June Givanni receives special prize at the British Independent Film Awards

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The BRITISH Independent Film Awards (BIFA) announced today that film curator June Givanni will receive the 2020 Special Jury Prize.

As a custodian, I would like to see archives reach their full potential. It’s a major responsibility but one that I had the privilege to accept

June Givanni

Each year, the BIFA jury identifies an industry figure who they believe deserves the coveted Special Jury Prize and, in the spirit of BIFA’s celebration of under-recognized people, the award honors heroes. unknown to the film industry – those who have left an indelible mark in the UK film landscape but have not necessarily received the recognition they deserve.

Givanni is a pioneering film curator and archivist who has worked in film and broadcasting for over 30 years. She is considered an incomparable resource for African cinema and the African diaspora by founding the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archives, based on her personal collections from years of work in the field of cinema, which include films, ephemera, manuscripts, publications, audio, photography and posters all documenting Pan-African cinema.

Through the archives, Givanni has created an invaluable resource that will stand the test of time and allow future generations of filmmakers to appreciate and learn from the history of noir cinema.

Givanni has worked as a film curator with film festivals across five continents and has been involved in key moments in the development of Pan-African cinema across the world.

In the early 1980s, she helped organize Third Eye London’s first Third World Film Festival in London and, during this time, actively worked to create specialist distribution channels for the work of filmmakers. black.

She worked as a film programmer at the Ethnic Minorities Unit of the Greater London Council at a key stage in the development of black British independent cinema and British black art and culture and also headed the unit of the Afro-Caribbean film at the British Film Institute.

She has also published a number of books, including the edited volumes Remote Control: Dilemmas of Black Intervention in British Film and TV and Symbolic Narratives / African Cinema: Audiences, Theory and the Moving Image.

BIFA juror Anthony Andrews, co-founder and creative director of We Are Parable, said of June: “We have unanimously decided to give the award to June Givanni.

“The jury considers that June made an extraordinary, altruistic and permanent contribution to the documentation of a pivotal period in the history of cinema.

“We hope this award can not only help encourage a new generation of black and brown filmmakers to take a look at June’s archive of the film Black, but also June’s exceptional work.”

Givanni said: “Thank you BIFA. This story, this archive needs to be protected and that’s why I’m still working to make it happen in the longer term.

“As a custodian, I would like to see archives reach their full potential. It is a major responsibility, but one that I had the privilege to accept.

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