Film London today announces the six moving image artists shortlisted for the prestigious Film London Jarman Award: Adam Chodzko, Seamus Harahan, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
This year’s shortlisted artists were chosen for bodies of work representing uncompromising power, beauty and humour. Their work shows the breadth of practice within contemporary filmmaking, from extraordinary documentaries and lyrical storytelling to mesmerising works that interweave glimpses of the past with digital technologies. Together they represent all corners of the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and offer a snapshot of the practice of UK-based moving image artists.
The Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers. The Award is inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman.
Now in its eighth year, the Award has built an enviable reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include Laure Prouvost, Elizabeth Price, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Duncan Campbell and Luke Fowler, all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or to win the Turner Prize.
For the first time the accompanying Jarman Award Tour will span England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Showcasing work by the six shortlisted artists from 29 September – 22 November 2015 in 12 major venues around the UK.
The Film London Jarman Award is unique within the industry in offering both financial assistance and the rare opportunity to produce a new moving image artwork. The Award is presented in association with Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery.
The winner of The Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 30 November 2015 at a special ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery. The winner will receive prize money of £10,000. Channel 4 will also support the award by commissioning a number of the artists to produce new films for their acclaimed Random Acts arts strand.
The Jury who selected this year’s shortlist are: Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Andrea Lissoni, Film and International Art Curator, Tate Modern and Film London Board Member; Pegah Farahmand,Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4; Stephen Sutcliffe, Artist; Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director, LUX and Sol Papadopoulos, Producer, Hurricane Films.