May 13 2019

Many congratulations to Victoria Mapplebeck, Reader in Digital Arts, Department of Media Arts, who has won a BAFTA in the Short Form Programme category for her short film 'Missed Call', about her young son's journey to reconnect with his absent father.

After being awarded the BAFTA, Victoria said:

“I'm over the moon with our BAFTA Award. It means so much to me.

“I couldn't have done any of this without my son Jim, the subject of the film, who has been an absolute star and a genuine collaborator. 

“Missed Call was a tough film to make, but I was lucky enough to have the support of a small and perfectly formed team of commissioners and producers from Little Dot Studios and Field Day Productions.

“Squaring the circle of being both parent and filmmaker gave us many challenges and I was really grateful to work with Amanda Murphy from Royal Holloway’s media arts team, an amazing executive producer who helped me to deliver a film we were all proud to have made.

“I am so thrilled.”

'Missed Call' is one of the first professional documentaries in the world to be filmed on the iPhone X. Victoria and her production team received their award at the BAFTA Television Awards on 12 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Principal, Professor Paul Layzell added: "Congratulations to Victoria and her team, this really is a tremendous achievement."

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