Hartlepool students scoop regional film-making awards

From left, BBC presenter Chris Jackson, Festival Director Tony Edwards, Hartlepol student Matt Appleyard and Graeme Thompson, chair of RTS North East and the Border Centre. Picture credit: 2 Tone Photography Ltd.
From left, BBC presenter Chris Jackson, Festival Director Tony Edwards, Hartlepol student Matt Appleyard and Graeme Thompson, chair of RTS North East and the Border Centre. Picture credit: 2 Tone Photography Ltd.

Students from Hartlepool have been hailed as film-making stars of the future after scooping regional awards.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College students Matthew Appleyard, Doug Macaskill, Tom Curtis and Hollie Boynton-Briggs had their work recognised at the Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and Borders Centre, Young Peoples’ Media Festival.

The young entrants have clearly shown their ability to creatively tell a great story though their excellent submissions.

Graeme Thompson, Chair of the RTS North East and the Border Centre

The presentation took place at the University of Sunderland, and the Hartlepool quartet won the best drama category for their film, Bench.

Matthew and Doug, with fellow Hartlepool Sixth Form College students Josh Ingledew, Jordan Thornhill, Alice Gilhesry-Swan and Mark Tones, were also presented with an RTS Commendation Certificate in the entertainment category for another film, Cope.

The event at the university celebrated work from students, schools and colleges throughout the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Graeme Thompson, dean of arts design and media at the University of Sunderland and chairman of the RTS North East and the Border Centre, said: “The young entrants have clearly shown their ability to creatively tell a great story though their excellent submissions.

“The awards inspire the next generation of film-makers, but for me and the university’s media team, meeting the entrants and seeing the work of these young film producers and directors is equally inspiring.”

Entrants were judged on their judged creativity, storytelling, craft skills and originality in the event, which has been running for more than two decades.

Tony Edwards, director of the festival and member of the RTS Regional Committee, said: “I am always impressed by the high standard of creativity and enthusiasm that the young people of our region display in their entries to this festival.

“This year, particularly, the standard was high and the judges of both junior and senior events had a difficult task in determining the winners. I think the most important thing about this competition is to give reward and encouragement to our young people’s creativity and commitment. An RTS Certificate is that recognition.”