'High Flyers' wins RTS Award

7 May 2004:

At the 9th RTS National Student Television Awards,  DIT School of Media students Jean Devlin and Shona Mullen won the Award in the undergraduate factual category, with their documentary 'High Flyers'. The Award was presented at a luncheon in The Magic Circle, Centre for the Magic Arts, by Tim Vaughan, Head of Drama at London Weekend Television. 

The winning documentary charts the progress of two participants in the 2003 Special Olympics which was hosted in Ireland.  The citation from the Judging panel read: "This entry demonstrates the truth of the dictum that when it comes to documentaries the first three rules are subject, subject, subject. This subject was about overcoming disability-The film sent out a feeling of hope and optimism without once ducking the realities of Down's Syndrome and the difficulties of living with it."

DIT's School of Media was also nominated in the undergraduate non-factual category, with 'Screwed', directed by Colm Bairéad and produced by Greg Corcoran.

Some 237 entries were submitted for this year's Undergraduate and Postgraduate awards from all over  the UK, Ireland and some other parts of Europe.  Awards are made at each level in three categories - Animation, Factual and Non-Factual.  Entries for the Undergraduate group were judged on a regional basis and these regional winners were then put forward for National Judging. The National Jury for the Undergraduates selected three nominees per category from the regional winners and the winner was selected by secret ballot. The Postgraduate nominees were judged at a national level only.

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