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Meet the 2021 judges

Each year entries for the Research in Film Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of academics, film industry experts and sector leaders. Meet the 2021 panel below!

Best Research Film of the Year

Dr Janina Ramirez

Dr Janina Ramirez

Cultural historian, Broadcaster and President of the Gloucester History Festival

Dan Snow

Dan Snow, MBE

Historian and Broadcaster
 
 

Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto

Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker
 
 

 

Best Doctoral or Early Career Film of the Year

Femi Kolade

Femi Kolade

Director of Studies, London Film School
 
 

Professor Shahidha Bari

Professor Shahidha Bari

New Generation Thinker, Presenter BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts TV, Professor, University of the Arts, London

Professor NoƩ Mendelle

Professor Noé Mendelle

Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute and Professor of Documentary Film, Edinburgh College of Art

 

Best Animated Film of the Year

Lamia Dabboussy

Lamia Dabboussy

Head of Arts, BBC
 
 

Professor Birgitta Hosea

Professor Birgitta Hosea

Professor of Moving Image, Animation Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Jonathan Hodgson

Jonathan Hodgson

BAFTA-winning animation director and Associate Professor of Animation, Middlesex University

 

Best Climate Emergency Film of the Year

Dr Amiera Sawas

Dr Amiera Sawas

Director of Programmes and Research, Climate Outreach

Professor Joe Smith

Professor Joe Smith

Director of the Royal Geographical Society

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett, Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

Green Party Peer

 

Inspiration Award

Zeinab Badawi

Zeinab Badawi

Broadcaster, Director of Kush Communications and member of AHRC Council
 
 

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE

Inaugural Director of V&A East, Professor by Practice, SOAS, Curator, Cultural Historian, Lecturer and Broadcaster on Sky Arts, BBC and Channel 4

Professor Paul Grainge

Professor Paul Grainge

Professor of Film and Television Studies (University of Nottingham) and member of AHRC Advisory Board
 
 

 

Find out more about the categories and the awards ceremony.