Above: The Animation winner, Jasmin Hedger, with Tim Hartley
Jury Citation: RTS Wales Centre Student Television Awards, 2013
The following Members of the RTS Wales Centre Jury panel met at S4C on the 6th December 2013:
Tim Hartley, Chairman, RTS Wales Centre
Mike Talbot, Series Editor, Wales This Week, ITV Cymru Wales
Sioned Wyn Roberts, Content Commissioner, Education and Children's Programmes, S4C
Zoe Rushton, Producer, BBC Wales
Greg William Bevan, Lecturer, Aberystwyth University
Tessa Hughes, Producer, Modern Television
Hywel Wiliam, RTS Wales Centre Administrator
In all, 17 entries were received covering the four competition categories, although the Jury decided that the two Entertainment entries had been incorrectly classified and consequently no award was made in this category. Taking account of the re-allocation of these two productions to other categories, there were five entries each in the Factual and Fiction categories with seven in the Animation category. The merger of the University of Glamorgan and Newport University to form the University of South Wales meant that almost all the entries this year came from this new institution, with only one other entry received from Bangor University, in the Factual category. Although they were disappointed that a greater range of universities in Wales did not submit entries, the Jury Members were nevertheless greatly impressed with the very high standard evident in the programmes and short animations submitted which demonstrated a mastery of technical and production techniques.
The RTS Awards are for student television productions that show outstanding visual and aural creativity, a mastery of craft skill, innovation and initiative. Productions should also take account of the requirements of broadcast television and the Jury Members based their decisions mainly on these criteria.
This year our Awards were presented on the 21st March, as part of the Zoom International Youth Film Festival. The festival is Wales’s largest film event for young people, organised for and with children and young people. It was held in five venues across the South Wales valleys from the 17th - 21st March 2014.
(Pictured left with Tim Hartley are Miranda Ballin, Chair of the Board of Directors of Zoom, and Huw Owen, member of the Board of Trustees at Zoom.)