De Montfort University student-lead TV station and production group walk away with four individual awards and the station was highly commended at this years National Student Television Association (NaSTA) awards.
On 1st April, the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Awards were held at the University of Birmingham with hundreds of students attending the event, excited for a night of awards and celebration.
Lizo Mzimba (BBC Entertainment Correspondent, ex-Newsround Presenter), was the surprise host of the evening, and the categories were judged by some other recognisable faces from the industry, giving the students in attendance, plenty of opportunities to network.
De Montfort University’s own student-lead station, Demon TV, were in attendance, optimistic as they were shortlisted in the 21 categories they entered.
By the end of the night, Demon TV had won four awards and was highly commended as Best Broadcaster.
Station manager, Jonny Norton won the first award of the night, ‘Best Title Sequence’ for his video ‘Redwood‘.
Lydia George won ‘Best On-Screen Female’, a category judged by famed BBC presenter Fiona Bruce. “I was not expecting to be shortlisted, let alone win! It’s a pretty crazy moment when Fiona Bruce announces that you’re apparently the best female presenter in student television.”
“The reaction from all of my friends, and complete strangers, has been amazing and has made it feel so well deserved and I just can’t believe what’s happening. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me!” – Lydia George, winner of ‘Best On-Screen Female’.
“Absolutely ecstatic with the results right now, it feels incredible that we’ve been named the best student television station in the whole of the UK for 4 categories! These awards are hugely prestigious in the world of student television and it’s very rare for a station to get more than 1, let alone 4!”Jonny Norton
The final award of the night went to the ‘Best Broadcaster’, which Demon TV was highly commended for.
After the event, Jonny Norton, said: “Our Best Broadcaster commendation really goes out to all of our members and anyone who has supported Demon TV over the past year, it’s you that makes the station what it is! It’s been incredible year and I don’t want to leave!”
Other content making it into the top, final shortlists of the night include, ‘Leicester Falcons – Green Machine‘ by Chris Leach, Sports Producer and ‘Amaan Saves Christmas’ by Amaan Rashid and Kat Evans for ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Best Light Entertainment’ respectively.
Abi Sandler, a First Year Media Production Student, said the event was “probably one of the best weekends of my life with some of the best people.”
Charlie Burt, editing supervisor and winner of two awards on the night, had this to say after the event: “I was absolutely over the moon when Demon TV was called out for Best Animation and even further into deep space when Demon TV was called out for Best Post-Production. We had such an incredible night as a station and knowing my own work was appreciated by so many others was an incredible feeling; I now have two shiny trophies that I’m very proud of.”
“Big shout out to Lydia George and Jonny Norton for winning their categories too, Best Female and Best Title Intro; we have a lot of talent at Demon Media and this should really encourage others to get involved, it is worth every second of dedication.”
The night was a huge success for Demon TV and a testament to the hard work the students have put in over the past 12 months. You can find everything from Demon TV over on their YouTube Channel.
You can find the winning submissions from Demon TV below.
‘Best Title Sequence’: ‘Redwood‘ by Jonny Norton, Station Manager.
‘Best Animation’: ‘Yonder World‘ by Charlie Burt.
‘Best Post-Production’: ‘Learning Curve‘ by Charlie Burt.
‘Best On-Screen Female’: Lydia George. You can find more of her content on her YouTube Channel.