10 June 2021: The shortlist for the national RTS Student Television Awards 2021, were announced on 8 June and the NFTS is pleased to see from 17 UK institutions, the School leading the way with 11 nominations for our graduate teams!

The awards celebrate the best audio-visual work created by students across the UK across Animation, Scripted, Non-Scripted for undergraduate entries, and Animation, Scripted, Non-Scripted, News, Entertainment and Natural History for postgraduates.

Take a look below to see which NFTS films were nominated!

Three out of four of the nominations in the Postgraduate Animation category are NFTS graduation films. The NFTS films named are 2020 graduation film Something Borrowed, which has been previously selected for multiple festivals including Aesthetica Short Film Festival and was nominated at the 2020 BAFTA International Student Film Awards. 2019 graduation film The Fire Next Time, which has seen huge success already on the festival scene, being nominated for a BAFTA this year in the British Short Animation category and selected for a host of festivals including Sundance Film Festival 2021. Also nominated in this category and nominated at this years BAFTAs for British Short Animation is 2020 graduation film The Song Of A Lost Boy.

Something Borrowed

Synopsis

Pen to paper, a sweet old woman can’t find the right words. But when she lends her pen to a hopeless young chap, it’s more than just words that elude her.

Graduating Crew

Director/Lead Animator Micky Wozny
Producer Andrew St Maur
Screenwriter Nathan Hardisty
Cinematographer Twan Peters
Production Designer Gabe Robertson
Production Manager Malika Ruzmetova
Editor Jan Schroeder
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ruth Knight
Composer Ethan Jeffrey
CG Artist Jordan Carter
Colourist And Online Editor Andrea Lo Priore
The Fire Next Time
Synopsis

As the rioting spreads and looters push police lines back, the shadows in the housing estate and high street grow longer and the oppressive environment takes on a life of its own. A young mum stresses out about her benefits, a struggling father has a barney with security guards at the Job Centre and teenagers grow angry with the police who dog their every move.

Graduating Crew

Director/Lead Animator Renaldho Pelle
Producer Yanling Wang
Screenwriter Kerry Kolbe
Cinematographer Fabio Mota
Production Designer Nicola Sadori
Production Manager Stephanie Faucher
Editor Robin Whalley
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Jose Pablo Ramirez
Composer Marisa Cornford
Model Makers Oliver Arnell Argles, Ellen Carnegie, Angus Choy, Alastair Fleming, Emma Hodgson, Thanos Kantzavelos, Harry Saxon
Lead Compositor Ysabel King
Compositors Miya Shen, Lesley Cai
Colourist and Online Editor Michael Pearce
Song Of A Lost Boy
Wax puppet from The Song of a Lost Boy
Synopsis

Ben, a young choir boy, who after his voice breaks mid solo, has a crisis of faith and decides to run away from his community into the desert. He happens upon a group of nomads who take him in, though Ben hides the secret about who he really is, and must decide what to do with it.

Graduating Crew

Director/Lead Animator Daniel Quirke
Producer Jamie MacDonald
Screenwriter Brid Arnstein
Cinematographer Emma Langguth
Production Designer Steven X. Haber
Production Manager Amy Vearncombe
Editor Margred Pryce
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ruanth Chrisley Thyssen
Composer Darryl O’Donovan
Lead Model Maker Alice Simonato
Model Makers Gemma Byrne, Helen Ferguson, Narika Jaggard, Penelope Konstantara, Grace Lawrence, Agathe Lederer, Roisin McCallum, Sophie Monks, Rosemarie Nelson, Jake Teale
CG Artists Mafalda Soares, Yilin (Lesley) Cai
Compositors Nicola Bosari, Eliis Kuusk, Pietro Abati
Matte Painter Moritz Burkart
Colourist And Online Editor Michael Pearce

Half of the films nominated in the Postgraduate Entertainment category are 2020 NFTS TV Entertainment productions. Other Nature, a studio sitcom set in a chaotic matriarchal household and Wild Cooks, an adventure cooking show.

Other Nature


Synopsis

We’re catapulted into the matriarchal Kelly household, where a divorced, lesbian marriage counsellor obsessed with calm and tranquility (Laura) has to take in her wild mother (Siobhan) who blew her money away in Las Vegas, as well as her struggling recent university-graduate daughter (Carrie) who's stuck working, and getting fired from, various dead-end jobs.

Graduating Crew

Director Alex Cartlidge
Producer Olympia Christofififinis
Cameras Nicholas Averill, Freddie Finn
Production Manager Beatriz Honório
Production Co-Ordinator Tian Boyce
Sound Recordists Jack Brett, Alex Preddy, Jonathan Willett, Angus Puczyniec
Composer Ethan Jeffrey
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ross Wilkes-Houghton
Colourists/Online Editors Michael Pearce, Francis Qureshi
Wild Cooks


Synopsis

A new original adventure cooking show: two chefs are dropped in the middle of nowhere and have 24 hours to create a 3 course meal only with what they find.

Graduating Crew

Director Rohit Karan Baidya
Producer Sebastien Duchateau
Cameras Richard Boon, Nicholas Averill, Freddie Finn
Production Managers Holly Mann, Vigdís Maack
Production Co-Ordinator Lorenzo P. Monti
Sound Recordists Marc Canivell, Nicholas A. Ager
Composer Sarah Ann Boughton
Motion Graphics & Titles Designer Raphael Morris
Colourist/Online Editor Marco Valerio Caminiti

Another category where two out of four films nominated are NFTS films is in Postgraduate Natural History. Life On The Rocks, a 2020 graduation film that was nominated and selected across a number of prestigious Science and Natural History film festivals last year, including winning the Newcomer Award at NaturVision back in October and Secrets of the Salamanders, which takes a close look at the extraordinary impact the DNA of the axolotl could have on human health.

Life On The Rocks

Synopsis

For three years from 1960 June Nelson and her late husband Bryan lived in a shed on the Bass Rock, now home to the world’s largest colony of Gannets. June reflects on their time together and revisits her old home.

Graduating Crew

Director/Producer/Camera/Sound George Pretty
Editor Oli Bauer
Composer Will Turner
Colourist/Online Editor Andrea Lo Priore

Secrets Of The Salamanders

Synopsis

Imagine a world where there is no dementia, blind people regain sight, paraplegics can walk. One creature could make this happen, the extraordinary axolotlwhich can regenerate every part of its body. Scientists have just deciphered its DNA and we are in touching distance of a new world of health for humans, but we need the wild axolotl to achieve this and there are less than 100 left in the wild.

Graduating Crew

Director/Producer/Sound Madelaine Westwood
Camera Nathan Small
Editor Waltteri Vanhanen
Assistant Editor Constance Brannick
Foley Artist Joe De-Vine
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ruth Knight
Composer Sarah Ann Boughton
Motion Graphics Artist Yilin (Lesley) Cai
Concept Artist Moritz Burkart
VFX Supervisor/VFX Generalist Artist Kristiāna Turlaja
FX Artist Miya Shen
CG Artist Mafalda Soares
Compositors Nicola Borsari, Eliis Kuusk
Colourist/Online Editor Michael Pearce
Additional Colourist Alex Coveney

2020 graduation documentary Inside A Marriage is flying the flag for the NFTS in the Postgraduate Non-Scripted category.



Synopsis

After 10 years of marriage, Shilpa and Dipak have temporarily separated to take stock and consider whether they have a future together.

Graduating Crew

Director/Producer/Camera Ben Cheetham
Production Manager Tian Boyce
Editor Margred Pryce
Sound Recordists Jonathan Willett, Jake Hickey
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ed Rousseau
Composer Adam Speck
Colourist And Online Editor Marco Valerio

Finally, in the Postgraduate Scripted category, three out of four of the films nominated are NFTS graduation films. City Of Lost Children, a near future thriller set in a refugee camp for kids in the UK, Stratum Deep, which won the Silver Tadpole at Camerimage International Film Festival 2020 and Who Goes There? a film that has been selected for multiple festivals including this year’s Brussels International Film Festival, was shortlisted for last year’s BAFTA International Student Film Awards and won at multiple festivals in 2020 including the Heartland Horror Award and Heartland Horror: Audience Choice Award at Indy Shorts International Film Festival.

City Of Lost Children


Synopsis

City of Lost Children is a near future thriller set in a refugee camp for kids in the UK. We follow Dami and Azra as they negotiate the chaos of the camp, desperately trying to find a home for Dami before Azra is deported the next day.

Graduating Crew

Director Misha Vertkin
Producer Jesse Romain
Screenwriter Brid Arnstein
Cinematographer Pep Bosch
Production Designer Anna Woloszczuk
Assistant Directors Caroline Frandsen, Mathilde Levesque
Assistant Cameras Davide Scalenghe Migliarini, Stefano Steno
Production Manager Tian Boyce
Editor Ed Coltman
Stratum Deep


Synopsis

Robert, a young coal miner, is severely injured yet forced to rescue his father in the accidental collapse of their coal mine. Historical Fiction set in the aftermath of the 1980s Miners’ Strike.

Graduating Crew

Director Lian Meng Rose
Producer James Bowsher
Screenwriter Nathan Hardisty
Cinematographer Nathalie Pitters
Production Designer Andrew Thomas Merrison
Assistant Directors osie Collins, Aline Leduc
Assistant Camera Mark Frendo
Production Manager Lára Theódóra Kristjánsdóttir
Editor Gareth Pugh
Production Sound Mixer Griff Miles
1st Assistant Sound Angus Puczyniec
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ruanth Chrisley Thyssen
Composer Ethan Jeffrey
VFX Supervisor Nicola Borsari
VFX Producer Dominik Bari
CG Artists Jordan Carter, Mafalda Soares, Miya Shen, Terrence Hughes
Compositors Nicola Borsari, Dominik Bari, Eliis Kuusk, Carina Carlsson
Colourist/Online Editor Michael Pearce
Who Goes There?


Synopsis

1880: Three Norwegian sisters’ trust is tested when a stranger appears on the prairie. When the eldest invites the man in to heal her dying sister, she doesn’t realise that a supernatural force is crossing her threshold.

Graduating Crew

Director Astrid Thorvaldsen
Producer Leah Bethany Jones
Screenwriter William Gillies
Cinematographer Graham Boonzaaier
Production Designer Peter Coulthard
Assistant Directors Gabriel Lippe, Laura Briggs, Rosie Collins
Assistant Camera Mark Frendo, Romyn Sharma
Production Manager Amy Vearncombe
Editor & Online Editor Armiliah Aripin
Production Sound Mixer Nicholas A. Ager
1st Assistant Sound Jonathan Willett
Sound Designers João Fonte, Ines Adriana
Composer Adam Speck
VFX Supervisor Eliis Kuusk
VFX Producer Andrea Lo Priore
CG Artists Valerie George, Eugenio Troiani, Mafalda Soares
FX Artist Miya Shen
Compositors Dominik Bari, Nicola Bosari, Yilin (Lesley) Cai, Eliis Kuusk
Colourist Andrea Lo Priore
Assistant Colourist Francis Qureshi

Siobhan Greene, Managing Director, 110% Content and Chair of the RTS Student Television Awards, said: “It's an uplifting experience to watch all of this year's nominated work - especially as there is so much heart, talent and imagination on display. After the year we've all been through this creative expression and freedom feels all the more important and impressive and I felt inspired by what I saw. I'm excited to meet the nominees and congratulate them. They absolutely deserve it."

The winners of the RTS Student Television Awards 2021 will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Friday 25 June at 2pm BST, streamed live via the RTS website and hosted by broadcast presenter and award-winning radio host, Vick Hope.

Huge congratulations and best of luck to the nominated NFTS films and the teams that worked so hard on them!

All of the films mentioned in this blog were made at the NFTS by students studying across multiple disciplines from Directing to Cinematography, Digital Effects to Sound.

  • Collaborate with students on other courses
  • Train with industry standard equipment, in industry standard conditions
  • All production costs paid for by the School

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