University receives 11 nominations at RTS NW Student Awards 2023

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

The University of Salford has dominated the nominations for the Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Student Awards, scooping 11 out of the 16 total nominations.

The prestigious awards aim to reward and encourage students in the North West to pursue careers in film and video content production and provides a unique opportunity for students to get their work seen by leading figures within the television industry.

Students from the university have received nominations in every category of the awards for animation, drama, comedy and entertainment, and factual film and video content. The university also swept the board for nominations in the Best Factual category.

Beth Hewitt & Debra Prinselaar, Directors of the Media City Campus said: 'It's excellent that University of Salford students have been shortlisted for so many of the RTS NW Student Awards and from so many areas too across film & TV production and animation.

“They consistently produce work to such a high standard, creating innovative, provocative and professional films, and for it to be recognised by the industry judging panels is such a great accolade and something that our students hugely value. 

"So many of our students based at our Media City Campus graduate to begin their careers within the media industry, and being shortlisted and potential winners of a RTS NW Student Award is recognition of the creativity, skills, and talents that they have developed during the time they have been studying here. We are extremely delighted for them!”

BA Television and Radio Production graduate Erin Hughes has been nominated for her film The Game in the Best Factual category.

She said: “It’s a huge honour that this documentary and everyone involved is getting recognition by this incredible nomination by the RTS NW!

“The University of Salford gave me the tools, support, encouragement, and patience at the very beginning, during the highs and lows, even now after graduation and into my career. Particularly during this project, that has a huge meaning and message that many people hold near, including my own that I was able to tell this story.”

The eleven films nominated were;

  • WildRides – Ines Vukobrat and Paloma Angelim for Best Animation
  • Rented Identity – Jasper Morrisey, Jack Welsby, Josh Lenaghan and Lucy Atkinson for Best Drama
  • Astray – Criostai Newhall, Toby Redmond, Adam Carroll & Megan Matthews for Best Drama
  • Ceaseless – Charlie Stackhouse, Callum Atherton, Jake Tripney & Archie McWilliams for Best Drama
  • Curtain Call: The Search – Jonny Irving & Miles Taylor for Best Entertainment and Comedy
  • Double Yellows – Joseph Macaulay, Callum Atherton, Phoenix Thompson, Archie McWilliams & Team for Best Entertainment and Comedy
  • Fired Up – Harvey Burns for Best Entertainment and Comedy
  • In the Blood: Britain's Youngest Racers – Aiden Vincent for Best Factual
  • Milestones – Emre Uygun for Best Factual
  • The Game – Erin Hughes, Meg Jones, Miles Taylor, Jacob Teagle & Amber Barratt for Best Factual
  • Theo – Arran Kirwin for Best Factual

The nominations follow on from last year’s awards night in which Salford students picked up four awards including Best Factual and Best Comedy and Entertainment.

The winners for this year's ceremony will be announced at the Alan Hotel in Manchester on March 23.

Collage below is some of the shortlisted films. From top to bottom, left to right, the films are: Milestones, Double Yellows, WildRides, Ceaseless, Fired Up, Rented Identity, Theo, Curtain Call: The Search and In The Blood: Britain's Youngest Racers. 

Collage of shortlisted films

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