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AHRC Research in Film Awards

Following on from the successful 2016 Research in Film Awards, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is launching its 2017 Awards to find new and emerging talent that straddle the worlds of both filmmaking and arts and humanities research.

The AHRC’s Research in Film Awards are 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 linked to arts and humanities research. For the third year running, there is also the “Inspiration Award” which is open to members of the public, provided their film has been inspired by research in the arts and humanities.

Films are produced in a great many ways through and as a result of research. They may be primary outputs, by-products, records of research undertaken, dissemination tools or practice-based research itself. They may include reconstructions and enactments, animations, installations and gallery pieces, games, interactive storytelling or co-produced work including collaborations with community groups, and may take the form of documentaries, visual essays or broadcast programmes.

These awards are designed to encourage, stimulate and recognise the considerable body of work created at the interface between research and film while recognising the world-leading work of researchers, practitioners and filmmakers in the arts and humanities research community.

Awards will be made in five categories and the winner of each category will win £2,000 to be invested in their future filmmaking activities. All applicants must accompany their submissions with supporting text which must detail how the film is directly linked or influenced by arts and humanities research.


1.      Best Research Film of the Year

2.      Best Doctoral or Early Career Film

3.      International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices

4.      Innovation Award

5.      Inspiration Award (public category)

The call for applications closes at 4pm on 6 July 2017

For more information on these categories and how to apply, please see the Research In Film 2017 Call document and see: