Level 3 SRC Art and Design student Christian Sloan has won top prize in the Animation Category at the prestigious annual Northern Ireland Colleges Media Awards. Supported by the Department for the Economy, these awards are now a focal point for celebrating excellence in creative media production across the Further and Higher Education sector in Northern Ireland. The Newry campus student lives in Banbridge.

Christian pictured with his art and design lecturer Fidelma Logan, SRC Newry Campus
Christian pictured with his art and design lecturer Fidelma Logan, SRC Newry Campus

Industry judges reviewed over 200 entries from all six colleges before choosing winners in Moving Image Fiction, Moving Image Factual, Animation, Photography and Music Video Production. 

The judges were Mal McCann Irish News, Eavan King, British Film Institute, Vinny Cunningham, Northland Broadcast and Fionnuala Deane, Dog Ears animation company. 

Fionnuala said “We saw some really excellent entries across all categories. Having been involved with the competition from the start I can say that every year the work is getting stronger and more diverse. This is a brilliant showcase of the talent which exists in media in Northern Ireland across many platforms from Animation to Factual. Congratulations to all who took part. For those who didn’t win this time, keep trying and for those who did, I know we will be hearing much more of you in the future.”

The awards, open to students at all six NI colleges, usually culminate in a gala event with a special guest speaker. On previous occasions students have heard from Damon Quinn, Producer of the Oscar nominated The Crush as well as Louise Gallagher and Shelly Love, Producer and Director of A Bump Along the Way. Unfortunately this year that was not possible but the winners will still get their trophies and prize money as well as adding the coveted NICMA winner accolade to their CV.

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