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Date: 02/10/2017

Herefordshire-based digital arts charity and media production company, Rural Media, has been nominated in two categories for the 2017 Royal Television Society Midlands Awards:

Best Promotional Film’ for its participatory production work with Wyre Forest Nightstop, a charity working with young homeless people; and ‘Excellence in Digital Content’ for First Acts. 
Nightstop was produced by Rural Media’s production arm called Rural Media Productions , which launched in April 2016, income from which is invested directly back in to the charity.  The three short films were created through a workshops process involving three young people who had overcome homelessness.  As well as investing practical transferable skills Rural Media Production’s work enabled participants to turn their experiences into powerful promotional material for Nightstop. 
Judith Ford speaking on behalf of Nightstop said “we are delighted that the film produced by Rural Media has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, it powerfully documents the journeys of our young people and their experiences of homelessness.  The young people felt they were involved throughout which is testament to the team at Rural Media who produced the film.”   
Amie who appears in the film said: “it was a really fun learning experience, it was also an amazing opportunity to tell our stories and show how NIghtstop has helped.” Courteney, who’s story is also told said “It was an amazing experience and I hope we can make others aware how serious being homeless is and how much Nightstop helped me and how much we need more organisations like them.    It was an amazing experience to see how films are made and Rural Media gave us the once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved and I count myself very lucky.”
Judith added, “We would like to thank our funders Big Lottery Awards for All, Mid-Counties Coop and RD Turner Trust for making our dream of a film a reality”
Rural Media is also the Midlands network centre for Random Acts, a national scheme supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4, which enables young artists 16-24yrs to produce their first broadcast standard short film.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said “We’re delighted that Rural Media Charity has received an award nomination for their Random Acts films by the Royal Television Society.Random Acts is an exciting opportunity for young film makers to develop their artistic talent and gain national exposure for their work.  We hope the Royal Television Society awards will offer the young people involved the opportunity to achieve further recognition and inspire them to realise their creative ambition within the industry.”
Rural Media’s Creative Director, Grant Black said, “A nomination for First Acts is really a nomination for the 50 plus young filmmakers we’ve been working with for the last two and half years - It’s proof of the remarkable talent that exists across the Midlands.”
Grant added, “We’re also delighted that our promotional film for Nightstop is getting national recognition from the Royal Television Society, hopefully leading to more awareness of the incredible work and services that the Nightstop charity offer in preventing homelessness among young people.
Royal Television Society Midlands’ Jayne Greene said, “RTS awards are highly prized in the media industry. They are a ‘kitemark’ of excellence.”