11th April 2013, 8:54am
Royal Television Society honours Lincoln School of Journalism with national nomination
Besma Ayari in Tunisia A filmmaker from the University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism is celebrating after being shortlisted for a national Royal Television Society Award.

Besma Ayari’s film, The End of Silence, is one of just three films in the running for a RTS Student Television Award in the Undergraduate Factual category, after she landed the Midlands regional title last year.

Besma’s documentary was selected by judges after entries from all fourteen RTS centres nationwide were whittled down to just three finalists. Besma will discover if she has won the prestigious national title at the RTS Student Television Awards ceremony at the Barbican Theatre, London, on Friday 17th May 2013.

Speaking about her nomination, Besma said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated for the RTS national awards. Winning the regional heat was fantastic and I never thought I would make the national shortlist, so it is a wonderful surprise!

“I’m so pleased that my hard work throughout my time at university has paid off, and I am extremely grateful for the support of the great staff at the Lincoln School of Journalism. They showed great belief in my project from the start, and now I am very excited about celebrating our success at the RTS awards ceremony in May.”

Following her graduation in September 2012, Besma is currently completing a four-month internship as a Production Assistant with Deepeei Productions in Amsterdam. This year, she has also been shortlisted for the One World Media Awards and The End of Silence has been selected by the Al-Jazeera Film Festival, where it will be shown as part of the “New Horizon” student film competition.

Barnie Choudhury, Principal Lecturer at the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "This is the first time in the School’s history that we have been nominated for a national RTS award. It is a great achievement by Besma to get this far. She has had a stellar year. The television team of Mike Bryan and John Cafferkey as well as the rest of us at the Lincoln School of Journalism are really proud of Besma and are keeping everything crossed for a win."

The End of Silence is a short documentary film about post-revolution Tunisia. Through the personal stories of individuals who participated and played an important role in the revolution, the film explores the changes encountered by people fighting for a new Tunisia.

Students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism and School of Media have previously enjoyed success at the RTS Student Television Awards, which recognise the best audiovisual work created by students throughout the UK as part of their course.
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