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The Conkerers movie wins three RTS Awards

February 25, 2008

The Conkerers movie won three RTS awards at The North East & The Border Centre Royal Television Society Awards for 2007 held at The Sage, Gateshead on Saturday 23rd February 2008. The event celebrated not only the best of the region's Television and New Media over the past 12 months, but also to look back over 21 years of Awards in the region.

The Conkerers is a short film commissioned by amazing learning to promote our enterprise products ( which aim to encourage youngsters to start their own company and, through their ingenuity, become an enterprising David to challenge the corporate Goliath.

The Conkerers was up against some stiff competition from Productions like ‘Wire in the Blood’ and three of the ‘Grumpy’ guides. According to the RTS, the “entry stood out — a short drama about the centuries-old playground game of conkers. The direction was flawless; everything worked — the setting, the young cast, the script, the pace, the editing. It was highly entertaining and very clever”. The judges awarded the higher budget award in the Best Drama or Entertainment Production category to The Conkerers, directed by Steven Boyle and produced by Jon Stubbs of Dene Films.

Along with this award, Dene Films also scooped three others, including Best Promotional, and two Craft Awards for Steven Boyle (for a "for a portfolio that stood out above the others" including his work on The Conkerers) and Peter Groom (for his craft in sound, which included his work on The Conkerers).

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