Filmmaking in the Academy: Practice/Theory Interventions Friday 12 June DEADLINE: 27 March

This one-day symposium is a celebration of filmmaking in the academy, where
practice researchers screen their work and the research dimensions are
critically explored with a mixed panel of established, early career and PGR
researchers from both practice and traditional film studies backgrounds. We
invite practitioners to submit films and moving image works readily
available to view online (can be password protected), together with a
300-word research statement and links to supporting documentation, if
applicable (echoing REF guidelines for practice research).

The organisers will then make selected work available to an invited panel of
respondents: Dr Jacqueline Maingard (Co-convener of the Screen Research
Cluster, University of Bristol), Professor Andrew Spicer (Professor of
Cultural Production, UWE Bristol and UoA 34 Lead) and Professor Phil Powrie
(Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Surrey), who are all interested
in engaging critically with practice research from different disciplines.

At the event the work will be screened with a brief presentation, followed
by peer review, which will be performed live at the event in an informal,
friendly and constructive environment. Together with the filmmakers, and the
audience, the panel will aim to probe the Significance, Rigour and
Originality and contribution to new knowledge of the presented works from a
variety of theoretical frameworks, including textual analysis, screen
industries and genre studies – with a view to supporting the contributors in
honing the way in which they articulate their practice as research for
REF2021 and beyond.

Practice work, statements and the resulting conversations could be written
up and submitted as a strand to BAFTSS online journal Open Screens.
The aims of the event are threefold:

1. to provide a supportive space to communicate the value of practice
research to a mixed audience of practice and non-practice researchers in
preparation for REF21 2. to act as a pilot for a potential strand at future
BAFTSS Annual Conferences to avoid practice speaking only to practice 3. to
encourage colleagues to submit practice for consideration by the journal.

Key Dates:

Deadline for submissions: 27 March 2020 Notification: 1 May
Registration: 22 May 2020
Event: Friday 12 June 2020

Please email charlotte.crofts@uwe.ac.uk by 27 March 2020 with “BAFTSS
Practice SIG Event” in the subject. Please see details on Submission
Guidelines below. We very much look forward to receiving your submissions.

Charlotte Crofts (Associate Professor, Filmmaking, UWE Bristol, BAFTSS
Practice Research SIG convenor)
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please submit a Word .doc or .pdf using the following headings:

1. Vimeo URL
2. Vimeo Password if needed
3. 300-word Statement
4. Other contextual information (previously called a ‘portfolio’). Both the
item and the contextual information may include moving image, sonic, visual
or other digital media or written text, as appropriate, to enable the panel
to access the research dimensions of the work and to assess its
significance, originality and rigour. The 300- word statement should be used
to indicate what is the output and what is the contextual information.
For REF2014, the 300-word statement was particularly important for
practice-based research, and for REF21 the 300-word statements are expected
to be equally essential to setting out the basis and merits of the research,
using the 300 words to explain succinctly how the output met the criteria
against which REF outputs are judged: originality, significance and rigour.

According to the Guidance on Submissions 2019/0
(https://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/guidance-on-submissions-201901/)
“For any submitted outputs where the research content and/or process is not
evident from the output, such as non-text outputs or teaching materials,
submissions should include a statement which identifies the research
questions, methodology and means of dissemination (maximum 300 words). The
300-word statement should only include “Factual information about the
research questions, methodology or means of dissemination, where these are
not described within the output itself. This applies to practice-based
outputs, for example an exhibition, performance or artefact”.
According to Panel Criteria and Working Methods
(https://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/panel-
criteria-and-working-methods-201902/: ”The entirety of the material
submitted (the output and the 300-word statement where provided) should
provide the panel with coherent evidence of the research dimensions of the
work in terms of:

• the research process – the question and/or issues being explored, the
process of discovery, methods and/or methodologies, the creative and/or
intellectual context or literature review upon which the work draws, or
challenges or critiques • the research insights – the findings, discoveries
or creative outcomes of that process • the dissemination – how and where the
insights or discoveries were ‘effectively shared’.
This needs to satisfy the REF requirements around the dates at which work
first entered the public domain (‘Guidance on submissions’, paragraph
205.b.). The principle that no output will be privileged or disadvantaged on
the basis of the publisher, where it is published or the medium of its
publication (paragraph 217), will also apply in relation to the broad range
of modes through which practice outputs enter the public domain.”
Below is how the REF defines each of the criteria used for judging
outputs:
Originality – A creative/intellectual advance that makes an important and
innovative contribution to understanding and knowledge. This may
include:

• substantive empirical findings
• new arguments, interpretations or insights • imaginative scope •
assembling of information in an innovative way • development of new
theoretical frameworks and conceptual models • innovative methodologies
and/or new forms of expression Significance – The enhancement of, •
knowledge • thinking • understanding • and/or practice Rigour – intellectual
coherence • methodological precision and analytical power • accuracy and
depth of scholarship • awareness of and appropriate engagement with other
relevant work
This event is run by the BAFTSS Practiced Research SIG, supported by the
British Association of Film and Television Studies (BAFTSS) and the Moving
Image Research Group (MIRGE), UWE Bristol.