Sunderland students' film wins bronze at US awards

403 Forbidden has had success in the Webbys and the Royal Television Society awards

A student production that began life in the North East has been named in the world’s top three at a prestigious awards event held in Las Vegas.

403 Forbidden, a web series produced by eight Digital Media undergraduates at the University of Sunderland, clinched the Bronze World Medal in the 2016 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards.

The awards are a celebration of film from 50 countries across the globe, and are held alongside The National Association of Broadcaster’s trade show, the biggest of its kind in the world, where 403 Forbidden was screened.

This latest accolade follows up success in the 2015 Webby Awards, and a nomination in the Royal Television Society awards, as well as selection for several international film festivals, for the students.

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Connor Langley, 403 Forbidden Writer and Director, said: “It felt amazing when I found out we had won the award. They informed us a few weeks prior to the ceremony that we had won but we had to keep it confidential - it was a hard secret to keep!

“403 Forbidden took a lot of hard work to produce and the entire team was very happy with the end result, and the University were very impressed. When you get industry recognition like this it makes you exceptionally proud. It's a great motivator to create more content.”

Sue Perryman, Senior Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Sunderland, said: "We are so proud of what the 403 Forbidden team have achieved. Not only have they received national recognition but international accolades as well."