Film London has announced the shortlist for this year’s £10,000 Jarman Award, celebrating the spirit of experimentation, imagination and inspiration in the work of UK artist filmmakers. The award is open to mid-career artists whose work embraces the spirit and the legacy of the artist/filmmaker Derek Jarman.

The shortlist includes: Turner Prize nominated Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, who is currently running a Kickstarter campaign along with London-based Studio Voltaire to help fund her latest project Hermitos Children 2; Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, whose feature film 20,000 Days On Earth, following a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician Nick Cave, is currently screening at film festivals prior to its cinema release in September; and Glasgow-based artist Stephen Sutcliffe, best known for his film collages featuring archive footage from TV, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word.

Also shortlisted are: John Akomfrah; Laura Buckley; Sebastian Buerkner; Steven Claydon; Redmond Entwistle; Ursula Mayer; and Rachel Reupke.

The winner will receive a £10,000 cash prize alongside a broadcast commission to produce a series of film artworks for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand. Three further artists will also be selected for Random Acts commissions, worth £4000 each. Work by all 10 shortlisted artists will be showing across the UK as part of the Jarman Award touring programme in the lead up to the announcement in December.

The jury for the 2014 award is: Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (Chair); Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; John Hay, Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4; Steven Cairns, Associate Curator of Artists’ Film & Moving Image, ICA; Beatrice Gibson, artist and filmmaker; and John Maybury, filmmaker.

Speaking about Channel 4’s involvement in the award, Hay said: “Channel 4 doesn’t make films about artists; it invites artists to make films about the world, so this is a perfect partnership for us. We’re delighted to have work of this calibre on the channel, and proud that we can help get as big and broad an audience to it as possible.”

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