LSBU Film Practice students win best Short Form at the RTS London Student Awards 2020
07 April 2020
For the second year running, two LSBU students have taken home the award for best Short Form at the 2020 Royal Television Society (RTS) London Student Awards, which were live-streamed from their headquarters on 18 March 2020.
The Jury Chair, Aradhna Tayal, praised the overall quality of the submissions, stating that the students have already produced work that meets the Royal Television Societies very high standards.
Hinterland, produced by second year Film Practice students Robert Hill and Marcin Sehn, won the category of Short Form. In this category, the jury look for creativity and innovation in films that are a maximum of five minutes in duration. The jury commented on the quality of Hinterland: "The film is well paced and suspenseful. The camerawork was particularly good, with beautiful lighting and a very effective sound mix."
Robert and Marcin produced the film as part of one of their first year modules, Physical Filmmaking, making it even more of an achievement, as they went up against films made by graduate students.
To Robert, the award means a lot: “It’s a real honour to have even been considered for an award by the Royal Television Society, let alone to win. The other films nominated were fantastic and so when our film popped up as the winner I was sure there had been a mistake! It’s really motivated me to get to work on my next project. It was great to make this film with Marcin. We worked on another film together since Hinterland and I’m sure there will be many more! I want to say a massive thank you to the lecturers on the course who put the film forward for nomination and have helped me improve my filmmaking.”
Commenting on the award, Dr Patrick Tarrant, Course Director for Film Practice, said: "The Film Practice degree at LSBU had more nominations at the 2019 Royal Television Society Awards (London Region) than any other undergraduate degree. Sam Buffery’s I Love Tennis then went on to win at the National Awards for best film under 5 minutes. This brilliant third-year film was not a surprising winner. But to follow this up with another winner in the same category (Best Short Form) at the London Awards in 2020 was a big surprise because it was produced by first year students in their first two months of the degree. The film, Hinterland, even beat out an animation that was nominated at the prestigious SXSW (South by Southwest in Austin, Texas)."