Posted on 20 September 2016
Romana Turina’s film, Lunch with Family, is one of five chosen from hundreds to be shortlisted in the Inspiration Award public category. The film follows Turina’s journey to find out more about her Italian ancestry.
The winner for each category will be announced at a ceremony at BAFTA in London on 10 November, and will receive £2,000 towards their film-making.
Set up in 2015, the Research in Film Awards celebrate short films, up to 30 minutes long, made about the arts and humanities and their influence on peoples’ lives.
Romana Turina, a PhD student in York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “Lunch with Family is about the journey of discovery that a British veteran put me on when he asked me if I knew Vladimir Turina. I had no idea if this man was a spy or a freedom fighter, an Italian or a Slovenian. What is more, I had never heard his name in my family!
“The discovery changed my sense of identity forever and uncovered some very difficult Italian history of the period 1918-1945, which has been silenced. I am absolutely delighted to see this film shortlisted!”
Mike Collins, Head of Communications at the AHRC, said: "The standard of film-making 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 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 a 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."
Judges for this year’s Awards include Professor Tom Inns, Director of the Glasgow School of Art, and writer, broadcaster and film critic, Danny Leigh.
The winning films will be shared on the Arts and Humanities Research Council website and YouTube channel.