2021 Awards: Best Monograph
Winner (Best Monograph 2021)
Priya Jaikumar (University of Southern California)
Where Histories Reside: India as Filmed Space (Duke University Press)
The judges were impressed by Jaikumar's intellectually dextrous negotiation of multiple theoretical paradigms in order to bring together historically and generically disparate films under the umbrella enquiry of spatial film historiography. This ambitious and meticulously researched book offers not only a new way of thinking about films of and about India, but a completely original approach to film history via the author’s ‘heterotopic historiography’.
Runner-up (Best Monograph 2021)
Mario Slugan (Queen Mary, University of London)
Fiction and Imagination in Early Cinema: A Philosophical Approach to Film
By using analytic philosophy to question existing categories of fiction and non-fiction in early film via consideration of the role of imagination, Slugan’s book offers a vital and insightful intervention into two previously distinct fields. The author deftly demonstrates his skill as both a historian and a philosopher in this thoroughly engaging rethinking of the experience of early cinema.
Honourable Mention (Best Monograph 2020)
Nick Jones (York)
Spaces Mapped and Monstrous: Digital 3D Cinema and Visual Culture
(Columbia University Press)
This book offers a new take on relatively well-trodden ground by questioning the place of contemporary 3D cinema in visual culture more broadly. By theorising the history of technology, Jones makes a convincing case for the centrality of 3D media as a structuring force in the present digital moment
2021 Awards: Best Edited Collection
Winner (Best Edited Collection 2021)
Alison Peirse (Leeds)
Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre (Rutgers)
A refreshing, welcome and innovative study of women’s under-appreciated roles in horror culture, which really chimes with the zeitgeist. It features a fascinating mix of films, filmmakers and topics and will undoubtedly have considerable impact on future scholarship
Runner-Up (Best Edited Collection 2021)
Daniel Biltereyst (Ghent) and Lies Van de Vijver (Ghent)
Mapping Movie Magazines: Digitization, Periodicals and Cinema History (Palgrave)
A fascinating collection that makes use of some wonderful and under-appreciated archives and magazines and provides a clear model for how such resources can be used for future scholarship
Honourable Mention (Best Edited Collection 2021)
Malcolm Cook (Southampton)
and Kirsten Moana Thompson (Seattle)
Animation and Advertising (Palgrave)
This valuable collection breaks new ground with its focus on animation and advertising and provides timely reassessment of animation.
2021 Awards: Best Journal Article
Winner (Best Journal Article 2021)
Helen Wheatley (Warwick)
‘Haunted Television: Trauma and the Specter in the Archive’
JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 59 (3), pp.69-80
This offers a consistently engaging, thought-provoking and timely reflection on the framing of media figures such as Jimmy Savile as specters ‘haunting’ the television archive. Relying on enlightening textual analyses from a wide range of documentaries and dramas, it convincingly explores the constant reappearance of this spectral figure and the ways these programmes work through the traumas and hidden histories that it represents.
Runner-Up (Best Journal Article 2021)
Melanie Selfe (Glasgow)
‘“Use The Songs to Sell Your SHOW!”: Sam Goldwyn, The Eddie Cantor Musicals and the development of product- centred marketability’
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 40 (4), pp. 649-82.
This breaks new ground in the study of film promotion and exhibition. Selfe shows how numbers in musicals produced by Sam Goldwyn of the 1930s were utilised as vehicles for ‘embedded advertising’. In so doing, Selfe offers a corrective to extant scholarship which claims that product placement in film was a much later development. As a work of a historical revisionism, it is long overdue, and speaks to the value of empirical archival work and the role it should play in the future of Screen Studies.
Honourable Mention (Best Journal Article 2021)
Grazia Ingravalle (Brunel)
‘Allegories of the past: Nitrate film’s aura in postindustrial Rochester, NY’
Screen, 60 (3), pp. 371-87.
This is both a wonderfully detailed history of the industrial production of nitrate film in Rochester, NY from the early twentieth century on, and an in-depth reflection on how film may have aura and be fetishised and commemorated in the same way as non-industrial art forms. The scholarship is first-class and exacting, and the writing consistently absorbing.
2021 Awards: Best Doctoral Student Article or Chapter
Winner (Best Doctoral Article 2021)
MaoHui Deng (Manchester)
‘Singapore as non-place: National cinema through the lens of temporal heterogeneity’
Asian Cinema, 31 (1), pp.37-53.
A very accomplished article in its combination of film analysis and theory, exploring connections between cinema, history and culture in the theorisation of Singapore as non-place.
Runner-Up (Best Doctoral Article 2021)
Hannah Paveck (Kings College, London)
‘Taciturn Masculinities: Radical Quiet and Sounding Linguistic Difference in Valeska Grisebach’s Western’
Film-Philosophy, 24 (1).
A clearly written article that demonstrates a purposeful approach to film philosophy, focussing on the concept of radical silence and the voice in Western and the western genre.
Honourable Mention (Best Doctoral Article 2021)
Steven Roberts (Bristol)
‘Widescreen Pyrotechnics: Shot Composition and Staging the Cold War Films of Joseph Losey and Sidney J. Furie’
Sixties British Cinema Reconsidered, ed. by Duncan Petrie, Melanie Williams and Laura Mayne
A valuable and knowledgeable historical study that seeks to broaden the analysis of authorship, genre and style for analysis of colour in widescreen cinematography
2021 Awards: Best Research Practice
(e.g. original film/TV/video/moving image/screen media practice)
A Short Film About Ice: Cinematographic Approaches Towards the Eco-sublime Landscape – a Practice-Led Enquiry
Adam Laity (University of the West of England)
Laity’s A Short Film About Ice delivers a searing evocation of the destruction of earth through an achingly beautiful, and vulnerable reflection on the role of the human, the machine and the landscape. This is an important piece of work, questioning of the provenance and the impact of images; and an examination of the cinematographer’s role.
The Deathless Woman
Roz Mortimer (University for the Creative Arts, PhD candidate at University of Westminster)
Mortimer’s The Deathless Woman is to be commended for an ambitious and novel approach toward the documentary genre. Using a hybrid documentary format, the film combines oral history with fantasy to bring past and present in dialogue with each other. The film explores the marginalised histories of the Roma from World War 2 to the present day, investigating how landspaces maintain and hold the testimonies of atrocity, seeing the land as a witness to this trauma.
(e.g. research applications/infrastructure, film and television studies research-related mobile applications, online databases, websites and archives, new and emerging media)
Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco (University of Essex)
Dr Fabrizio Galeazzi, StoryLab (Anglia Ruskin University)
This interactive documentary combines 3D visualisation and multi-modal storytelling to tell the story of Senerchia terremotata, the earthquake that devastated the Irpinia region (South Italy) in 1980. A conceptually exciting representation of space as a repository of material environment, the project uses a mix of oral history, LiDAR 3D laser scanning technology and an immersive VR environment to map a multi-stranded narrative of a ruined town and its reconstruction.
Paths Untold: Sketches of South-East Asian Filmmaking Careers
Nico Meissner (Griffith University)
Paths Untold is a series of 27 micro-documentary portraits of South-East Asian filmmakers which highlights the diversity of creative careers and the new urban realities in ten South-East Asian capital cities. By focusing on screen careers outside of the global mainstream, the project examines how independent filmmakers build and sustain careers in the global screen industries of the 21st century.
Videographic Film Criticism
(e.g. online digital video essays/scholarly remixes/audio-visual film criticism)
Indy Vinyl: Records in American Independent Cinema - 1987-2018
Ian Garwood (Glasgow)
This project represents a sustained body of videographic film criticism which focuses both on the representation of vinyl in American Indie cinema and an exploration of the video essay as a form, offering an iterative model of engaging multi-media work at the intersection of cinephilia and film scholarship. In particular, Vinyl, Interrupted - which offers a 'critical supercut' of his database of vinyl film references, fact checking the cast and crew of each film for #MeToo issues - adds a new and welcome category to canonisation.
A caressing dialogical encounter
Judith Rifeser (Goldsmiths)
Rifeser’s A caressing dialogical encounter is a highly personal engagement with Luce Irigaray’s concept of the caress. Exploring the potential of the audio-visual essay as feminist praxis, the film offers an inclusive approach that seeks to counter phallogocentric, universalising experiences through a critical analysis of the embodied, lived experience of on screen caresses via the carefully selected work of 18 global women filmmakers. The film’s appeal to proximity and tactility is a reminder of the pertinence of intimacy and touch in media in these times of social distance
2021 Awards: Postgraduate Poster Competition
Winner (Postgraduate Poster Competition 2021)
Laura Minor, University of Leeds.
‘Reconfiguring the Unruly Woman in British TV Comedy’.
Runner-up (Postgraduate Poster Competition 2021)
Zoe Burgess, University of Southampton.
‘Gender and Class in the Film Collection of the Amateur
Film and Sound Archive’.
Honourable Mention (Postgraduate Poster Competition 2021)
Georgia Brown, Queen Mary, University of London.
‘Vivien Leigh: Appointment Diaries Analysis Total Number of
Appointments by Category’.
Honourable Mention (Postgraduate Poster Competition 2021)
Charlie Thorpe, Sheffield Hallam University.
Representations of Mental Health Documentaries.
You can view all the shortlisted posters here.