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Shortlist announced for the Jules Wright Prize for female creative technicians

Date posted: 18.07.2017

In partnership with The Wapping Project, we are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Jules Wright Prize. The £5,000 prize seeks to recognise, reward and highlight female creative technicians working with artist filmmakers, and each year celebrates a different discipline of work. This year's prize focuses on sound designers, with sound playing an integral role equal to the image within artists' films.

The award, now in its third year, is for UK-based female creative technicians who have played a significant role in the area of artists' moving image production. The award highlights the crucial role in artist filmmaking played by female technicians, and draws attention to the fact that women are seriously underrepresented in the film industry.

The Shortlist

The three shortlisted women, Beatrice Dillon, Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu, have created sound for the work of artists such as Steve McQueen, Conrad Shawcross, Siobhan Davies, Jeremy Deller, Susan Philipsz and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

The Jules Wright Prize is for technical and craft roles within artist filmmaking, serving to recognise the collaborative nature of this area of practice and underlining that artists' films are a result of input from many skilled experts. Each year the Prize will focus on female creative technicians working in a particular discipline. Over 100 artist filmmakers, experts and specialists working in the field of moving image were invited to nominate female sound designers focusing on those with a track record for creativity, skill and a determination to drive the field forward.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "The shortlisted sound designers have all accomplished tremendous things, bring depth, atmosphere and a sense of total immersion to works by the likes of Steve McQueen, Jeremy Deller and the Chapman brothers. The startling and innovative sound work of Beatrice Dillon, Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu is to be applauded, and I congratulate all three of them on their nomination for this year's prize. I would also like to thank The Wapping Project for their support and for helping us celebrate this pivotal area of work."  

Announcement ceremony

The Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician was named after the late founder of The Wapping Project, a successful theatre director, curator and long-time champion of women in the arts. The winner of the £5,000 prize will be announced at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery on 20 November alongside the Film London Jarman Award.

The jury for the Jules Wright Prize was: Sara Putt, Director of Sara Putt Associates, a leading agency for behind the camera talent; Lucy Harris, an editor and winner of last years' Jules Wright Prize; and Errollyn Wallen MBE, an internationally renowned composer, librettist and singer-songwriter, as well as a collaborator of Jules Wright.

The jury said: ''We were impressed by the commitment, knowledge, professional experience and diversity of the works of all the shortlisted nominees, presenting an impressive picture of the quality and depth of talent of female technicians working with sound. The high technical and professional skills of the shortlist are matched by a sensitivity of approach and interpretation to working with sound that is informed by collaboration and dialogue. This creative exchange and generosity continues to make a huge contribution to the international success and vibrancy of artists' film."

Find out more about the prize

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