Portsmouth Students win Royal Television Society award

A graduate film produced by BA (Hons) Film Production students from the University of Portsmouth won Best Student Film in the Comedy/Entertainment category at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Southern Awards 2020, which took place at Winchester Guildhall on Friday 6th March.


The short film “Third Wheeling” was praised by the judges for its originality, high production value and genuinely funny and well-written script. It was made by BAFP students as their final year project before graduating in 2019, and they all attended the RTS event along with their two lead actors and three academics representing the School of Film, Media and Communication.

“We are extremely proud of our winning graduates and the quality of the work produced year-on-year by our Film Production students. This award is a true testament to our student’s ambition, creativity and talent, and the dedication of our staff team.” – Ben Thompson, Academic Lead

“Third Wheeling” is a coming of age story centred on two disenfranchised kids, who learn what it means to be a true friend. One, Cal, who has a secret power that’s best explained as being ‘the third wheel’ where, ever since birth, his presence has caused the people around him to become great friends, but in doing so always end up forgetting about him. The other, an unpopular teenager named Simon who, discovering the potential of Cal’s ability, befriends the boy in a bid to improve both of their lives.


(L-R) Oliver Sadler, Alex Piticas, Joao In Ung, Reece Palmer, Ed Price, Ethan Wright, Sani Nkomazana

The full production team was: Reece Palmer (Producer), Edward Price (Director), Ethan Wright (Writer), Michael Michailidis (Cinematographer), Alex Piticas (Editor), Elio Lopez (Sound) and Joao In Ung (Gaffer). The film was produced in collaboration with The Young Creatives Portsmouth (TYCP), a drama school developing creativity within young people by providing skills, opportunities and experiences while supporting them in producing their own exciting work. The Film Production course has formed a strong relationship with TYCP, casting young acting talent to work alongside students. This has provided a vast number of opportunities for young actors to gain acting experience on short films, as well as student directors working alongside young performers.

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