21st May 2013, 11:59am
Lincoln filmmaker wins Royal Television Society Award
Besma Ayari A talented filmmaker from the University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism has scooped a national title at the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Awards.

Besma Ayari was named as the award winner in the RTS Undergraduate Factual category for her film The End of Silence, which examined the state of Tunisia exactly a year after the start of the Arab Spring.

After landing the Midlands regional accolade last year, Besma’s documentary film, which she produced as part of her Journalism course, was described by the national judges as “a brave, intrepid and enterprising film about the legacy of the Arab Spring…a moving testament to the human cost of revolution.”

Besma collected her award at an exclusive ceremony last week at the Barbican, London, in front of the country’s leading broadcasters and filmmakers.

Speaking about her success, Besma said: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the RTS national award. It is an achievement I never dreamt about while I was making the film. Winning the regional heat was already fantastic but I never thought I'd make the national shortlist. To actually win it is such a wonderful surprise!

“Those endless days and nights I spent in the newsroom have really paid off. I certainly couldn’t have done it without the help of the great staff at the Lincoln School of Journalism. They showed great belief in my project from the start. But most of all, I think I owe this film to the people of Tunisia, who inspired and helped me to tell their story."

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.

Barnie Choudhury, Principal Lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism, said: "This is the first time in the School’s history that we have been nominated and won the national RTS award. Besma’s achievement is simply brilliant. 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 extremely proud of Besma."

Following her graduation from the University of Lincoln in September 2012, Besma is currently completing an 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 was selected by the Al-Jazeera Film Festival, where it was shown as part of the “New Horizon” student film competition.

Besma entered the RTS awards alongside almost 400 other student entries, representing 75 international colleges and universities. For more information on the awards, which recognise the best audio-visual work created by students throughout the UK as part of their course, visit: www.rts.org.uk.
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