Award first for BA (Hons) Animation Course

An Animation undergraduate has scooped a prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) award. BA in Animation student Afonso Romano won the RTS Student Award NW for his short film, Alien vs Robot Episode 1 (below), which was also his final-year project. It was one of two entries from the university’s Animation course to reach the final three nominations and the first time the course has achieved top spot.

Afonso beat off competition from student animators from universities and colleges across the North West to take the title. Afonso commented: “It was great to know that my work was appreciated by others, that's the whole point of doing film. It’s better than any grade, pay-cheque or prize. More than anything, winning this award is an amazing boost of motivation to keep getting better, and a sign that I'm walking in the right direction.”

Alien vs Robot by Afonso Romano

Listing Monty Python as one of his inspirations, Afonso is currently attending a mentor's character animation course and is hoping the RTS recognition might open some doors into the industry.

“An award like this sure looks good on any aspiring animator's portfolio" said the Portuguese student. "Opportunities that might appear along the way are always to be considered. Life's full of surprises and this award might generate some curiosity towards my work."

”BA in Animation course leader Kate Corbin said: “Afonso’s talent and hard work has paid off in creating a funny, entertaining short film. The Animation course team are proud of all the student work submitted and hope to continue to produce this high standard of animation.”

Afonso had a special message of thanks for his lecturers: “I would like to send a big thanks to Kate Corbin. She helped me in the process of becoming a true Salford student and was key to my integration. Thanks also to Jaime Pardo for teaching me how to really squeeze ideas and take them to their full potential, and thanks Joe Dembinski for showing me the true power of planning; probably the most underestimated stage of animation. There's a bit of each one of them in my final project.”

Visit Afonso’s blog to view more work