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UCA student filmmakers shortlisted for national awards

Two of our talented filmmakers from UCA Farnham have been shortlisted for the national Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Awards.

Having already won the regional RTS Southern Centre awards in their areas, final year BA (Hons) Film Production student Tudor Massaci and recent graduate Antonis Kitsikis will now compete for the national titles in the Undergraduate Short Feature and Undergraduate Factual categories.

Tudor, who is originally from Bucharest, Romania, is shortlisted in the Undergraduate Short Feature category for his film Nymphs, which features his own grandmother and explores the concept of life as we live it. On his experience of creating the film, he said: “It was very challenging dealing with a 12-location and 18-character film project and still managing to build a narrative from a very personal story without being too transparent, I hope. But to be honest, I am most proud of my grandmother, who agreed to spend half a day filming on location, although she practically never leaves her house these days as she suffers from Alzheimer’s. She had a great time, was focused and nuanced - like a real actress, at 85!

“I feel very happy for the recognition and the motivation the RTS Award gives me and many people who worked together with me on Nymphs. It truly feels great!”

Antonis, who is originally from Greece, is shortlisted for his film, Harvest in New Life. Upon being named the winner of the regional award in the Short Feature category in March, he said: “It feels beautiful that this story has reached the hearts and the minds of many people and can still be appreciated for its aesthetic value.

“My work tells the story of the gypsy community of New Life in Athens, and how they risk their lives to collect recyclable materials to make illicit money. Illiteracy is what leads their community into illegal recycling.”

The national awards recognise the best audiovisual work created by undergraduate and postgraduate students across the UK and Ireland. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the BFI Southbank on Friday 16 June.