The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Rochester and Maidstone TV Studios celebrated its first Television Production Graduate Film Awards (TVP Awards).
Simon Welsford, course leader for BA (Hons) Television Production said: “The first ever TVP Awards was a great opportunity to team up with some of our industry partners, and celebrate the fantastic achievements of the students. Selecting a single winner in each of the three categories was a difficult task for our industry sponsors and they were blown away by the quality. All of the students were very supportive of each other through the night and so it made for a fantastic end to the year.”
George Wing & Jack Whiteley 'Assumed Guilty'.
The award winners:
Best Achievement in Factual Production -Judged and sponsored by Renegade Pictures.
Winners: "Assumed Guilty” by George Wing & Jack Whiteley
Best Achievement in Fiction Production -Judged and Sponsored by Ignition Creative.
Winners: "Sophie" by George Lock & Andreya Bramble
Excellence in Professional Practice -Judged and Sponsored by Maidstone Studios
Winner: George Wing
Jo Clark from Maidstone Studios, who awarded the prize for Excellence in Professional Practice said: “Having had many of the graduate students helping with our various TV shows we were thrilled to sponsor this award. Not only had we received great feedback from our clients on their work but, it was fantastic to see their progress. The chosen winner – George Wing – did stand out and went above and beyond what was required. If you have a student like that – you want to help them progress their career.”
Karen Kelly from Renegade Pictures, who awarded the prize for Best Achievement in Factual Production said: “The five films were all really good, but I felt that ‘Assumed Guilty’ had excellent access and I was very impressed with the journalistic style George and Jack achieved with their film.”
George Lock and Andreya Bramble with the award for Best Achievement in Film Production.
These awards give students industry recognition on their student CVs which: “is a real bonus especially when students are starting out,” said Karen and “can add gravitas to their CV,” added Jo.
So, what next for the graduating students. What advice did the industry insiders offer: “my advice is to ask as many questions as you can to the people working in TV, take an interest, apply for our running jobs, and they will soon reap the rewards,” said Jo.
“Get as much experience as you can and keep an open mind about which direction you would like to go in – try everything!” suggested Karen.
To find out more about UCA’s Television Production course visit the course webpage.