Student film makers win awards

By Harriet Evans | Staffordshire | Staffordshire entertainment | Published:

Filmmakers from Staffordshire University have scooped an impressive seven prizes at the RTS Midlands Student Awards 2020.

Gus Kearns won two prizes for his animation 'St George and the Dragon'

Winners were announced online last Friday by Sir Lenny Henry.

Staffordshire University received a special mention for an impressive 15 nominations and taking home more prizes than any other university.

Graduate Sam Herdman won the Factual award for his documentary ‘Caffeine and Machine’ about a unique hangout for motor lovers near his home town.

The other winners received two awards each with Gus Kearns coming top in both the Animation and Craft: Production Design categories for his version of ‘St George and the Dragon’.

Lauren Burnham won the Short Form and Craft: Camera awards for ‘Night Hopper' and Georgia Taylor’s short film ‘One-Eighty’ was also a hit, winning both the Craft: Writing and Drama awards.

Matt Brindley-Sadler, associate dean in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies, said: "We’re extremely proud of all our students and graduates who received nominations. To go on to win seven awards - more than any other university - is fantastic.

"It demonstrates the high standards our students aim for by showcasing the impressive professional skills that they gain across our animation and film courses."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
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