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Award categories and ceremony

The award categories

There are five categories in the Research in Film Awards:

With the exception of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award and the Inspiration Award, entries must be an output or by-product of research made by someone employed by an AHRC-recognised research organisation. The Inspiration Award and Mental Health and Wellbeing Award are, open to everyone in the UK.

Best Research Film of the Year
This award is for the very best film made as an output or by-product of arts and humanities research. It will be interesting, technically impressive, bring new research to wider attention, and highlight the value and importance of arts and humanities research.

Doctoral or Early Career Film Award
This award is for the best film made by doctoral students and early career researchers who are funded by the AHRC. Just like the Best Research Film of the Year award, it will be interesting, technically impressive, bring new research to wider attention, and highlight the value and importance of arts and humanities research.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award (public category) 
This award is for the best film that explores how the arts and humanities can affect our mental health and wellbeing, and is open to everyone in the UK. The winning film will be new, interesting, and explore original stories and new dimensions of the arts and humanities.

Social Media Short Award
This award is for the best film that has been made specifically for viewing on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. The winning entry will be technically innovative and understand its medium, creatively telling a story and sharing information in a short amount of time, while showcasing research in the arts and humanities in an accessible way.

Inspiration Award (public category)
This award is for the best film that is inspired by the arts and humanities. This award is open to everyone in the UK: you might have made a film after visiting an arts festival, a museum exhibition, or though enjoying books, plays, performances, or something else that has fired your imagination. The winning entry will share the importance of the arts and humanities to our lives.

The awards ceremony

The Research in Film Awards 2019 will be presented at a special ceremony at the BFI Southbank in November.

The ceremony is a prestigious affair and is attended by members of the press, academics, film industry professionals, and the cast and crew behind the 25 films that are shortlisted. The event offers a chance for talented and emerging filmmakers to step into the limelight and get their work noticed by a wider audience. The winners of each category are presented with an award and received £2,000 prize money to put towards their future filmmaking endeavours.

Last year’s award winners were announced at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on Thursday, November 2018. Watch the streamed live version of the 2018 ceremony on YouTube (1 hour, 45 minutes) with reaction from the winning teams, hosted by writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh and featuring a fantastic line up of presenters including Chairman of ITV Sir Peter Bazalgette, award-winning filmmakers Roger Graef OBE and Kim Longinotto, TV presenter Sophie Morgan and Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.