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UCA Film student and graduates win Royal Television Society awards

Our Farnham Film School has enjoyed a successful evening at the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Southern Awards, collecting two awards from six nominations. Leah Revivo and Joe Mills, who both graduated in 2015, won the Best Student Entertainment award for their film Valentines Park, whilst current third-year student Urmas Salu picked up the Best Student Open gong for his film Insert Film Title Here, I Guess.

Royal Television Society award ceremony

“It feels amazing to win,” said Leah Revivo. “Whenever I make a film there is always a nagging voice of doubt telling me that it's neither funny nor entertaining – the small urge to stop immediately and go hide. So to have the RTS Southern Awards substantiate that they enjoyed the film really is invaluable. It's also a really good looking award.”

Royal Television Society Awards

Valentines Park is a real interview re-enacted by actors in front of a green screen. The story follows the story of a Catholic priest whose vows are tested by his growing feelings for a woman. The film was up against two other films in the Comedy & Entertainment category, Pointless, and Being Nice, both of which were also produced by our Film Production students.

Leah has now moved on to work on her next film Get Up Rosie, a collaborative project between herself and another of our alumni, which mixes live action and animation.

Urmas Salu’s Insert Film Title Here, I Guess is a project that blends live footage with lego animation. Urmas fought off stiff competition from fellow UCA film The Lives of Others, and Gameplay from Bournemouth University.

Royal Television Society Awards

Our Film School’s final nomination came in the Animation category, where BA (Hons) Animation student Dann Parry received a nod for his film Love & Papercuts.

Our Film School has a long history of producing talent for the film industry, with graduates including Hollywood director Gareth Edwards – who is currently working on the next film set in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One – and Hong Khaou, who was nominated for a 2015 Outstanding Debut BAFTA for his film Lilting.

You can find out more about the courses offered by our Farnham Film School here.