Awards programme designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes) produced as outputs or by-products of arts and humanities research.

The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is the UK’s national funding agency for research across both arts and humanities.

The AHRC Research in Film Awards are designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the large and increasing number of high-quality short films produced as outputs or by-products of arts and humanities research. In addition, the Inspiration Award – open to members of the general public – will recognise those films inspired by arts and humanities.

Awards will be made in five categories:

Best Research Film of the Year

This category is for all films produced as outputs or by-products of arts and humanities research in the UK and is open to all those employed by AHRC-recognised Research Organisations in the UK at the time the film was completed, launched or made publicly available.

Doctoral Award or Early Career Film

This category is for all films produced as outputs or by-products of arts and humanities research by doctoral students and early career researchers funded by the AHRC.

You don’t need to be registered as a doctoral student or as part of the Early Career Researchers scheme 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 still registered.

Films must have been completed or made available during the last year since 1 April 2020.

Best Climate Emergency Film (public category)

The Best Climate Emergency Film award is open to films that explore the links between the arts and humanities and the ongoing climate emergency. This category is open to the public and recognises films produced in the UK which have been inspired by the arts and humanities. Entrants can be individuals, community groups, teams or collaborative groups who have been stimulated by arts and humanities research.

Best Animated Film of the Year

This category recognises films that have creatively used animation to tell stories or explore ideas in arts and humanities research. This category is for all videos produced as outputs or by-products of arts and humanities research in the UK and is open to all those employed by AHRC-recognised Research Organisations in the UK at the time the video was completed, launched or made publicly available. There must be a clear and demonstrable link to arts and humanities research. Films must have been completed or made available during the last year since 1 April 2020.

Inspiration Award (public category)

This category is open to the public and recognises films produced in the UK which have been inspired by the arts and humanities. This could be as a result of attending an arts festival, visiting a museum exhibition, or through books, plays or performances which have helped to fire the imagination. Entrants can be individuals, community groups, teams or collaborative groups who have been stimulated by the arts and humanities. All films submitted must have been completed or made available during the last year (since 1 April 2020).

Status Open
Funding body Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Maximum value £5,000
Reference ID S8347
Category Arts and Humanities
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