Now in its sixth year, the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards competition acknowledges excellent teaching of camerawork and craft skills within UK educational establishments. The Bill Vinten GTC University Trophy is awarded to the institution with the highest scoring portfolio of films submitted to the competition.
Undergraduates placing first, second or third in the individual awards receive a prestigious trophy, paid work experience and a year’s membership of the GTC. Last year’s winners worked with Director Trevor Nunn and DoP Zac Nicholson on the film Red Joan and with DoP John Lee on a new Jed Mercurio drama for the BBC, Bodyguard.
These awards came about as the result of a collaboration between the GTC and the late Bill Vinten, one of the GTC's most long-standing supprters and sponsors.
Bill Vinten said:
"The Guild is an effective organisation and respected upholder of camera craft skills and I hope that this award will allow a new generation of cameramen to appreciate and benefit from the craft and creative skills of Guild members."
The Awards are funded by the Television and Video Camera Craft Educational Trust (TVCCET). The aim of the Trust is to provide funding for work experience for potential new entrants to the industry.
The Bill Vinten GTC University Award invites any single faculty, college or university located in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to submit a single portfolio containing three complete films. Each of the films in the portfolio must include a specific camera credit for a student, who must be, or have been, a final-year student during the period July 2017 to May 2018. See the rules for applying.
With high fees and unease about media-type degrees, potential students are becoming more and more discerning about their choice of university; the Bill Vinten GTC University Trophy represents a prestigious mark of quality and useful recruiting tool for the winning faculty, college or university.
Winning students find the paid work experience provided by professional cameramen and camerawomen invaluable, while any GTC member who volunteers to arrange the work experience will know that they are employing the very best of the future generation of camerawomen or cameramen.