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DIT Media Arts Students win again at Royal Television Society Awards

Posted: 1 April, 2016

DIT Students claim top spots at Royal Television Society Awards

DIT students claimed a number of awards at this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) annual awards ceremony held in RTE last week (23 March, 2016).  DIT students claimed both the Undergraduate Award for Best Factual Programme and the Undergraduate Award for Best Drama. 

The Best Drama award went to DIT students John O'Rourke, Rachel Whelan, Marie Mathews and Sean Carroll from the School of Media, DIT for their drama ‘Battle Scars’.  Produced as part of their final year studies at DIT,  ‘Battle Scars’ highlights the contemporary problem of bullying and cyberbullying in school life.  In presenting the award, the judges described this drama as a well-developed piece, with good attention to all the disciplines of media production. They felt that the camera work, lighting, sound and editing all contributed to make this a worthwhile production dealing with a dangerous and sad scenario in today’s world.

The award in the Factual Category also went to DIT students. Jon Barton, Louise O'Gallagher, Tommy Flavin and Killian Sundermann took home the award for ‘Grey Area’, which follows embalmer and undertaker, Eamonn Grey. Judges felt the realist shots and atmospheric score worked well in this factual piece, which was well crafted and always respectful.  Artistic lighting and well-paced editing enhanced the production, which was educational, informative and entertaining throughout. 

This year’s awards were presented by Bill Malone, Channel Controller, RTÉ Two Television.  The RTS Awards are the gold standard of achievement in the television community and recognise excellence across the entire range of programme making and broadcasting skills.  Commenting on this year’s award entries, Charles Byrne, Chairman of the RTS Republic of Ireland Centre, said“The ROI Jury were delighted to have an increase in entries for this year’s RTS ROI Student Awards and the Jury was again very impressed with the high standard of entries.”   The DIT student winners will now go on to the final stage of the competition where they will compete with student work from all over Britain and Northern Ireland.

Drama

Award recipient: Battle Scars

John O'Rourke, Rachel Whelan, Marie Mathews and Sean Carroll

The School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology

Shortlisted: Pots & Pans

Darren McHugh, Máire McFadden, Sarah McKeown and Sean Donnellan

The School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology

Factual

Award recipient: Grey Area

Jon Barton, Louise O'Gallagher, Tommy Flavin and Killian Sundermann

The School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology