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Twelve students at the University of Leeds nominated for Royal Television Society student awards

January 22nd, 2018

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Yorkshire has announced the nominations for its Student Awards in Yorkshire.

Twelve students at the University of Leeds have been nominated for RTS Yorkshire Student Awards in six categories.

In the animation category, Suleman Khalid was nominated for Paper People, an animated short film illustrating a poem written by world grand slam poetry champion Harry Baker.

Paper People reimagines the joys and struggles of life in a paper-crafted world. The poem and animation highlight various worldwide issues and emphasise the power of common people united.

Leeds Student Television (LSTV), Callum Isaac and Calypso Coulton, were nominated in the comedy and entertainment category for Gear Knobs, which won a National Student Television Association (NaSTA) award for light entertainment in 2017.

The film covers a race between the two most remote student accommodations at the University of Leeds via bicycle, car & public transport. It’s no easy task for LSTV presenters Kyle, Billy & Jacob to reach their destination, as challenges and twists cause chaos along the way, keeping them fighting for victory right up until the race’s nail biting conclusion. Presented and filmed by a crew of over twenty University of Leeds students, mostly from the School of Media and Communication, forming six camera crews filming the majority of the show in real-time.

In the factual category, Ishan Siddiqui, Hugh Clegg, Carlotta Grimaldi and Charlotte Field were nominated for Taraash, a short documentary film exploring an Indian cattle farmer’s passion for script writing.

Kunwar Pal Singh is a farmer living with his wife and six children in Raipur, India. They are Dalits (formerly Untouchables) living on the fringes of modern Indian society. Despite his challenging life conditions, lack of formal education and burden of responsibilities, he has one overriding obsession: Bollywood. He’s written six feature film scripts and countless short stories with no sign of stopping. Taraash is an intimate portrait of Kunwar’s life, and an exploration of his eccentric imagination through the realisation of one of his short scripts, in collaboration with a film crew from the University of Leeds.

Kyle Shiels was nominated in the news category for Life Off The Ball – Mental Health in Rugby League, a film that looks into the man’s man world of rugby, where toughness comes first and everything else second. But is this mindset potentially dangerous for the players’ mental health?

Rugby is hard-hitting, both physically and mentally. Playing careers can take their toll on the body, but what about the mind? A new study from the University of Huddersfield found that a quarter of players are vulnerable to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression after they finish their careers. Student journalist Kyle Shiels brings you an inside look into the minds of these men, as you’re shown players from amateur backgrounds, all the way to former Super League players. With their stories alongside the expertise of a sports psychologist, we can now can now take an in-depth look at life, off the ball.

In the short feature category, Conor Toner, Joe Pipes, Julia Ptasznik and Eliza Mo were nominated for Joe Nodus, a short documentary about the exuberant Joe Nodus and his journey to become a self-employed poet in Leeds.

Joe shares his story from the influences of his youth to his more recent activities in the arts. Despite suffering from chronic fatigue, effecting his ability to work, his passion and talent for poetry has not diminished as he continues to share it with the people of Leeds. Intertwined with some of his own spoken word poetry, we see a brief glance into the life of a truly interesting and unique individual.

In the craft award category (for camerawork), Hugh Clegg was nominated for Taraash and Kyle Shiels nominated for Life off the Ball – Mental Health in Rugby League.

The winners for the RTS Yorkshire Student Awards will be announced at an awards event at Sheffield United on 21 March. Nominees will be presented with certificates and the regional winners in each category will receive a trophy and will be put forward for consideration in the national RTS Student Awards.

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