The Jarman Award 2020

The Jarman Award
Jarman Award 2020 identity. Black line writing against a red and white backdrop

Jarman Award 2020 shortlisted artists

The shortlisted artists’ work includes a two-channel Arabic language science-fiction film shot in black and white and a Jarmanesque exploration of gender set in an Art Deco Blackpool cabaret. Feature-length films tell the stories of London’s marginalised underworld characters whilst mesmerising collages combine archival analogue film stock with digital media to explore the history of Black techno music. Innovative collaborative films reveal the experience of autism and identity whilst Michelle Williams Gamaker’s ‘fictional activism’ restages politically problematic scenes from early 20th Century British and Hollywood studio films.

The Jarman Award 2020 tour

The winner of the Jarman Award 2020 will be announced on 24 November. In the lead up to the announcement, this year will see the best in contemporary artists’ filmmaking taken on a virtual tour to venues across the UK from 24 September – 19 November. Hosted on the websites of distinguished arts venues in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each online screening will include a Q&A with one of the shortlisted artists.

Find the tour dates, venues and free booking links below.

The Jarman Award 2020 jury

  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor (Arts and Factual), Channel 4
  • Hetain Patel, Artist, winner of Jarman Award 2019
  • Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema
  • Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member


Video: Jarman Award 2020 trailer

About the Jarman Award

The Film London Jarman Award is a prestigious annual prize which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers. Launched in 2008 and inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award is unique within the industry in offering both financial assistance and the rare opportunity to produce a new moving image work.

The Award has a reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include Charlotte Prodger, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Duncan Campbell, Monster Chetwynd, James Richards, Luke Fowler, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost, all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or win the Turner Prize.

The Film London Jarman Award is presented by Film London in association with Genesis Cinema and Whitechapel Gallery.