Best of the Jarman Awards



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Exclusive screen nights at Backlit Gallery show the best UK short films from the Jarman Awards


Short films by 20 of the UK’s best artist-filmmakers are to be shown at Backlit Gallery in Nottingham in two exclusive cinema nights.

The films, which have all been selected for the prestigious annual Film London Jarman Award over the past seven years, are being screened for the first time in the UK outside London over two Friday evenings, July 8 and 15, in Backlit’s small cinema at its gallery at Alfred House, Ashley Street, Sneinton.

The Film London Jarman Award is an annual award, inspired by the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman, which recognises talent and innovation among the growing number of artists working in film and video.

Moving Pictures: Artists’ Film from the Film London Jarman Award is a British Council touring exhibition and the films in these two 70-minute showreels have been screened at 20 venues in six countries, including Egypt, China and Azerbaijan, having been seen by 20,000 people in a year.

The Backlit screenings will be the first UK presentation of Moving Pictures outside of London, having only been previously shown together in the UK at Tate Britain.

The programme gathers together short films by 20 film-makers including two Turner Prize winner, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost, as well as other leading film artists such as Ed Atkins, John Akomfrah, Zenib Sedira and Rachel Maclean.

Maclean is one of six artists who have been shortlisted for the 2016 Jarman Award, whose winner will be announced in London on November 28. Maclean will also represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale while another film-maker in the programme, James Richards, will be representing Wales.  

Backlit director Matt Chesney said: “I am very proud that Backlit is showing these prestigious films by some of Britain’s most innovative and creative artist-filmmakers. Coming hot on the heels of our exhibition by the Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling, these two film nights cement Backlit’s reputation as one of the region’s leading supporters and exhibitors of contemporary art. Importantly, the screenings also revisit the tradition of the ‘Friday night film club’ that used to be offered by art institutions in the 1970s to give people an opportunity to see ground-breaking work.’

Places for the screenings are limited to 28 people each and must be booked in advance. Booking costs £2 but this fee will be reimbursed upon arrival.

Each screening begins at 7.15pm and includes a ten minute break. Refreshments will be served. The films vary in length, from 56 seconds to 15 minutes.

The July 8 screening will show films by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, John Akomfrah, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Elisabeth Price, Stephen Sutcliffe, James Richards, Ed Atkins, Emily Wardill and Rachel Maclean. Booking for this programme can be made at

This screening will include a talk by Maggie Ellis and Rose Cupit of the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, who will be introducing the programme and offering professional advice to artist-filmmakers.

The July 15 screening will show films by Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Laura Buckley, Ben Rivers, Andrew Kotting, Benedict Drew, Clio Barnard, Luke Fowler and Zenib Sedira. Booking for this programme can be made at


Notes to editors:

Image credits: Rachel Maclean (left) and Luke Fowler

For more information about Backlit Gallery or the Jarman Award screenings please contact Backlit marketing manager Mark Patterson 07708 336171 or Backlit director Matthew Chesney 07877 926072

Moving Pictures: Artists’ Film from the Film London Jarman Award is presented by the British Council and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network. The awards recognises artists whose work ‘resists

conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence’ in film and video.

Backlit Alfred House, Ashley Street, Sneinton NG3 1JG is a two storey independent art gallery. It provides affordable studio spaces for contemporary artists; supporting early career graduates, emerging artists and international touring practitioners. Backlit provides a dynamic public programme of national and international artists including original artist commissions, workshops, screenings and live debates. It has a strong working relationship with regional and national organisations and universities. It is committed to supporting community engaged projects and provides unique critical sessions for artists working in the city.