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Spiritual Flavours: Film as a research process

Laura shortlisted for prestigious national Film Award

Spiritual Flavours: Film as a research process

A film by Laura Cuch, a UCL Geography PhD researcher, has made the shortlist for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2016 Research in Film Awards.

Called ‘Spiritual Flavours’, it has been shortlisted in the category Utopia Award: Imagining Our Futures, a special category associated with the AHRC’s Utopia Fair at Somerset House in June 2016.

The overall winner for each category, from hundreds submitted, will be announced at a special ceremony at BAFTA in London on the 10 November.

Set up in 2015, the Research in Film Awards celebrate short films, up to 30 minutes long, about the arts and humanities and their influence on our lives.

Laura says:

Spiritual Flavours is a three-split screen film that brings together the everyday rhythms of spirituality and cooking of three people from different faith communities in one locality of West London. Having been shortlisted for the Award is a fantastic recognition and motivation to push the project further.'

Mike Collins, Head of Communications at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said:

"While watching the films I was impressed by the careful attention to detail and rich story telling that the film-makers had used to engage their audiences. The quality of the shortlisted films further demonstrates the endless potential of using film as way to communicate and engage people with academic research. Above all, the shortlist showcases the art of film-making as a way of helping us to understand the world that we live in today."

For the team of judges, key criteria include how the film makers have developed creative ways of storytelling on camera, capturing the importance of arts and humanities research to all of our lives.

On the 10 November, you can follow the fortunes of the shortlisted films on twitter via the hashtag #RIFA2016.

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