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Awards success for York’s budding filmmakers

Posted on 23 November 2015

Students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television won four out of a possible six awards this week in the two categories entered at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Student Awards 2015.

A still from The Unveiling, directed by Ryan Bloom

They are all current or recent students on the BSc in Film and TV Production and produced the award-winning short films as part of projects for their degree. They are:

  • 1st Place, Drama - Ryan Bloom (current third year student) for The Unveiling
  • 2nd Runner-up, Factual - Hannah Ruddle (2015 graduate) for Our Ghosts
  • 1st Runner-up, Factual - Erika Budd (current third year student)for Flower Power
  • 2nd Runner-up, Drama - Luke Quine (2015 graduate)for When the Dust Settles

The Unveiling is a thriller about a janitor who accidentally unleashes a demonic child by touching a new painting at an art gallery, produced for a second year Short Film Production module. Our Ghosts is a portrait of two York pensioners as they reflect on their lives together, and Flower Power is a documentary that aims to explore the answer behind why people give flowers. When The Dust Settles is a contemporary drama about the dying moments of a British soldier, set in Afghanistan, produced for a third year group project in film production.

John Mateer, Senior Lecturer and Subject Head for Film and Television, said: "It is wonderful to see the high standard of our students' production work honoured yet again.  In the short time projects from our programme have been eligible, students have won numerous awards from RTS and elsewhere, which is a reflection of the quality of our students and the dedication of our team in teaching them.  I could not be more proud of them all.”

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