NFTS graduates led the way at the 25th RTS Student Television Awards, winning six awards for excellence in Animation, Short Form, Sound, Production Design, Writing and Camerawork! The virtual event took place on Friday 26th June, hosted by comedian Matt Richardson. The awards celebrated students from 13 universities and institutions from across the UK and Ireland at both undergraduate and post graduate level with the NFTS picking up a total of 20 nominations across both audiovisual and craft categories. 

Siobhan Greene, Chair of the RTS Student Television Awards, said: “The juries this year had hard decisions to make, narrowing down a line-up of inspiring creative industries from all over the UK. We are proud to recognise and celebrate the talent coming into the industry. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Check out what the jury had to say about the categories won by the NFTS below for films Azaar, Heatwave, November 1st and Rough Hands and watch the trailers for each: 

Postgraduate Short Form | Rough Hands
The judges praised the film for having a “great story at its heart and a nice range in set ups. It looked great and all in all, very well executed.”

Synopsis

A day in the hard life of a nurse’s hands. The endless challenges, which require constant hand wash and sanitizing. All that work can be easier endured if they have the right skincare for their hands.

Cast/Voices

Elderly Man - Mohd Aslam
Doctor #1 - Paul Mansell
Doctor #2 - David Landeau
Nurse #1 - Lea Kandler
Nurse #2 - Kristyna Maze
Patient #1 - Andrea Lo Priore
Patient #2 - Karim Aouad
Young Girl - Abbie Middleton

NFTS Crew

Director/Writer - Fabio Mota
Production Managers - Beatriz Honorio, Malika Ruzmetova
Cinematographer - Lily Grimes
Costume - Annie Mullineux
Editor - Francesco Cibati
Sound Recordist - Marc Ct
Sound Editor/Dubbing Mixer - Griff Miles
Composer - Thomas Fitzsimmons
CG Artist - Jan Karnkowski
Online Editor/Colour Grader - Michael Pearce
Sound Designer - Ben Goodall

Postgraduate Animation & Postgraduate Sound | Heatwave
The judges heaped praised on Heatwave commenting: "Very accomplished and hugely enjoyable. The touch of surrealism took us on a great journey with a clever use of cycles which drew us in and then surprised us. Very well paced and as a result, it’s a film that doesn’t outstay its welcome with its beautiful observations. We knew what they were saying even though there were no words very playful and colourful, with brilliant production design. The ambitious crows shot view blew us all away. A superbly funny trip to the beach which left us with sand between our toes.”

The Sound award went to NFTS Sound Design MA graduate Kevin Langhamer which the judges described as “an excellent sounding animation. Nicely panned vehicles across the stereo image. Loved the Bouzouki strum for toe testing the sea temperature.”  

Synopsis

In the midst of a searing heatwave, two little children find a way to cool everyone down.

NFTS Crew

Director/Writer - Fokion Xenos
Producer - Priya K. Dosanjh
Cinematographer - Brendan Freedman
Production Designer - Antonio Niculae
Production Manager - Joseph Phillips
Editor - Stella Heath Keir
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer - Kevin Langhamer
Composer - Andreas Gutuen Aaser
Marketing and PR - Alexandre Ermakov
Model Makers - Thanos Kantzavelos, Harry Saxon
Colourist And Online Editor - Liz Glennard
Postgraduate Production Design & Post Graduate Camerawork | Azaar
The judges commended Production Design MA graduate Lauren Taylor’s “strong use of colour, the red elements in the costume, curtains, doors, blood which brought this together so cleverly. All of this complimented the locations and brought everything together.”

The Camerawork award went to NFTS Cinematography graduate Michael Filocamo with the judges praising Azaar for being, “beautifully shot with great use of light to create a brilliant atmosphere. The locations were perfect and enhanced by great camera work. Simple framing, haunting score and shots allowed to play out. Simple but effective.”

Synopsis

A coming of age story set amongst a small mountainous tribe of women in 19th century South Asia. Azaar tells the story of a spirited young girl who yearns to wear a veil and become a woman, despite the costs this may entail.

Cast/Voices

Azaar - Aashima Mehra
Hidayat - Kiran Sonia Sawar
Shehran - Neelam Bakshi
Omar - Reece Ritchie

NFTS Crew

Director/Screenwriter - Myriam Raja
Producer - Nathanael Baring
Cinematographer - Michael Filocamo
Assistant Directors-  Oliver Brown, Yelena Guillen Ortega
Production Designer - Lauren Taylor
Production Manager - Julia Jendrysik
Editor - Stella Heath Keir
Production Sound Mixer - Chi Limpiroj
1st Assistant Sound - Robert Wynne
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer - Ben Goodall
Composer - Roshan Gunga
CG Lead - Ysabel King
Colourist And Online Editor - Liz Glennard
Post Graduate Writing | November 1st
Awarded to NFT Directing Fiction MA graduate Charlie Manton. The judges praised the film’s “great dialogue” and “powerful subject matter dealt with expertly. So powerful and dramatic, brilliantly written.”

Synopsis

Traveling to witness the execution of her son’s murderer, a mother is torn between retaliation and reconnecting with her estranged daughter.

Cast/Voices

Bonnie - Lindsay Duncan
Caroline - Sophia Myles
Carl - Clint Dyer
Arnie - Clint Dyer

NFTS Crew

Director/Screenwriter - Charlie Manton
Producer - Theodora Shaleva
Cinematographer – Molly Manning Walker
Production Designer – Theo Boswell
Production Manager - Madeleine Sara
Editor - Celina Øier
Production Sound Mixer - Carys Ellis
1st Assistant Sound – Ryan Beauchamp
Sound Designer - Edward A. Guy
Dubbing Mixer - Adam Shuttleworth
Composer - Thomas Ross Fitzsimons
CG Lead - Paul Robinson
CG Artists - Roxana Loncea, Jan Karnkowski, Beatrice Mikulskyte
Lead Compositor - Ysabel King

Congratulations to all the winning teams, we couldn’t be prouder of your achievements!

To follow in the footsteps of our RTS winning graduates, applications are now open for Directing Animation, Sound Design and Production Design MA’s for a January 2021 start. Transform your future and apply now!