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Logo for the AHRC Research in Film Awards

We are delighted to announce that the film Shelter Without Shelter, by Tom Scott-Smith and Mark E Breeze, has won the top award of Best Research Film at the AHRC Research in Film Awards 2020.

This award is for the very best film made as an output or by-product of arts and humanities research. It must be interesting, technically impressive, bring new research to wider attention, and highlight the value and importance of arts and humanities research.  

Shelter Without Shelter investigates how forced migrants from Syria were sheltered across Europe and the Middle East after 2015, living in mega-camps, city squats, occupied airports, illegal settlements, requisitioned buildings, flat-pack structures, and enormous architect-designed reception centres. Containing perspectives from the humanitarians who created these shelters as well as the critics who campaigned against them, the documentary reveals the complex dilemmas involved in attempts to house refugees in emergency conditions.

Judged by a panel of industry experts and leading academics, the five RIFA winners receive a prestigious trophy and a £5,000 prize to be invested in further film-making.

Read the full announcement listing all the winners on the UK Research and Innovation website.