Degree Showcase 2017 – Winners

Friday June 9, 2017

Every year the Confetti Degree Showcase Awards ceremony celebrates excellence and rewards the best degree students for their hard work and dedication.

Held at Confetti’s dedicated TV & Film centre – Space2 – this year’s ceremony was the culmination of the two-day Degree Showcase – where graduating degree students showcased their work to members of the public, family, friends, local leaders and creative businesses. On the opening night, exhibiting students had the chance to meet, amongst others, actor and Confetti TV & Film Ambassador, Vicky McClure, representatives from games companies Deep Silver, Sumo Digital and King and record labels Denizen and I’m Not From London. Even the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Glyn Jenkins attended! As doors to the public exhibition closed on Thursday 8 June, family, friends and nominees gathered for the awards ceremony.

Altogether 15 awards were handed out to the top-performing students studying Music, VFX, Games, Film & TV and Live Events degree courses.

It was an evening full of gags, heartfelt speeches, but above all true creative talent and was a testament to the supportive, talented community at Confetti.

“I’ve been here at Confetti for 6 years now – started at Level 2 and from day one I knew I wanted to be part of Confetti and the atmosphere and community here. I wouldn’t be here today without the help of my classmates and tutors and I feel truly blessed that Confetti gave me so many opportunities to grow along the way.” Akshay Soni, Games Student of the Year, BSc Games Production (top up degree)

Financial support towards further professional development and industry experience packages were awarded to Student of the Year winners in each individual course category and further awards were also given to the best final year projects in each subject area.

The night also included two very special awards:

  • The Do It For Real award was given for the first time ever to Merryn Rae Peachey for her incredible commitment to gaining extra-curricular work experience during her time on our FdSc Film Production Technology degree. In total she has worked 348 hours of industry experience over the past three years, on projects such as GameCity, Industry Week, Splendour and The Safer Living Foundation. Merryn has most impressively also undertaken 170 hours of work experience with Notts TV throughout her time at Confetti across nearly every student role available.
  • The Milo Kelly Rising Star award is given out in memory of Confetti student Milo, who sadly passsed away last year. The award recognises a first year undergraduate students who showed promise in their studies. The award was won by Alice Mills.

Milo Kelly’s mother sent the following message: “We are very touched by Confetti’s commitment to Milo’s memory and the work done by the organisation supporting talented young people. Milo loved Confetti and we think it’s true to say that for the first time felt a real passion for his studies. As his talents were nurtured and recognised, not only did his confidence grow but he began to have a sense of where he wanted to go and what he wanted to do in life. We are delighted that this award is being given to a Confetti rising star and we both congratulate them on their fantastic achievements and wish them the best of luck with their future studies and career.”

The night ended on a celebratory note as Confetti CEO Craig Chettle took to the stage to present the overall Confetti Student of the Year award to FdSc Television Production Technology student James Hutton: “Winning these awards means so much to me, it really makes all the hard work and effort worthwhile. I can’t speak highly enough of Confetti and all my course friends and tutors. It really does feel like a family here.


Achievement in Live Production Design

Callum Maxwell

Best Television Show

James Hutton

Best Games Project

Jaroslaw Wisniewski

Best Music Production

Joseph Langford & Christopher Ball

Best Film

Oliver Blair

Best Visual Effects Production

Jake Eden

Do It For Real

Merryn Rae Peachy

Milo Kelly Rising Star

Alice Mills

Events Student of the Year

Lewis Jones

TV Student of the Year

James Hutton

Games Student of the Year

Akshay Soni

Music Student of the Year

Joseph Legge

Film Student of the Year

Mitchell Brown

VFX Student of the Year

Ja’maul Adams

Confetti Student of the Year

James Hutton

From all of us here at Confetti we would like to congratulate all winners and nominees for their outstanding performance!