The University of Westminster has received seven nominations at the Royal Television Society’s 2016 London Student Television Awards.

The awards are the gold standard in television, and are designed to reward excellence across the medium.

Five of the nominations come from the Film and Television Production (now Film BA Honours) course, with one in Television Production and one in Animation.

The University dominates in the Comedy and Entertainment category, with nominations for  ‘Boom Bang A Bang’, a dark comedy made by a 2nd year Film team led by Jelena Krivosic, Ashwin Arvind, Isobel McConnell, Alice Trott and Hana Ishikawa, and ‘Roasted’, by TV Production students James Walshe, Nathan Visick, Benjamin Norton and Catherine Hughes.

Westminster Film students have two nominations in the Fiction category. In ‘Grandma’s Big Schlep’, produced by a team led by Rhianna Rizvi, Sophie Clarke, Zoe Kendall Shafir, Christopher Starkey and Lewis Cyrus-Thompson, things go awry for two sisters when they discover that their recently deceased Grandma wasn’t quite as Jewish as she made out to be. ‘Offside’, by Ellie Gocher, Jimmy Dean, Martin Jensen, Sophie Thompson and team, follows twelve-year-old Kirsty’s struggle to come to terms with her evolving identity as a young woman as she learns that she will no longer be allowed to play in the local boy’s football team.

There was also a Special Mention in this category for ‘Mr Duncan’, made by a team led by Laura Weissmair, Faye Landborn, Dominic Bergmaier and Aaron Guthrie. Six-year-old Lester becomes fascinated by his moody neighbour, Mr Duncan, and the mysterious machine in his garage.

Nominated in the Best Animation category is ‘Fur Away’, which is directed by Westminster Animation student Beatriz Dominguez Vinuesa.

Finally, in the Factual category, there was a nomination for ‘Kraina’, by Film students Christine Tynkevych, Kamile Dementaviciute, Vania Flacommio and Andrei Oprescu. Kraina is a highly charged documentary that follows a young woman’s experience of the on-going war in Eastern Ukraine.

The winners will be announced at the award show that will take place on Tuesday 9 February at ITV Studios. Students will be attending the award ceremony with Peter Hort, Course Leader for the Film BA Honours course.

He said: “Our students’ films are about real human relationships and dilemmas, and it’s great to have acknowledgment from the RTS that they succeed in engaging, moving and entertaining audiences. Film students have repeatedly won RTS awards in fiction, entertainment and documentary, but this is our most successful year yet for nominations.”

The University of Westminster Film BA Honours degree taught at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design is one of the best known film and television courses in the world, with an international reputation for its academic and practical teaching


Above: Offside. Top: Grandma's Big Schlep.

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