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York student’s film shortlisted for national prize

Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk
Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk
Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk

Romana Turina, a PhD student at the University of York, in the department of Theatre, Film and Television, has had her film shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) 2016 Research in Film Awards.

Turina’s film, entitled Lunch with Family, charts her autobiographical journey to discover more about her Italian heritage. It is one of five entries, selected from hundreds submitted, to be shortlisted in the Inspiration Award public category. The winner will be announced on the 10th November  in a prestigious ceremony at BAFTA in London; and the prize will be £2000 to further the winner’s film-making career. The judging panel for this year’s Awards will include well-known figures from the world of film, such as Professor Tom Inns, Director of the Glasgow School of Art, and the writer, broadcaster and film critic, Danny Leigh. The Research in Film awards were established in 2015, in order to celebrate short films, of up to 30 minutes’ running time, which explore the arts and humanities and their wide-ranging influence on people’s lives and identities.

Turina was enthusiastic when describing her film:

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!”

Furthermore, 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.”

Turina’s entry, Lunch with Family, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/171320249.