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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 will be announced at the BAFTSS Annual Conference, 20-21 April 2017, including screenings of extracts and the winning film.

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Author: Sara Penrhyn Jones
Format: Documentary
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...
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Virtual Illumination
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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...
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Village Tales
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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...
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Brighton: Symphony of a City
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Author: Lizzie Thynne and Ed Huges
Format: City Symphony
Duration: 48 mins

A hypnotic homage to the city of Brighton, combining music, contemporary and archive footage to celebrate everyday life in the city...
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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 admin@screenworks.org.uk with "Screenworks Reviewer" in the subject and attach a brief bio and an outline of the areas you are interested in reviewing.

This volume is presented in association with the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.
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About

Peer-Review for Practice Research

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 admin@screenworks.org.uk 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

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Submissions

Call for Submissions

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.

Guidelines for Contributors

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.

The Supporting Research Statement

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.

The Peer Review Process

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.

Submissions Deadlines

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.

  • The final deadline for general Volume 7 is 15 December 2016.
  • Deadline for Special Issue on Radical Film: Deadline 31 January 2017.

Submissions should be emailed to admin@screenworks.org.uk, 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)

Academic Reviewers

 

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
Nicholas Lambert Ravensbourne
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.

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