Research in Film Awards
The AHRC Research in Film Awards (RIFA) is the only film awards dedicated to celebrating and recognising arts and humanities research through film.
Connecting people with research through film
The Research in Film Awards 2020 closed for entries on 25 June 2020. We’ll be in contact with shortlisted entrants in September, and announce the winners in a ceremony on 11 November 2020.
Since 2015, the Research in Film Awards have showcased the best films that are inspired by or directly linked to arts and humanities research. Past RIFA winners have gone on to be nominated for other prestigious awards and festivals, or secured further funding and national exposure in the media.
Judged by a panel of industry experts and leading academics, the five winners are announced at a special awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank in November. Winners receive a prestigious trophy and a £5,000 prize.
What the Research in Film Awards are all about
Discover the five award categories and the awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank
Find out who won from 2015-2019
Discover the prestigious panel judging entries for the 2020 Awards.
Find out more
Find out what happened at RIFA 2019, including an article on Exceptional and fascinating times from Shaminder Nahal, commissioning editor at Channel 4, and more on the AHRC and film.
Our online magazine showcases the winners from the first three years of RIFA, with a feature about the Zimbabwean rapper who won the 2016 Inspiration Award.
Hear from TV producer and RIFA judge Steve Evanson about how you can make sure your film is as successful as it can be.