AHRC Research in Film Awards 2018

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Submissions for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Awards 2018 are now closed.

The Awards, which are now in their fourth year, showcase new and emerging talent in filmmaking linked to arts and humanities research and celebrate the best of a growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no more than 30 minutes in length) that bring arts and humanities research to a wider public audience.

The winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony at BAFTA (195 Piccadilly, London) on Thursday, 8 November 2018 where they will receive a trophy and £2,000 prize money to put towards their future filmmaking endeavours. 

The categories

This year’s Awards include two new categories including “People on the Move: Stories of New Beginnings” which aims to showcase the contribution of migration and its impact on places and communities, and the “Social Media Short Award”, which recognises the increasing importance of social media as a channel for telling the story of research via short films.

This year’s awards categories are as follows:

  • 4.1 Best Research Film of the Year
  • 4.2 Doctoral Award or Early Career Film
  • 4.3 People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings
  • 4.4 Social Media Short Award
  • 4.5 Inspiration Award (public category)

For the fourth year running, the public are invited to submit a film which has been inspired by the art and humanities under the Inspiration Award. This could be a book, play, performance or exhibition which has fired the imagination.

Previous Research in Film Awards winners have gone on to produce further films as a result of the exposure or have gone on to secure funding, impact policymaking and secured airtime on national radio.

The Awards offer a unique opportunity for filmmakers working in the field of research to showcase their talent, while acknowledging the UK’s leading arts and humanities researchers and practitioners.