The Research in Film Awards (RIFA) are designed to showcase and reward the best of the growing number of high-quality short films linked to arts and humanities research.
Since the awards were launched in 2015 to mark the AHRC’s 10th anniversary, 20 incredible films have won a coveted RIFA award, all of which showcase the breadth of research in the arts and humanities.
The expert panel of judges, which include academics, arts and culture journalists and film industry professionals have been responsible for finding the winning films in each category. So far, a total of £40,000 in prize money has been won. This has enabled the winning filmmakers to purchase equipment, undertake further research or go on to produce other films.
All of the films are rooted in arts and humanities research and use various filmmaking styles and techniques ranging from documentary to animation, to community collaborations. Over the last four years we’ve received over 700 film submissions on topics as diverse as climate change, artificial intelligence, health and regeneration.
Winning a RIFA Award was a really useful way of raising the profile of our project and helped maximise the impact of the film. We got a huge amount of attention - views on YouTube shot up... and it definitely helped get us coverage.”
Dr Beth Singler, University of Cambridge: RIFA 2017 - Best Research Film of the Year winner