Research in Film Awards


The 2019 Research in Film Awards will open for applications soon. Watch out for an announcement, including this year’s special category, later in April 2019.

Research in Film Awards 2018

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

With five different categories, including one open to the public, the awards showcase the best of the growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes).

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Download the RIFA 2018 brochure with a welcome written by our CEO Andrew Thompson and reaction penned by Jan Dalley, chair of the judging panel. It also features five tips about how to get your project commissioned, with advice from Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television.

Download - RIFA 2018 brochure (8Mb)

Latest news: Find out who clinched this year's five awards at RIFA 2018.

Over the past three years, the Awards have proved instrumental in helping to raise the profile of films which have been inspired or are directly linked to arts and humanities research. Some of the filmmakers have gone on to be nominated for other prestigious awards and festivals, while for others it has given them a platform to secure funding and receive national exposure in broadcast and print.

Judged by a panel of film industry experts and leading academics, the five winners are announced during a special awards ceremony at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in November, where they each receive a trophy and £2,000 prize money.

There are two new categories for 2018: one that demonstrates the ongoing research on migration to commemorate the 70 years since the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury - an iconic moment in migration history - while the other highlights the incredible engagement work being done on social media.

View the 2018 nominees here:

Find out more information about the 2018 Research in Film Awards:


  • Best Research Film of the Year
  • Best Doctoral or Early Career Film
  • People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings
  • Social Media Short Award
  • Inspiration Award (public category)
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Download the RIFA online magazine which showcases the winners from the past three years, and features top tips from TV Producer and RIFA judge, Steve Evanson. Read about the Zimbabwean rapper who was the focus of the 2016 Inspiration Award winning film.

Download - Research in Film Awards magazine (3Mb)

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