French & Francophone Cinema SIG:

Studies in French Cinema Prizes

The journal Studies in French Cinema offers a range of annual prizes for academic work on French and Francophone cinema: an Undergraduate Essay Prize, a Postgraduate Essay Prize, and the Susan Hayward Prize for the best article published in the journal. Prizes are judged by a sub-committee formed from members of the Studies in French Cinema General Editorial Board.

Conditions for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Essay Prizes

  • Essays receiving less than a mark of 80 should not be submitted.

  • The essay (written in English) must be 2000-4000 words long for Undergraduate essays and 4000-6000 words long for Postgraduate essays (notes and references included).

  • Whole dissertations, or chapters from dissertations, are excluded.

  • The essay must have been written by a student registered at the time of submission at an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

  • It must be submitted as an electronic file to the Chief General Editor of Studies in French Cinema by the student’s supervisor.

  • The supervisor should state what mark was achieved, confirm the originality of the essay, and the date of its first submission.

  • The file should not contain any assessor comments.

  • The student’s name and institution should not appear anywhere on the essay.

Undergraduate Essay Prize

This is an annual prize for an undergraduate essay in English on any aspect of French or Francophone cinema by undergraduate students based in UK universities. The prize consists of a cheque for £50. The deadline is 31st October each year.


  • 2017 Lucia Lane (UCL) for an essay ‘The relation between beauty and death in episode 2B of Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma’.

  • 2016, joint-winners: Jade Scheepers (Newcastle University) for an essay entitled ‘The heroines of both Casque d’or(1952) and Et Dieu… créa la femme (1956) present a challenge to 1950s constructions of French femininity. In discussing this statement, consider the role of stardom and star persona, as well as narrative and character construction’; and Miranda Wilkie (University of Warwick) for an essay entitled ‘Compare the construction of gender in one mass popular text and one auteur film [Gazon maudit and À Ma Sœur!] studied on the course, paying particular attention to formal aspects of the text. How might we speculate about the two texts’ different potential to mediate issues of gendered identity?’

  • 2015 Nace Zavrl (King’s College, London) for an essay entitled ‘”Documents” and “Documentaries”: Chris Marker’s Sunless (Sans soleil, 1983)’.

  • 2014 Jules O’Dwyer (University of Bristol) for an essay entitled ‘Flesh and the threshold of humanness: Broken bodies in Grandrieux, Glazer and Denis’.

  • 2013 Simon Young (University College London) for an essay entitled ‘With reference to work by TWO or MORE filmmakers you have studied for this course, discuss the function of landscape as signifier.’

Postgraduate Essay Prize

This is an annual prize for a postgraduate essay in English on any aspect of French or Francophone cinema by postgraduate students based in UK universities. The prize consists of books published by Manchester University Press up to a retail value of £150. The essay will automatically be considered for publication in Studies in French Cinema. The deadline is 31st October each year.


  • 2017, Sue Gettins (University of Chester) for  ‘Mud, Blood and Mutilated Bodies: Towards a Deleuzian Reframing of the Past in Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles’.

  • 2016, Jules O’Dwyer (University of Cambridge), for ‘Re-orienting Objects in Resnais and Marker’s Les Statues meurent aussi’. This has since been published in Screen 58:4 Winter 2017.

The Susan Hayward Prize

The Susan Hayward Prize is awarded annually by the Editorial Board for the best article published in the journal in the previous year by an author who was registered as a Doctoral candidate at the time of submission. The Prize consists of a cheque for £100. The deadline is 31st October each year.


  • 2018, Emilija Talijan (Cambridge), ‘ “Les petits bruits”: little noises and lower volumes in Catherine Breillat’s Romance (1999) and Anatomie de l’enfer (2004)’, published in volume 18, no 4.

  • 2017, Tom Cuthbertson (Wolfson, Oxford), ‘In/Out: fictionalising autobiography in Vincent Dieutre’s Jaurès (2012)’, published in volume 17, number 3.

  • 2016, joint-winners: Jiewon Baek (Covenant College, USA) for her article ‘Turning toward the Other the face of humans the face of things and the face of language in the documentaries of Sylvain George’, published in volume 16 number 1; and Milosz Paul Rosinski (University of Cambridge, UK) for his article ‘Touching Nancy’s ethics death in Michael Haneke’s Amour’, published in volume 15 number 2.

  • 2015, Albertine Fox (Royal Holloway) for her article ‘Constructing voices in Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1979)’, published in volume 14, number 1.

  • 2014, Mary Harrod (King’s College, London) for her article ‘Sweet Nothings? Imagining the Inexpressible in Contemporary French Romantic Comedy’, published in volume 13, number 2013, Mary Harrod (King’s College, London) for her article ‘Linguistic difference as ontological sameness inBienvenue chez les Ch’tis‘, published in volume 12, number 1.

  • 2012, Jennifer Porst (University of California, Los Angeles) for her article ‘The Influence of Sound on Visual Style in Renoir’sTire au flanc and La Chienne’, published in volume 11, number 3.

  • 2010, Davina Quinlivan (King’s College London) for ‘Material Hauntings: The Kinaesthesia of Sound in Innocence (Hadzihalilovic, 2004)’.