The Jarman Award

Image of Photograph Derek Jarman Charing Cross Rd London 1985 Courtesy Steve Pyke

The Film London Jarman Award is an annual prize inspired by one of Britain's most innovative, esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th century, Derek Jarman.

Lunched in 2008 to celebrate the spirit of experimentation, imagination and inspiration in the work of UK artist film-makers, the Film London Jarman Award recognises individual artist film-makers whose risk-taking work resists boundaries and conventional definition - work that encompasses innovation, excellence and vision. The purpose of the award is open-ended - an investment in the career of an individual enabling a period of experimentation without pressure. The award will shine a light on artist film-makers who are to our times what Jarman was to his.

Any mid-career artist film-maker, whose work embraces the spirit and the legacy of Jarman's highly experimental and risk-taking approach, can be put forward for this annual prize.

The winner of the annual Award not only receives a £10,000 cash prize, they also win a unique broadcast commission for Channel 4's Random Acts strand. This is the only Award of its kind where an artist is rewarded with both financial assistance to enable them to flourish and the phenomenal opportunity to broadcast their work on national television.

The shortlist for the 2014 Jarman Award has just been announced: 

Find out more about the 2014 shortlist

Previous winners are:

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