We are delighted to feature the four shortlisted entries from the BAFTSS Practice Research Awards 2017. Submissions were of a very high standard this year, and it was a tough competition. The panel really enjoyed engaging with all the entries and were delighted by the diversity of the submissions, which included a range of subjects and approaches to practice research demonstrating rigorous and original research in this field. Submissions were invited in the following areas:
- Audiovisual Practice-Research: e.g. Film/TV/video/screen-writing/moving image practice
- Videographic film and moving image studies: e.g. online digital video essays / scholarly remixes
- Research Applications and Infrastructure: e.g. film and television studies research-related mobile applications, online databases and archives.
The results were announced at the BAFTSS Annual Conference, 20-21 April 2017, including screenings of clips from all the entries and the winning film:
Honourable Mention: Lizzie Thynne and Ed Huges, Brighton: Symphony of a City
Runner Up: Alex Nevill, Virtual Illumination
WINNER: Sara Penryhn Jones, TIMELINE
Author: Sara Penrhyn Jones
Duration: 30 minutes
A timely documentary about climate change which intermixes activist filmmaking with a first-person autobiographical voiceover to create a powerful call to action...
Author: Alex Nevill
Format: Installation, Video Documentation & Video Essay
Duration: 1'20"; 3 mins and 15 mins respectively
An audio-visual installation which reflects on the tensions between computer-generated and live action lighting, supported by video documentation and a sophisticated video essay...
Author: Sue Sudbury
Format: Participatory Documentary
Duration: 23 mins
A participatory documentary which aims to empower women in rural india by training them as video journalists and giving them the means of self-representation...
The work was judged by a panel of peer experts using the criteria outlined in the research statement.
Dr Sarah Atkinson (King's College London)
Dr Sarah Barrow (University of Lincoln)
Dr Charlotte Crofts (University of the West of England)
Dr Catherine Grant (University of Sussex)
Each volume of Screenworks is published on a rolling basis. This means that in the spirit of reactive online publishing we will review and publish work as it comes in, rather than waiting for a full Volume before publication. Please go to our submissions page to download the proforma and guidelines on the submission process.
If you are interested in joining our peer-review panel, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Screenworks Reviewer" in the subject and attach a brief bio and an outline of the areas you are interested in reviewing.
Welcome to Screenworks – the peer-reviewed online publication of practice research in film and screen media, edited by Dr Charlotte Crofts (UWE Bristol) and Associate Editors: Dr Steve Presence (UWE Bristol), Dr Nariman Massoumi (Bristol University) and Alex Nevill (Ravensbourne). Screenworks publishes practice research that produces new knowledge in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Performing Arts and related fields. We offer a forum for the dissemination and discussion of practice research that includes space for reflection on research contexts. Work is published alongside a research statement, which offers a ‘route map’ of the research process, together with two anonymous reviews, which provide critical feedback on both the work itself and its research context.
We accept submissions on a rolling basis as well as for Special Issues. Please see the Submissions page for further information about current calls, deadlines, the peer review process and how to submit your work. Click on Archive explore previous volumes, including the full supporting research statements and peer reviews for each volume.
What is unique about Screenworks is that the work is subject to academic peer review, just as an academic journal article would be, thus providing evidence of the impact, significance, originality and rigour of the practice as research. In addition we operate an open review policy, where peer reviews are published alongside the research statement so that the review process is transparent. Our intention is to create a supportive, yet rigorous research environment for the academic community researching screen media through practice, whilst at the same time engaging with wider audiences.
Screenworks was originally convened in 2006 by Professor Jon Dovey, and Associate editor, Dr Charlotte Crofts, and took the form of a DVD that was distributed with The Journal of Media Practice by Intellect Books. Vol 1 was published with JMP (8: 2), Autumn 2007, and Vol 2 went out with JMP (9:3), December 2008. Extracts of the works in Vols 1 & 2 have been migrated online, where possible, when the website was relaunched under the banner of JMPScreenworks.com at the JMP Symposium 2011.
Screenworks has recently been migrated once again to the present website in 2016. We now publish exclusively online in order to disseminate work more widely, save costs and to fulfil the current AHRC and REF research agendas of open access, impact and public engagement. We are hoping that this new home will enable Screenworks to continue to flourish and grow as both an online publisher of academic film and as a forum for championing screen media practice research with in the academy.
If you are interested in joining our peer-review panel, then please email us at email@example.com with “Screenworks Reviewer” in the subject and attach a brief bio and an outline of the areas you are interested in reviewing.
Supported by the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol
We invite submissions of moving image work on film, video and new media platforms. We feel strongly that the function of Screenworks is to provide an opportunity for practice research to undergo the equivalent rigorous peer-review process to that of traditional publication, and fully understand contributors’ need to evidence the impact and significance of their practice as research. Where submissions are documentation of interactive or installation work we encourage producers to consider the problems of documentation as part of the research process. We welcome work from doctoral students and post doctoral researchers, as well as those at the cutting edge of practice research both nationally and internationally.
Videos or video documentation of other screen practice must be uploaded on Vimeo.com, even if they are available online elsewhere. If you do not already have an account, you will need to join, upload and, if necessary password protect your film using the privacy settings. Please see the Vimeo/Help/Compression page for guidance on optimising your video for Vimeo. You will then include the URL and the password on the Submission Form. Only if and when your work is accepted for publication will we make it available on the JMPScreenworks.com website, as an embedded Vimeo file. Please note that, should your work be accepted for publication you will need to make it Public in the privacy settings to allow us to embed it into our website.
If your work is web-based, then simply supply the URL for review purposes.
If your work takes any other form (e.g. an app, screen-based art installation or performance) or you have a problem with uploading it on to Vimeo, then please contact us to arrange an alternative review method.
We are keen to showcase as many pieces of high quality screen media research as we can. Again, where submissions are documentation of interactive or installation work we encourage contributors to consider the problems of documentation as part of the research process.
Statements of up to 2000 words should outline Research Questions, Context, Methods, Outcomes and Impact using the Submission Form – although we also welcome the development of alternative ways of writing about practice which can identify new knowledge, research contexts and rigour – as long as they clearly identify the research in your submission.
There are many different kinds of screen media practice research. Our aim is to generate “new knowledge” in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Performing Arts and related fields. The purpose of the statement is not to “explain” the screenwork, but rather to offer a “route map” of the research process, as well as a means to provide evidence for the dissemination and wider impact of the practice.
All work submitted to Screenworks undergoes rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.
The submission process is that contributors should submit work via Vimeo and email the URL, plus a 2000-word supporting research statement that situates the work within a research context.
Both the statement and the work are then subject to open but anonymous peer review selected from the Screenworks academic reviewers representing scholar practitioners working across the field of screen media both in the UK and internationally. Reviewers will have the choice of recommending publication of both work and research statement, acceptance of work with minor rewrites of statement required, invitation to resubmit both in reworked form or of rejecting. In the case of selected work, the 500-word reviews will be published online at JMPScreenworks.com, alongside the screenwork itself and supporting research statement.
The aim is that through this process criteria for research will be generated by the community over a period of time – that we will use a dialogic model of criteria generation and research. The process of open reviewing is intended to promote an active, concrete dialogue within the community of screen media scholar practitioners as to how our research is constituted, defined and disseminated.
Screenworks is published on a rolling basis. This means that in the spirit of reactive online publishing we will review and publish work as it is comes in, rather than waiting for a full volume before publication. In addition to the general volume, we publish themed Special Issues, the first of which was on Aesthetics/Politics/Activism/Art: What is Radical Film? (in process).Our second themed Special Issue is now live and is on the theme of Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene. Do get in touch if you have any queries.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Screenworks Submission” in the subject line – with the 2000-word supporting research statement attached as a Word .doc, including a live URL to the screenwork itself on Vimeo, with password where necessary. For further guidelines please download the Screenworks Submission Form (Word .doc)
|John Adams||University of Bristol|
|Judith Aston||University of the West of England|
|Sarah Atkinson||King’s College London|
|Sarah Barrow||University of Lincoln|
|Des Bell||Queens Belfast|
|Mick Broderick||Murdoch University|
|Inga Burrows||University of Glamorgan|
|Joanna Callaghan||University of Sussex|
|David Chapman||University of East London|
|Nick Cope||University Of Sunderland|
|Charlotte Crofts||University of the West of England|
|Jill Daniels||University of East London|
|Andrew Dewdney||London South Bank University|
|Jonathan Dovey||University of the West of England|
|Tony Dowmunt||Goldsmiths College|
|Ludovica Fales||University of West London|
|Annie Goldson||University of Auckland|
|Catherine Grant||University of Sussex|
|Amy Hardie||Brunel University|
|Matthew Hawkins||Coventry University|
|Coral Houtman||University of South Wales|
|Lina Khatib||Royal Holloway University|
|Erik Knudsen||University of Salford|
|Gillian Leahy||University of Technology Sydney|
|Alisa Lebow||Brunel University|
|Dominic Lees||University for the Creative Arts|
|Cahal Mclaughlin||University of Ulster|
|Joshua McNamara||SOAS University of London|
|Chris Meigh-Andrews||University of Central Lancashire|
|Gail Pearce||Royal Holloway University|
|Steve Presence||University of the West of England|
|Michael Renov||University of Southern California|
|Jen Stein||University of the West of England|
|Suzanne Stich||University of Ulster|
|Sue Sudbury||University of Bournemouth|
|Joram Ten Brink||University of Westminster|
|Sarah Turner||University of Kent|
|Michael Uwemedimo||Roehampton University|
|Frank Verano||University of Sussex|
|Mike Wayne||Brunel University|
We are very keen to expand our pool of academic reviewers, particularly in terms of international scope, so if you would be interested in getting involved then please email with “Screenworks Reviewer” in the subject line, outlining your area of interest / expertise and your institutional affiliation.