Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Whirlpool wins RIFA Inspiration Award at BAFTA

Whirlpool receives the RIFA 2017 Inspiration Award at BAFTA. Left to right: Kate Baxter (Actor, Co-Director) Elizabeth Dixon (Co-Director), Timo Säilä (Sound Designer) and Jered Sorkin (Co-Composer)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced the winners for The AHRC Research in Film Awards 2017 on Thursday 9 November at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), in London. 

Five short films have won the top prize, including Whirlpool in the most ”hotly contested category" of the Inspiration Award, according to the award announcer, Fatima Manji, correspondent for Channel 4 News. 

The prestigious award ceremony was hosted by writer and broadcaster, Danny Leigh, who stated that ”Whirlpool is an extraordinary piece of work.

Filmmakers Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon said that receiving the award ”means that Helen Keller's deeds and accomplishments, once buried in history, are now highlighted in media. Winning the award has already impacted our efforts in creating the feature film about this incredible moment in her life, and has wider ramifications on society and how people with disabilities, or different abilities, are both perceived and represented.” 

Chair of the judging panel, Jan Dalley said: “The wonderfully varied winning films from this year's Research in Film Awards demonstrate the real impact of this art form and how carefully crafted work can take us on a journey of discovery and amazement in under 30 minutes.”

The winners will receive a trophy and £2,000 to put towards their future filmmaking. Filmmakers Kate and Elizabeth are moving the feature film about Helen Keller forward with momentum since Whirlpool has been officially selected for over 11 film festivals and nominated for multiple awards.