RTS Awards

RTS awards put North East's young filmmakers in the spotlight

RTS awards put North East's young filmmakers in the spotlight

Released: Monday 9th January 2012 at 09:35

Budding young Spielbergs with a passion for TV and filmmaking are being invited to showcase their talents at one of the region’s most prestigious media festivals.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and Borders Centre is calling on schools, colleges and film clubs throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Borders for entries to its annual Young Peoples’ Media Festival (YPMF), which is being staged next spring in Sunderland.

This showcase event for young filmmakers has been running in the region for more than two decades and has proved an important stepping stone for would-be producers and directors in the 14 to 19 age group.

The awards are split into three festivals: the Junior Festival (five to 13), which is a showcase for the youngest entrants; the Senior Festival; and the Senior Professionally Supported Festival, which is for young people who have been supported by media organisations to develop media skills. The Senior Festivals are competitive events for those aged 14 to 19 and will be judged across categories in drama, documentary and entertainment. The most outstanding work from the entries will be recognised and may be awarded a Royal Television Society Certificate.

All entries are judged by media professionals who will be looking for originality, scripting, creativity, visual flair, awareness of the target audience, use of resources and professionalism.

The Young Peoples’ Media Festival 2012 will be held at the University of Sunderland on 16 May and 23 May, in the prestigious David Puttnam Media Centre on the banks of the River Wear.

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Anti-Bullying Competition Information

The anti bullying strategy in collaboration with Sunderland CLC and No Limits Theatre Company toured schools recently presenting a series of anti-bullying conferences.
The conferences were attended by pupils from a number of schools in the City and feedback from all who attended was really positive.
Students watched a drama presentation called 'Why Me?' and talked about how the victim of bullying in the drama could bring an end to his problems.
Mark Lloyd from Sunderland CLC delivered a session on Cyber bullying and students were given the chance to have their say on bullying in the Vox Box.

At the end of the conference students were invited to take part in a competition to win an iPod touch. Your students were invited to enter too. All they had to do is design an anti-bullying app for a mobile phone.




The competition has been won by a student from Southmoor School and a student from Newbottle Primary - check out our coverage of the competition on Tyne Tees news above.


New Animation Competition for schools

Animation12 - The UK Schools Computer Animation Competition - is now open!

Animation12 is a free-to-enter, not-for-profit competition run by The University of Manchester, designed to enthuse young people about Computer Science and ICT.

For full details, and to register to enter (and receive a free poster!), please visit:

The competition is open to all UK schoolchildren aged between 7 and 19.

Entrants can create their animations (maximum duration: 1 minute) using any of the following programs: Alice, Scratch, Adobe Flash, Serif DrawPlus, Blender, KoolMoves and SWiSH Max.

There are great prizes, and the Animation Festival and Inspirational Computer Science Day will be held at The University of Manchester in July 2012.

Read more: New Animation Competition for schools

New Radio Play Resource For Schools

Radio can be applied to education in a number of varied and exciting ways. First there are the obvious things like developing speech and listening skills, comedy, drama and music but look a little deeper and it soon becomes clear that there is a much wider range of things you could do with your radio equipment.

As more schools turn to radio as an educational medium, the range of projects and ideas is growing exponentially. Here are a few good ideas for lessons that have been tried in real schools.

New - Example Radio Play - Mystery On Spooky Hill

This short radio play example package includes an introduction to writing drama for radio as well as production note and tips. It also includes a short scene from a radio play complete with script, sound FX and production notes.

Mystery On Spooky Hill was written specifically for School Radio and is not a complete play. Why not ask your students to write additional scenes to complete the story.

Download Example Play Script & Sound FX (1.5MB ZIP)

Tunstall Hills Protection Group Schools' Competition

Tunstall Hills Protection Group are running a competition for schools. You could:-

  • Take a photo 
  • Paint or draw a picture
  • Write a short story or poem

all about Tunstall Hills

The competition is open to all children between 7-16 and will be divided into primary and secondary school age groups in each category a £50 prize will be awarded to the winner and £10 to a runner up in each category and age group.

Read more: Tunstall Hills Protection Group Schools' Competition