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Shortlist for Research in Film Awards announced

Date: 24/09/2018

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Memory, loss, protest, the lives of refugees and the role of the arts in healing and recovery are just some of the themes explored in the 25 remarkable films shortlisted for the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) fourth annual Research in Film Awards. See main page at ahrc.ukri.org/RIFA.

The shortlisted works (see full shortlist below) include animations, dramas, documentaries and community collaboration projects.

The judges, who included Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, former Director of the British Film Institute, Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside other film industry experts and academics, had the demanding task of whittling down the shortlist across five categories.

These were: Best Research Film of the Year; Best Doctoral or Early Career Film; the Inspiration Award (public category); plus for the first time this year, People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings and the Social Media Short Award.

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 8 November at the headquarters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh will be hosting the ceremony, where each of the five winners will receive a trophy and £2,000 prize money to put towards their future filmmaking activities.

Mike Collins, Head of Communications at AHRC said: “The quality of films this year was really very high and together they showcase the breadth and variety of research being undertaken in the UK.

“They are extremely creative in the way they have chosen to present and explore their research questions, and have found new ways to tell the story of their research to the public."

Launched in 2015, the Research in Film Awards celebrate 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.

On 8 November 2018 you’ll be able to follow the fortunes of the shortlisted films on Twitter using the hashtag #RIFA2018.

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

The full shortlist 

Best Research Film of the Year

  • The Born-Free Generation, Phendulani's Story and Me - Professor Paul Cooke, University of Leeds
  • Black Snow - Professor Stephen Andrew Linstead, University of York
  • The Faces We Lost - Dr Piotr Cieplak, University of Sussex
  • Now Circa (1918) - Professor Redell Olsen, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Grenfell Tower and Social Murder - Dr David Scott, The Open University

View these films on our RIFA 2018 – Best Research Film of the Year page.

Doctoral Award or Early Career Film

  • Articulating Archives - Sophie Everest, University of Manchester
  • Shelf Life - Dr Mariana Lopez, University of York
  • The Saving Tree - Dr Brett Matulis and Dr Jessica Moyer, University of Leicester
  • Correspondence O - Ilona Sagar, Royal College of Art
  • Sitting on a Man - Onyeka Igwe, University of the Arts London

View these films on our RIFA 2018 - Doctoral Award or Early Career Film category page.

People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings

  • To Be Here - Sam Jury, University of Hertfordshire
  • Amukta - Dominique Unsworth, University of West London
  • Che Fang/Edge Town - Austin Williams, Kingston School of Art and XJTLU universities
  • Blood Sugar - Dr Susanne Seymour, University of Nottingham
  • Untold Stories: A Documentary of Kent's Black History - Helen Curston, University for the Creative Arts

View these films on our RIFA 2018 - People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings page.

Social Media Short Award

  • Our Home - Dr Brett Matulis and Dr Jessica Moyer, University of Leicester
  • Missed Call - Victoria Mapplebeck, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Phendulani - Professor Paul Cooke, University of Leeds
  • Mobility, Mood and Place - Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, University of Edinburgh
  • George Harrison The Story of the Beatles and Indian Music Performance Teaser - Chen-Yu Lin, University of Liverpool

View these films on our RIFA 2018 – Social Media Short Award page.

Inspiration Award (public category)

  • give me today, anytime - George Harris
  • Edward Woodman - David Bickerstaff in collaboration with Art360 Foundation
  • Their Rancid Words Stagnate Our Ponds - Andrew Kötting
  • Blackbird - Dr Jamie Chambers
  • Singing With Nightingales - Katie Stacey and Luke Massey

View these films on our RIFA 2018- Inspiration Award (Public Category) page.

Notes to Editors

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

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