On Tuesday 29th October, the University of Portsmouth hosted the 6th edition of the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards. BA (Hons) Film Production graduate Dennis Griscenko won the Runner-Up 2nd Place for the cinematography in his grad film Before Nightfall.
Throughout the day, Eldon Building was home to the GTC Academy Day where five camera professionals had guest lectures, providing students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries with excellent insights from the Film & Television industry, including wildlife, documentary, live TV and feature films. In the evening, the ceremony for the Bill Vinten Awards was introduced by Professor Trevor Keeble, CCI Faculty Dean, and then presented by GTC (Guild of Television Camera Professionals) President John Henshall.
Dennis Griscenko, the BAFP graduate who was the Cinematographer on Before Nightfall, was awarded the Runner-Up Trophy after the GTC representatives revealed his project scored 0.3 points behind the overall winner. As his prize, Dennis now receives a full GTC membership and also mentorship and work experience as a camera trainee with highly acclaimed DoP Martin Hawkins, who shot most of the notable TV sit-coms and dramas, including Ricky Gervais’ Extras, Derek and most recently After Life.
The First Place Trophy went to Mylinh To from Bournemouth University, for her camerawork on an episode called Firing Line – The Coward, while Boryana Dzhivdzhanova from the University of Chichester won the Third Place for Relevé. The GTC also awarded the Bill Vinten University Trophy to Bath Spa University, for the overall highest-scoring portfolio.