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20th November 2012, 12:02pm
Lincoln film-makers in the running for more industry awards
A still from the film by Besma Ayari Student film-makers from the University of Lincoln have been shortlisted for a string of prestigious media industry awards by the Royal Television Society.

Lincoln has six nominations in the RTS Midlands Centre Awards 2012, which take place in Birmingham on 22nd November.

The Lincoln School of Journalism has three recent graduates shortlisted in the Factual category of the student awards and a separate entry in the main Best Promotional Programme category. The Lincoln School of Media has two nominations in the student awards, in the Fiction and Entertainment categories.

This is the 10th consecutive year that Lincoln students have been shortlisted for regional awards by the RTS and the University has returned with at least one award each year bar one.

The nominees created their submitted work while students at the University of Lincoln before graduating in September.

The Lincoln School of Journalism's Ella Meadowcroft, Oliver Perkins-Gibbons and Besma Ayari were praised by the shortlisting judges for their documentaries which investigate issues as diverse as student mental health, UK race relations and the Arab Spring.

Ella's film focuses on the English Defence League and the Muslim population in Luton. Oliver's film, The Hidden Cost of Education, addresses the issue of mental health and suicide among the UK student population, and was based on research using the Freedom of Information Act. Besma travelled to Tunisia to report first-hand on the protests which would trigger the Arab Spring and inspire similar movements across the region. For the first time in the University's history a student, Tom Bowen, will be competing against professional film makers in the RTS awards. His film on children's hospices is now being used as a welcome and training video for hospice volunteers and staff.

Their tutor, Barnie Choudhury, Principal Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "We are immensely proud of our students and want to thank them for being great ambassadors for the University of Lincoln."

From the Lincoln School of Media, Ray Wilson, Dominic White, Adrian Samarra and Nicholas Leer were shortlisted in the Fiction category for their drama Breakpoint.  The judges thought that this was a very strong drama. They commented that it was well shot, with excellent locations which added to the dramatic effect. They also praised its good direction and production and believable acting.

Fellow LSM students Darius Hosseini, Adam Clark, Louis Esner were shortlisted in the Entertainment category for their film Porcelain.  The judges felt that this was particularly well written, witty, and engaging.

Head of the Lincoln School of Media, Dr Sarah Barrow, said: "We're really proud of all that our graduates are achieving in such a highly competitive environment. Their creativity and ambition are truly inspirational, and we wish them all the very best with the next stage of their careers."

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