Published: 23 March 2023 at 10:00
ARU cinematic projects win prizes at Watersprite Film Festival and RTS East awards
Current Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) students and recent graduates have received acclaim at highly competitive film-making awards.
Recent ARU graduate Agata Kazmierczak has beaten off strong competition to win the top prize for Cinematography at the 2023 Watersprite Film Festival – an illustrious international event which this year received 1,500 submissions from 106 countries.
Agata, who now works for the BBC, received the recognition for her work on Roots, a film produced as part of her BA (Hons) Film and Television Production course at ARU. This is the latest prize she has received for the project, having also secured the 2022 Bill Vinten University Award for Cinematography.
There has also been a big win for current students Martha Wallam, Kai Wissler and Chloe Kelly at the Royal Television Society East Student Television Awards 2023. The trio’s work on Therapy saw them receive first place in the ceremony’s Entertainment and Comedy Drama category.
Therapy was produced as part of a collaboration between ARU and Shakespeare’s Globe, which saw seven short films created by students for a project reimagining the Bard’s work for a modern, digital world.
Discussing the ongoing success of the collaborative venture, Dr Will Tosh, Head of Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, said:
Announcing the results, the RTS judging panel praised the film for a “wonderful script, clean simple and clever design, and a great ending”. Therapy, they noted, is “fantastic in every way; conceit, direction, camera, design, performance and music”.
After winning the top RTS prize, Kai Wissler, BA Film Production student, said: