Bill Vinten GTC University Award

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 6.00PM to 10.30pm

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television is to host a national competition set up by the Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) in association with Bill Vinten to encourage cinematographic excellence in undergraduate students.

The second Bill Vinten GTC University Award on 22 October will focus on students’ use of camera skills and looks for excellence in both content and craft skills. It is judged on a single portfolio of film or video in at least three different genres. These have to be wholly produced, created and shot by current or just-graduated students.

This year’s competition attracted 33 entrants from 11 universities, with the six finalists taking to boats, filming underwater, shooting in Cinemascope, and working into the night with smoke, lights and mirrors to get their work noticed. 

The top three camera operators will win prizes of work experience with the BBC’s Doctors production team and Lion Television, as well as trophies and membership of the GTC. The three work experience funds – first prize £2,500, runners up £750 each – are from the Television And Video Camera Craft Educational Trust.

In addition, the institution with the highest scoring portfolio from the films submitted by their undergraduates will win the Bill Vinten GTC University Trophy.

Last year, the Department of Theatre, Film and Television was awarded the University Trophy, while York graduate Ed Gammie won the top University Award and fellow York graduate Oliver Hadlow-Martin was one of two runners up.

This year’s event, which will be attended by Bill Vinten - one of the GTC’s most long-standing supporters and sponsors - and his wife Elaine, will be hosted by Heslington Studios, the commercial arm of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

As well as identifying new talent and giving the top three camera operators essential experience in broadcasting, the competition aims to encourage excellence in all genres of camerawork.

Director of the Award, Alan Duxbury, said: “While dramas feature in the shortlist, many graduates will work in other fields like news and documentaries so it’s important to emphasise the skills needed in these areas too.”

Carole Dove, Commercial Manager at York’s Heslington Studios, said: “We are thrilled to host this year’s Bill Vinten Guild of Television Cameramen University Award following the success of our students at last year’s event.

“Not only will the award evening provide a fantastic networking opportunity for students and recent graduates from York and other institutions, but it will be a great opportunity to show off the fabulous facilities available at Heslington Studios. Our aim is to promote Yorkshire as a major film and TV broadcast production region with facilities to rank with the best.”

Location: The Theatre, Department of Theatre, Film and Television

Admission: Admission to this event is free, but by invitation only. To obtain your invitation please contact Lisa Burch - Email: lisa.burch@york.ac.uk - Tel: 01904 325254