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Shortlist for Research in Film Awards 2019 announced

Date: 19/09/2019

Reasons behind migration, the creative potential of languages, misunderstood wolves and Victorian women’s cycle wear are just some of the themes explored in the 22 films shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film (RIFA) Awards this year.

The shortlisted works range from animations and dramas to documentaries and community collaboration projects.

The judges included Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times and Steve Harding-Hill, Creative Director in Commercials and Short Form for Aardman Animations. Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Victoria Mapplebeck, winner of Best Social Media Short at the Research in Film Awards 2018, alongside other film industry experts and academics, had the tough task of choosing the shortlist across five categories.

These are: Best Research Film of the Year; Best Doctoral or Early Career Film; Mental Health and Wellbeing Award (public category); Social Media Short Award; and the Inspiration Award (public category).

Now in its fifth year, past RIFA winners have gone on to be nominated for other prestigious awards and festivals or secured funding and national exposure in the media.

Victoria Mapplebeck, who won a Research in Film award last year and went on to win a BAFTA, is one of the judges this year. Talking about the experience she said:

“Winning a RIFA award in 2018 was a real honour and I was delighted to be asked to be one of the Judging panel in 2019. I was impressed by the creativity and the innovation of the final shortlist."

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank in London on 12 November. Winners will receive a prestigious trophy and £2,000 prize money to put towards their future filmmaking activities.

Launched in 2015, the Research in Film Awards celebrates short films, up to 30 minutes long, that have been made about the arts and humanities and their influence on our lives.

All of the films are rooted in arts and humanities research and use poetry, art, animation and drama to explore these issues.

The winning films will be shared on the AHRC's website and across our social media channels.

You can see the full shortlist and view the films on our Research in Film Award page.

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