Hat trick of prizes from film awards

Winner: UCLan film graduate Kobir Miah with his RTS award
Winner: UCLan film graduate Kobir Miah with his RTS award
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Spielberg watch out... budding young filmmakers from Preston have scored a hat-trick of awards with their celluloid offerings.

The University of Central Lancashire dominated the annual Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Student Awards by triumphing in three out of four categories - winning every one except the one it didn’t enter.

Graduates Sam Cronin, Dan Matthews and Kobir Miah were crowned the winners of the fiction, factual and animation awards at the event held at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester.

Sam Cronin , 21, won the best fictional film award for his short-film June at the Baba Yaga.

about a young girl who sets off on a journey to rid herself of a family curse.

The 21-year-old film production graduate who is now working freelance for several Manchester production companies said: “I am really proud of the film and to be recognised in this way gives me reassurance that it’s a good piece of work.”

Fellow film production graduate Dan Matthews won his prize for a factual and personal documentary about growing up with an alcoholic mother while Kobir Miah was crowned the winner of the best animation award for his film Finding Happiness said: “ I feel so proud it really does prove that working hard pays off.”

Course leader Sarah Kennedy said: “ It is fantastic that UCLan’s students have been so successful at this year’s RTS awards.

“Their achievements emulate several successful years for the University.

“This year UCLan managed to secure all three available shortlist places for the animation category which shows our dominance in this area.”

UCLan is no stranger to success at the RTS awards with students picking up a string of accolades over the past few years.