University of Stirling filmmakers have won a top prize in the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Awards for Scotland.
Short film ‘On Another Note’ won first place in the Factual Film category of the awards. The documentary was created by students Emma Dove, Keiba Clubb, Juliet Hounam and Marina Gonzalez for their final dissertation project in 2012.
It features Balfron based performance artist, sculptor and musician, Sarah Kenchington, who uses bits of junk to make her own instruments. Filmed and produced over eight weeks, the documentary combines picturesque scenery along with quirky insights into Kenchington's work and her creative community.
The graduates received their RTS award at a ceremony held in BBC Scotland’s headquarters in Glasgow recently. There win automatically enters them into the RTS UK Student Awards taking place later this year.
Juliet Hounam said: “The RTS win is a great accolade for us. It is a fantastic feeling that the film has pleased so many people and everyone has been so complimentary about it.
“We would like to thank the Film and Media department at the University for helping us with this project, especially Leslie Mitchell, Tim Thornicroft and Michael McDonald. We would also like to thank Sarah for giving us an insight into her life.”
Other accolades already picked up by the film include ‘Most Interesting Female Character' in the XX category at the Underwire short film festival in London and Shooting People website’s ‘Film of the Month Award’.
Another Stirling student film ‘Free Rein’, created by Andrew Chambers, Fiona Gray, Bethany Lawrie, Sam Postlethwaite and Amy Saunders, was also nominated in the factual category of the RTS Awards.
Henry Eagles, from RTS Scotland commented: “There were some brilliant entries. All the winners and nominees were first-class and the Scottish successes will do well in the UK-wide competition later this year.
“For several years, Scotland’s colleges and universities have been delivering top-quality media and film courses and this is the proof they’re doing an excellent job.”
Students from six Scottish universities and colleges competed this year. There were 18 entries in four categories.