Once again, NFTS has more nominations than any other institution in this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Awards. NFTS grads are nominated in the following categories: ‘Postgraduate Drama’ for Dead Birds directed by Johnny Kenton and produced by Sabina Smitham; ‘Postgraduate Factual’ for Fake News Fairytale directed by Kate Stonehill; ‘Postgraduate Short Form ‘for Hold Still directed by Alexandra Brodski and produced by Nikita Leibovici and ‘Postgraduate Comedy & Entertainment’ for Control Directed by Webster Mugavazi and Produced by Robin Pagnanelli.
Dead Birds: A teenage badminton failure at a Catholic girls school goes to extreme lengths to win the inter-school cup. Dead Birds is a wild supernatural black comedy about competitive mother-daughter relationships, competitive badminton and how far you’d go to get what your heart most desires.
The Team: Johnny Kenton, Director; Sabina Smitham, Producer; Amelia Spencer, Screenwriter; Jonathan Flint, Cinematographer; Lilla Vindics, Megan Davison, Assistant Directors; Ian J. Crossland, Production Designer; Emma Clarke, Production Manager; Conor Meechan, Editor; Annette Slattery, Production Sound Mixer; Jamie Nicholls, 1st Assistant Sound; Sean Mcgarrity, Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Stefano Fasce, Composer; Baitong Monseu, Lead Compositor; Eryk Hildebrand, Colourist & Online Editor
Fake News Fairytale is a playful fairytale for the post-truth age and tells the true story of Sashko, a fake news writer in Veles, Macedonia, and his foray into truth, lies and politics in a globalised, internet world...
The Team: Kate Stonehill, Director/Co-Producer/Co-Camera; Jimmy Campbell-Smith, Co-Producer; Ronnie Mcquillan, Co-Camera; Alex Mcardle, Production Manager; Conor Meechan, Editor; Alex Collin, Sound Recordist; Óðinn Ingibergsson, Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer; Pablo Scopinaro, Composer; Hugh Howlett, Colourist & Online Editor
Hold Still is a short commercial directed by NFTS Directing Fiction MA graduate, Alexandra Brodski and produced by NFTS Producing MA graduate, Nikita Leibovici for Ataxia Awareness.
Control is an Urban-Adventure game show where a team of three contestants compete against Control in a race against time.
The Team: Webster Mugavazi, Director; Robin Pagnanelli, Producer; Briony Dowson, Laura Jeacocke, Sean Mcdonald, Cameras; Dominika Lapinska, Assistant Director/Floor Manager; Fiona Guest, Production Designer; Pearl Mason-Scott, Production Manager; Alex Mcardle, Production Co-Ordinator; Joshua Deji Bamford, Alex Collin, Sound Recordists; Luke Elliott, Sound Designer; Felipe Bolaño, Dubbing Mixer; Stefano Fasce, Pablo Scopinaro, Composers; Xanthe Bodington, Ibukunoluwa Taiwo Graphics & Title Design; Eryk Hildebrand, Colourist & Online Editor
The ceremony takes place on Friday 28th June at the BFI Southbank.