2015 Winners

Select a category from the quick links below to find out more.

Best Research Film of the Year
Doctoral Award or Early Career Film
The Anniversary Award
Innovation Award
Inspiration Award


Best Research Film of the Year

This category recognises the best film produced by a researcher or research team in the last year which showcases the value of arts and humanities research.

Winning film by Anna Sowa, SOAS/Chouette Films, University of London

KANRAXËL: The Confluence of Agnack, from Chouette Films - There is almost no research, let alone outreach or creative material, on rural African multilingualism. This film represents a unique cultural and creative resource, conveying aspects of diversity and multilingualism in Africa. It paints a portrait of diversity and multilingualism as a daily, hourly linguistic practice, drawing the audience in by telling the story of the village of Agnack Grand preparing for an unforgettable event.

The judges said: “A highly sophisticated film, beautifully shot, cut, and recorded, which conveys the nature of multilingual life in the village very effectively indeed.”

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Doctoral Award or Early Career Film

The best film made by an AHRC/AHRB-funded doctoral student since 1998.

Winning film by Jacqueline Donachie, Northumbria University

Hazel is a short film that looks at families affected by the inherited neuromuscular disorder myotonic dystrophy. A series of interviews made with affected females and their unaffected siblings, the film Hazel reflects on the women’s attitudes to the ongoing effects of myotonic dystrophy on their physical and emotional wellbeing, whilst also looking at the wider effects of ageing.

The judges said: “Original, simple, human and evocative.”, “A deceptively simple film of real eloquence.”

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The Anniversary Award

The Anniversary Award, which was created to mark the tenth anniversary of AHRC in 2015, showcased the best AHRC/AHRB- funded films since 1998.

Winning film by Lucy Duran, SOAS, University of London.

The Voice of Tradition: Bako Dagnon and family from Michele Banal, is a documentary film examining how children acquire musical skills in one of Africa’s most celebrated oral traditions - that of Mali. It focuses on one of Mali’s most iconic singers, Bako Dagnon (1953 - 2015). In this film we hear Bako’s insightful views on song and memory, and see rare footage of young musicians learning and performing songs in the remote countryside of her native village. ‘The voice of tradition’ is part of a larger film-based project, a primary output from the ‘Growing into Music’ project (2009-2012), part of the AHRC’s Beyond Text programme.

The judges said: “A very assured piece of work.”,  “Engaging, entertaining and interesting from start to finish.”

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Innovation Award

Award for innovation in film (the best film in the last year).

Winning film by Ronan Deazley and Bartolomeo Meletti, CREATe University of Glasgow

The Game is On! - The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair from CopyrightUser.org, is the first episode of The Game is On!, a web series produced as part of the AHRC-funded activities of CopyrightUser.org. Drawing inspiration from numerous well-known copyright and public domain works, as well as recent copyright litigation, the video provides a springboard for exploring key principles and ideas underpinning copyright law and creativity.

 Find out more about the project which helps to teach students and the general public about copyright.

The judges said: “A well-constructed, quality animation addressing issues of creativity, IP and copyright for schools and undergraduates.”

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Inspiration Award

The only category open to members of the public. The Inspiration Award is dedicated to showcasing the best research which has been inspired by arts and humanities research.

Winning film by Myriam Rey

This Island's mine from Myriam Rey

“Shakespeare’s plays can be defined as a poetic exploration of human communication.” What happens when these two worlds meet? This short film examines ‘The Hunter Heartbeat Method’ developed by Kelly Hunter which uses Shakespeare to release the communicative blocks within children with autism. The filming took place only twice during two 40 minute-long sessions with the children. The film aims to tell the story of these children in that particular space at that specific moment of time.

The judges said: “A powerful film expressing the value of this particular arts therapy project. It highlights the power of art to break down barriers between people who communicate differently.”

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