Judges

The AHRC Research in Film Awards is judged by a panel of senior academics, journalists and luminaries from the film industry. Each year they have to whittle down the entries to a shortlist of five films per category.

The judges look for high quality films which bring arts and humanities research to a wider audience, and assess each submission against the requirements of the chosen category.


Watch our chair of the judging panel, Jan Dalley, talk about the importance of the awards which celebrates film as a research tool and a vital art form.

The 2018 Judges

Jan Dalley

Jan is Chair of the Judging Panel and Arts Editor of the Financial Times. Hear more from Jan in our feature AHRC Research in Film Awards 2017: What the Judges Think.

Dorothy Byrne

Dorothy Byrne is Head of News & Current Affairs, Channel 4 News.

Jemma Cole

Jemma Cole is Campaigns Officer (social media), Cardiff University.

Steve Evanson

Steve is a TV Producer and well-known as Co-Creator and Series Editor of BBC Coast and author of the companion book Coast and Beyond.

Steve Harding-Hill

Steve Harding-Hill is Creative Director in Commercials and Short Form for Aardman Animations.

Professor David Hendy

David Hendy is Professor of Media and Cultural History (Media and Film), University of Sussex

Richard Davidson-Houston

 Richard is Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television.

Islam Issa

Islam Issa is a AHRC New Generation Thinker 2017.

Lindsay Mackie

Lindsay is co-founder of Film Club and writes for The Guardian.

Catherine Mallyon

Catherine Mallyon is a member of the AHRC Council and Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Professor Lucy Mazdon

Lucy is Head of Department in Film at the University of Southampton.

Joanna Norman

Joanna Norman is Director of the V&A Research Institute.

Matthew Reisz

Matthew is the Books Editor and also a features writer at Times Higher Education.

John Rowe

John Rowe is Head of Digital Effects, National Film and Television School.

Lord (Wilf) Stevenson of Balmacara

Wilf is a member of Labour’s front bench team in the House of Lords and a former Director of the British Film Institute.