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9 Jul 2019

Fine Art alumnus picks up two Royal Television Society awards

Alex Widdowson, who graduated from Loughborough in 2012, has had his creative talent recognised with two wins at the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Student Awards. 

Alex won the Judges’ Award for Best Student Film and the award for Best Postgraduate Animation for his animated documentary about Down’s syndrome, Music and Clowns.

Alex first developed his animated documentary practice while working towards his Fine Art BA at Loughborough. Four years later he enrolled on the Documentary pathway of the Animation MA at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2018.

The RTS Student Awards, which have been running for 24 years, recognise the talent of undergraduate and postgraduate students from universities across the country. Twenty-three universities saw students nominated, with the winners announced in London on 28 June.

There are undergraduate and postgraduate winners in six categories: animation, comedy and entertainment, drama, factual, news and short form. Awards for camerawork, editing, production design, sound and writing are also given out.

As well as the two RTS awards, Alex's film has received the Diversity Award at Spark Animation, Vancouver, and the Audience Award for Best Animation at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

He was also the recipient of both the ARRI Best Film and Audience Award at NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts Awards, the Best Director award at the Papaya Rocks International Film Festival and received a Jury Commendation at the London International Animation Festival and a special mention at Cinanima, Portugal.

Congratulations Alex!