• 25th year of the RTS Student Television Awards
  • Industry heavyweights to critique student applications
  • Winners awarded across animation, comedy and entertainment, drama, factual, news and short form


RTS: Student Television Awards announced for 2020

Celebrating the best audio-visual work created by students across the UK, the Royal Television Society has launched the RTS Student Television Awards for 2020.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students are called to enter the RTS Student Television Awards with winners awarded in each category across Animation, Comedy and Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Short Form.

The awards provide an unparalleled opportunity for students’ work to be seen and critiqued by industry heavyweights, with the judges looking for strong story-telling, innovation, outstanding visual and aural creativity with high quality craft skills.

RTS Student Television Awards chair Siobhan Greene said: : “I was bowled over by the experience of chairing the RTS Student Awards this year. The standards set in each category exceeded every expectation and the work was relentlessly creative and inspiring.

“I came away feeling uplifted and moved by what I saw. You’ve got to be in it to win it, and if you are considering entering I would say do it. You don’t know who is watching and the impact the work may have. The very best of luck.”

All entries must be from students attending higher education institutions and from students aged 16 and over attending further education courses.

Successful applicants must have been made during the 2018/2019 academic year and must be submitted by Friday 25 October 2019 via the online submission form.

For more information and conditions of entry please visit the RTS.

The RTS Student Television Awards Categories:

For each Award Category, two awards will be presented:



This award is for videos which are primarily cartoons, computer or electronically generated images. Where the animation/CGI sequence or sequences are part of a production with other portrayal, the judges will consider primarily the quality of the animated/CGI sequences.

Judges will look for technical competence, originality and the ability for the animation to enhance the way a story can be told or a message conveyed.

There is no maximum running time for entries but you are encouraged to aim at 15 minutes or less.

Comedy and Entertainment
This award is for videos of:

  • Situation comedies, comedy dramas, or sketch shows
  • Entertainment programmes, eg game shows, shiny-floor Saturday night programmes, quiz or panel shows, chat shows or other studio-based shows
  • Factual entertainment programmes including reality shows and popular factual programmes, e.g. Gogglebox, Love Island or First Dates
  • Music programmes or videos

Judges will look for technical competence (camerawork, sound on location, mixing and dubbing, editing, direction), quality scriptwriting, engaging presentation, humour where appropriate, pace and audience interest and engagement.

For this category, entries have a maximum running time: for Undergraduate entries, it is 30 minutes and for Postgraduate entries, 60 minutes.

This award is for drama and other scripted dramatic work. Please note if the drama is primarily comedy drama it should be entered in Comedy and Entertainment.

Judges will be looking for a strong dramatic storyline, with a script which helps portray and possibly develop characters, direction which adds value to the script, and a range of technical and production competences to deliver a memorable dramatic effect.

For this category, entries have a maximum running time: for Undergraduate entries, it is 30 minutes and for Postgraduate entries, 60 minutes.

This award is for videos of:

  • Documentaries
  • Specialist factual programmes such as arts, history, science, natural history and the environment
  • Feature programmes such as magazine shows, fashion, cookery, travel, property and other popular formatted programmes.

In documentaries and specialist factual, judges will be looking for a strong story, told so that it has impact, with characters who speak well, a script which helps understanding, all conveyed with technical excellence, editing and direction.

In feature programmes, judges will consider more widely the way in which the shows engage viewers and how they are presented.

For this category, entries have a maximum running time: for Undergraduate entries, it is 30 minutes and for Postgraduate entries, 60 minutes.

This award is for reports of university news or news from the wider community. This can be as a solo news report or a series of reports in a short news-based programme.

Entries are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the aim of television journalism to report the “who, what, when, where, why and how?” of events and issues using video storytelling by camera and sound and, where appropriate, devices such as mobile phones. Consideration will also be given to the reporter and presenter as well as report content.

Entries should not exceed 15 minutes.

Short Form
This award is for short, free-form videos with no restriction on style or content.

Judges will look for originality, creativity and invention in content and techniques.

Entries should not exceed 5 minutes.

Craft Skills Awards
To reward excellence in craft skills, awards will be presented to the person or people responsible for the following Craft Skills at the judges’ discretion from the winning category entries at both Regional and National Awards Ceremonies for the following:

  • Camerawork
  • Editing
  • Production Design
  • Sound
  • Writing

Direct entries are not accepted for these craft skills but are awarded from the relevant category nominations. At a regional level, the Craft Skills Awards will be chosen from the regional nominations in each category.

At the national level, the Craft Skills Awards will be chosen only from the national nominations in each category.