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Research in Film Awards

Research in Film Awards 2019

The AHRC Research in Film Awards (RIFA) is the only film awards dedicated to celebrating and recognising arts and humanities research through film.

£2,000 prize

Five categories, two open to everyone

No entry fee


The Research in Film Awards 2019 closed for entries on 24 June 2019. We’ll announce the shortlisted entries in September, and the winners at our awards ceremony on 12 November 2019.

 Andrew Thompson

Introduction from AHRC Chair, Andrew Thompson

What the Research in Film Awards are all about

 Awards and ceremony

The awards categories and ceremony

Discover the five award categories and the awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank

 The judges

The judges

Meet our distinguished panel of luminaries from academia, film, news and media

 Past RIFA winners

Past RIFA Winners

Find out who won from 2015-2018


The Research in Film Awards raise the profile of films that are inspired by or are directly linked to the arts and humanities. Now in its fifth year, past RIFA winners have gone on to be nominated for other prestigious awards and festivals, or secured 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 £2,000 prize.

Find out more

Download PDF

RIFA 2018 brochure (PDF, 8MB)

Find out what happened at the RIFA award ceremony for 2018, including a welcome from Jan Dalley, chair of the judges, and top tips about how to get your film project commissioned.

Download PDF

RIFA magazine (PDF, 3MB)

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.

Film maker in action

How to make an award winning film

Hear from TV producer and RIFA judge Steve Evanson about how you can make sure your film is as successful as it can be.

Watch last year’s winners

Follow us on social media

Follow us on Twitter @ahrcpress and use the hashtag #RIFA2019 to let us know you've entered.