News: Edward Woodman documentary shortlisted for 2018 Research in Film Awards

We’re delighted that our Edward Woodman documentary, filmed by David Bickerstaff, has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2018 Research in Film Awards.

It was shortlisted for the Inspiration Award (public category). Nearly 150 films were submitted for the Awards this year and the overall winner for each category, who will receive £2,000 towards their film making, will be announced at a special ceremony at 195 Piccadilly in London, home of BAFTA, on 8 November.

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.

There are five categories in total with four of them aimed at the research community and one open to the public.

‘’Edward Woodman’ is a testament to the life’s work of one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century. Shot amongst Woodman’s extensive archive of iconic images, the film highlights the artistry of documentation and explores Woodman’s role as the ‘go to’ photographer of contemporary art in the 80s’ and 90s’. Told through the voices of some of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, the film has become a permanent piece of Woodman’s archive and legacy. We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for the AHRC Research in Film Awards, which will enable our film, and Woodman’s art, to reach an even wider audience.” - Filmmaker David Bickerstaff

"The standard of filmmaking in this year's Research in Film Awards has been exceptionally high and the range of themes covered span the whole breadth of arts and humanities subjects.

While watching the films I was so impressed by the careful attention to detail and rich storytelling that the filmmakers had used to engage their audiences. The quality of the shortlisted films further demonstrates the fantastic potential of using film as a way to communicate and engage people with academic research. Above all, the shortlist showcases the art of filmmaking as a way of helping us to understand the world that we live in today." - Mike Collins, Head of Communications at the Arts and Humanities Research Council

A team of judges watched the longlisted films in each of the categories to select the shortlist and ultimately the winner. Key criteria included looking at how the filmmakers came up with creative ways of telling stories – either factual or fictional – on camera that capture the importance of arts and humanities research to all of our lives.

Judges for the 2018 Research in Film Awards include Joanna Norman, Director of the V&A Research Institute, Steve Harding-Hill, Creative Director in Commercials and Short Form at Aardman Animation and Dorothy Byrne, Head of News & Current Affairs, Channel 4 News.

The winning films will be shared on the Arts and Humanities Research Council website and YouTube channel. On 8 November you’ll be able to follow the fortunes of the shortlisted films on Twitter via the hashtag #RIFA2018.

Wish us luck!


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About The Arts and Humanities Research Council:

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: archaeology, area studies, the creative and performing arts, design, digital content, heritage, history, languages, philosophy and much more. This financial year we will spend approximately £98 million on 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 economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK, but contributes to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

About David Bickerstaff

David Bickerstaff studied as a fine artist in Australia and after working as an actor for a period, he moved to the UK where he started working with new media, print and the moving image. He is the founder of Atomictv, a platform for the development of cross-discipline projects that explore the creative use of code, physical experience and documentary story-telling in visual media. Along with a series of intimate artist films made for Art360 Foundation, David's documentaries such as The Lukhang: Tibet’s Secret TempleMaking War Horse, Hygieia and Heavy Water: a film for Chernobyl have been shown at many international festivals and venues, including onedotzero, Tate Modern, Wellcome Collection, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Since the mid-2000s he has also been directing and co-writing a series of feature-length arts documentaries for the innovative event cinema brand EXHIBITION ON SCREEN and ITV's Great Art series. Recent titles include Van Gogh: A New Way of SeeingMichelangelo: Love & Death and Canaletto & The Art of Venice