Wiltshire College & University Centre’s Film department are celebrating a double award triumph after picking up two prizes at the Bill Vinten Guild of Television Camera Professionals (GTC) University Awards.
Joseph Knott, who is in the third year of a BA (Hons)
Film Production & Cinematography course at the College’s Salisbury campus,
won the top prize on the night – the Bill Vinten Award – for his work as
director of photography on the film ‘A Thread of Life’, which was directed by
classmate Ruben Cleghorn.
As well as his trophy, Joseph’s prize includes paid
work experience and a year’s membership of the GTC. The runners up
were Will Marchant of Falmouth University and Klára Šimonová of the University
This prestigious event acknowledges excellent teaching
of camerawork and craft skills within UK educational establishments and 12
films made the final shortlist for the top prize – the second highest number in
the competition’s history.
In total, three films by College students made the final
shortlist for the top award as Ruben was also nominated for his role as
director of photography for ‘Taller – Five Tressman’, directed by Peter Gigov.
‘What The Hell Happened’ was the final entry from the College to be nominated,
with the piece filmed and directed by Benjamin Cross.
Alongside Joseph’s success, the College also won the coveted Bill Vinten GTC University Trophy for scoring the highest with their portfolio of films out of the major institutions entered in the competition.
Kieron Evans, Programme Lead on the BA (Hons) Film
Production & Cinematography course at the College, said: “We are incredibly
proud to win two prizes at the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards, which are a
prestigious accolade for up-and-coming creative talents in the film industry.
“Joseph is an outstanding young film maker and produced
work of the very highest quality. The standard of films was incredibly high so
Benjamin and Ruben should also be extremely proud of their nominations – as all
our film students should be of their own work.
“These accolades are great recognition for our course
and our students, and we truly believe bright futures are ahead for all of
The College’s nominated films can be seen via the course’s
Vimeo page by clicking here.
Wiltshire College & University Centre’s BA (Hons)
Film Production & Cinematography course is taught in conjunction with
Bournemouth University. For more information about the College’s film and media
production courses from post-16 to university level, click here.