Students scoop three awards for animation and film projects

15th March 2019

Sheffield Hallam University students on animation and film and media production courses received three awards at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Yorkshire Student Awards.

Students on the animation and film and media production degree courses won the animation craft - production design, drama craft - production design and factual craft - sound awards. Sarah McCarthy, a fourth year animation student, won the animation craft award for production design for her third year final project film, Fernweh. Speaking after the ceremony, Sarah said: "It still doesn't feel real, I just haven't come down from the clouds! "Fernweh is a German word with no direct translation into English, put simply; it means a deep longing to be somewhere else. My film is a visual translation of the word, and shows a girl experiencing that feeling and where her imagination takes her." Film and media production degree students Maya Russell-Baines, Hope Phillips, Leah Smith-Jagger, Fran Yepes-Walsh and Alex Timmins-Griffin took home the drama craft award for production design for their period drama film, Mater Mortem. Oscar Whaley and Joe Georgiou are also studying film and media production at Sheffield Hallam; they won the factual craft award for camera and sound for their documentary film, Resonance. Senior lecturer in animation Melvyn Ternan, said: "Attending the awards night is always exciting, I have faith in the amazing work the animation students produced but, the competition was tight. "For students to have the opportunity to showcase their work at events like this is really important. The experience recognises and acknowledges the fantastic work they do, their skill and dedication. "Being present when Sarah's name was called out as winner of the animation craft award was a real honour." Annie Watson, principal lecturer in film and media production, said: "It's always fantastic to see students recognised for their hard work and dedication. "This is a great boost for final year students at the start of their careers; I can't wait to see what they get up to over the next few years." The awards ceremony at Leeds College of Music, hosted by ITV News Calendar presenter Christine Talbot, saw students from across South Yorkshire come together to celebrate their achievements. Sheffield Hallam University is a hub of digital skills and expertise, with world-leading courses, research and facilities that help create the digital leaders of the future and support business growth across a range of sectors. Our research and teaching is constantly evolving to meet the needs of industry in diverse areas such as cyber-security, networks, animation, and educational computer game design. For press information: Laura Burden in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 5301 or email

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