We are creating a unified UKRI website that brings together the existing research council, Innovate UK and Research England websites.
If you would like to be involved in its development let us know.

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.

Connecting people with research through film

The UK's only arts and humanities research film awards

£25,000 prize fund


We've announced the winners of the Research in Film Awards 2020! Discover who won and watch the Awards ceremony online

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.

 Andrew Thompson

Introduction from AHRC Chair, Andrew Thompson

What the Research in Film Awards are all about

 Awards and ceremony

The winners of the Research in Film Awards 2020

Discover who won in the five categories of the Research in Film Awards 2020

 Past RIFA winners

Past RIFA Winners

Find out who won from 2015-2019


Meet the 2020 judges

Discover the prestigious panel judging entries for the 2020 Awards.


Find out more

Download PDF

RIFA 2019 brochure (PDF, 1.7MB)

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.

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 the RIFA 2020 Awards ceremony online

Follow us on social media

Follow us on Twitter @ahrcpress and use the hashtag #RIFA2020 to let us know you've entered.