AHRC 2017 Research in Film Awards

Following on from the successful 2016 Research in Film Awards, submissions for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 2017 Awards is now open in a bid to identify new and emerging talent in the fields of filmmaking which has been influenced or is directly linked to arts and humanities research. The Awards ceremony will take place on the 9 November 2017 at BAFTA in London, featuring a line-up of academics and film industry experts, with writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh, hosting the event.

The AHRC’s Research in Film Awards is designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes) that are aligned with arts and humanities research. There are two new awards for 2017, including the International Development Award and the Doctoral Student or Best Early Career Film, with the latter celebrating the best films made by arts and humanities researchers at the start of their careers. For the third year running, members of the public will be eligible to enter the “Inspiration Award” provided their film has been inspired by research in the arts and humanities.

2 Best Doctoral or Early Career Film

This category is open to all doctoral students and Early Career Researchers funded by the AHRC (see Eligibility section for details). Applicants are not required to be registered as doctoral students at the point of submission or on the release date of the film, but the primary research for the film must have been conducted while the applicant was registered as a doctoral student. All films must have been completed or made available during the last year (since April 1st 2016).

Judges are looking for:
    • Films which portray or represent research excellence
    • Films which have brought new research to wider attention
    • Films which exemplify excellence in the dissemination of research findings, or
    • which bring arts and humanities research to new audiences
    • Films which highlight the value and importance of research in the arts and humanities, or
    • that highlight the value and importance of subjects or questions within the arts and humanities 
All entrants must complete and submit the form given in the Requirements section, where it is essential to supply a 300-word summary explaining the film’s connection with arts and humanities research, together with web links to the film being submitted and other relevant information. Please ensure this is written in plain English and bear in mind that some of the people judging your film may not be academics so please avoid jargon.


Entrants for all categories must complete and submit the Smart Survey Form by 4pm on Thursday 6th July 2017

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/rifa-2017/