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UCA Film graduates win national Royal Television Society award

A filmmaking team of graduates from our Film Production course have begun their careers in fine style after collecting a Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Award. 

Our 2015 graduates Leah Revivo, Joe Mills, Bradley Kiel and Oliver McMillan won the top national award in the Undergraduate Comedy and Entertainment category for their film Valentine’s Park, a short film which follows the story of a Catholic priest whose vows are tested by his growing feelings for a woman. 

Joe Mills and Leah Revivo at Royal Television Society Awards ceremony 

The national Student Television Awards celebrate the UK’s most talented young filmmakers, with this year’s winners announced at a special ceremony at the BFI Southbank.

“When we first started making this film I remember the director, Leah, telling me her ultimate goal would be to win an RTS award,” said Joe Mills, the film’s producer.

“If someone were to tell us that we would go all the way and win the Nationals, I’d have told them where to go! But it’s so flattering and feels fantastic. We’ve had such amazing feedback from all of our family and friends, so it’s great we can make them all so proud.”

The team secured their place in the national event after taking the gong at the RTS Southern Awards in May. They were joined at the ceremony by current third-year student Urmas Salu, who was nominated in the Undergraduate Open category for his film – Insert Film Title Here, I Guess.

Joe now hopes that following their RTS success, there may be an opportunity to have the film shown on television. “That would be the icing on the cake, really,” he said. “It was so much fun to explore such a different way of storytelling, so I would love to tell even more love stories in that medium! Let’s make a show of it!” 

UCA has a long history of producing RTS winners, with past recipients including Poldark director William McGregor, who is now directing a new mini-series for BBC One, One of Us. Find out more about our Film Production course here.