Bangor University graduate Noah Greenhalgh was one of the winners of a prestigious RTS Cymru Wales Award at the annual celebration of television and film making held at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Noah’s postgraduate film, Matchiko: The Last Settlement, a short animated production with a strong environmental theme, won the Student Craft Award for Sound.
Noah studied an MA in Filmmaking at Bangor and now works as an Assistant Animator at TAPE Community Music and Film in Colwyn Bay.
On winning the award, Noah said, “It was a surreal moment, as I completed the film ‘Matchiko’ in a tiny cottage in the mountains in Snowdonia, so stepping off the mountains and onto the RTS awards stage was truly an amazing, but nerve-wracking experience!
“The support and kindness I have received from my friends, family and my tutors has been incredible, and it has definitely inspired me to keep using the art of animation to tell stories.
“I am honoured to have been able to attend the RTS awards. Being able to celebrate creativity with like-minded folks was so lovely, and it will be an evening I will remember for a long, long time!”
Noah’s film wasn’t the only Bangor University production to have been nominated, with two factual productions also reaching the short lists for these awards. Ultimate Retro Party, a short film focusing on a rock-climbing challenge, and made by recent graduates Callum Brunskill, Rufina Kaloyanova and Grayson Stripling, was nominated in the Undergraduate Factual Production category. Shafin Basheer’s Life with Emotions, a profile of Llandudno-based sculptor Nick Elphick, also received a nomination in the Postgraduate Factual Production category.
“It was a great evening, for Noah and the other nominees from Bangor”, said Media Lecturer Dr Geraint Ellis. "They deserve every recognition for their success – there was a relatively small number of student categories, but it was very encouraging to see how these awards were integrated into the overall ceremony, alongside the industry awards, and the students also took advantage of the opportunity to talk to fellow attendees after the ceremony, with the students’ acceptance speeches making a particular impact on those who were present."
Other Bangor alumni were also involved with various productions that were nominated and achieved success, including Nia Roberts, who produced Hywel Gwynfryn yn 80, which won the prize for Best Comedy or Entertainment production.