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Entries Open For RTS Student Television Awards 2015

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The Royal Television Society (RTS) has opened entries for the RTS Student Television Awards 2015. The Awards recognise the best in student television from across the UK.

This year will see the launch of a News category. Nominations will be accepted from students studying broadcast journalism and related courses at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Awards will also be given for categories including Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual and Open.

In addition, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Awards will also be presented for Camerawork, Editing and Sound. Entries will not be accepted for these categories but will be awarded at the judges' discretion.

Stuart Murphy, Chair of the RTS Student Television Awards and Director, Sky Entertainment Channels, said: "The RTS Student Television Awards are an important showcase of the extraordinary talent coming out of our universities today. These students will be the future of broadcasting and it is important to recognise and support them. The 2015 Awards will see the introduction of a News category. This is an important addition and we felt it was time to include and recognise the unique set of skills required for this genre of programming, by offering a standalone Award."

For each Award Category, two Awards will be presented – BTEC/Undergraduate and Postgraduate.

This award is for films that include:
• Cartoons
• Computer or electronically generated images
• Graphics

Comedy and Entertainment
This award is for films that include:
• Situation comedies, comedy dramas or sketch shows
• Entertainment programmes, e.g. game shows, quiz or panel shows, chat shows
• Factual entertainment programmes, including reality shows and popular factual programmes
• Feature programmes, including magazine shows, fashion, cookery, and other popular formatted programmes
• Music programmes or videos

This award is for films that include drama and other scripted work. Comedy dramas should be entered in Comedy and Entertainment.

This award is for films that include:
• Documentaries
• Specialist factual programmes including arts, history, science, natural history and the environment

This award is for films that cover news, current affairs and video journalism.

This award is for films that are a maximum of 3 minutes in length and can be on any subject matter.

Craft Skills Awards
To reward excellence in craft skills, awards will be presented at the National Awards Ceremony (for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate) for:
• Camerawork
• Editing
• Sound.

Entries should show outstanding visual and aural creativity, craft skills, innovation, initiative and story-telling. All entries must be submitted via the new RTS Online Entry System by Friday 25 September 2015.

The awards will be presented on Friday 13 June 2016.
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