Talented student filmmaker Diog Guerner has won a top award from the Royal Television Society (RTS) for his film Snapshot.
It fought off competition from 15 other entries to win the best fiction film in the RTS Yorkshire Region Student Awards. Second prize went to fellow York University student Liam Bracey for his film Someday Soon.
This is the second year running that students from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television have taken the top two prizes in the fiction category.
Held at York Racecourse and hosted by ITV’s Victoria Whittam, awards were handed out to winners in four categories – news, fatual, entertainment and fiction, from a field of over 50 entries from universities and colleges across Yorkshire.
Diogo, now a third year student on the BSc in Film and Television Production course, directed his winning film in his second year. Liam graduated in July, and produced Someday Soon as a final year student on the same course.
Judges said Snapshot stood out because of the way “a simple story was so effectively told with assurance and real skill, with the quality of the script matched by the quality of the camera work”. They also commented on the great use of special effects and overall standard of direction.
“I’m really proud and excited to have Snapshot representing Yorkshire but also the University of York at the RTS national competition,” Diogo said.
His film will now represent Yorkshire in the fiction section of the RTS National Student TV Awards in London next May.
Professor Andrew Higson, head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, congratulated Diogo, Liam and their production teams.
“Their success is testament to their hard work, skills and creativity, and to the excellent support and guidance they receive from our staff,” he said.
“Our student filmmakers have also undoubtedly benefitted from access to some of the best professional production facilities of any university in the country.”
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