Entries came in from almost every Further and Higher Education colleges across Northern Ireland but it was Belfast Metropolitan College who took home three out of five awards last night, with UU enjoying success in the Drama and Animation categories.

Steve Carson, Chair of RTS Northern Ireland Centre, commented:

“We are now in the fourth year of the RTS NI Student Awards and each year we are delighted to see the standard of entries get better and better. These awards offers the opportunity for talented media students from across Northern Ireland to showcase their work to some of the creative industry’s biggest names. Winning an RTS NI Student Television Award will give these students a real profile in the industry as well as a recognised accolade to put on their CV.”

The winners of the RTS NI Student Television Awards will be automatically put forward to the national RTS Student Media Awards which will be held in London later this year. At these awards they will compete against follow media students at a national UK level.

The Royal Television Society is an educational charity promoting the art and science of television. The membership-based organisation works across the UK linking industry with education and celebrating talent across the regions. The RTS Northern Ireland centre organises many innovative events and offers networking opportunities to students, seasoned professionals and all those in-between.

The winners in each category were:

Drama Award sponsored by Westway Films

Recode

MATT BOYD AND RACHEL HYNDS

Ulster University

Comedy and Entertainment Award sponsored by Stellify Media

Mo Chara

MARC DOWNEY, JOEL McREYNOLDS,

MARK RAINEY, JAMES MALLAGHAN,

ADAM IRWIN, CONOR DEMPSEY

Belfast Metropolitan College

Factual Award sponsored by Crawford McCann

The Shipyard Poet

RYAN FITZSIMMONS, MICHAEL TURNER,

RYAN SEWELL, CIARAN MOONEY

Belfast Metropolitan College

Animation sponsored by Performance Film and Media Insurance

Adrift

BOBBY STRAIN, AODHAN McNICHOLL,

MICHAEL McCREA, REBEKAH QUINN,

SAM HUDSON

Ulster University

Short Feature

Kings Park Primary School

JOEL McREYNOLDS, MARK RAINEY,

CONNOR DEMSEY, JAMES MALLAGHAN

Belfast Metropolitan College

For more information on joining the RTS NI please visit https://rts.org.uk/region/northern-ireland

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