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Area of academic expertise - outline

Sam Firth is a visual artist, filmmaker and researcher exploring first person documentary filmmaking and outsider perspectives in fiction filmmaking.

Her work explores the boundaries between fiction and documentary the personal and political and science and art.  

Sam's first three films form a tryptich of work using first person filmmaking to explore notions of self identity and the constuction of personal narrative.

Sam's work has been exhibited widely at international film festivals and in art galleries. Her film Stay the Same (2012) won International Competition in 2013 at Videoex Experimental film festival in Zurich and a special mention at Stuttgart Filmwinter. Her first film I.D. won the DepicT! Award at Encounters Film Festival and the Human Condition Competition at Chicago International Film Festival in 2010 and has been screened at the Tate Modern in Liverpool. In 2012 Sam won a special commendation in the Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Award and an award of £10,000 for her work. 

Current research activities

Sam recently directed the short film Creeling which explored notions of boundaries in gender, sexuality and landscapes. Creeling has screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival and Hamburg Short Film Festival.  

Sam is undertaking a practice as research PhD in filmmaking exploring self identity and the construction of narrative in autobiographical memory. The work which will be a feature length film is an autoethnographic study of how conflicting narratives are managed and appropriated within a family.

The film will use both fiction and documentary making techniques and has funding from the BFI, Wellcome Trust and Creative Scotland. It is being produced by Ivana McKinnon at Stray Bear Films.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Sam has worked as a community practiioner using filmmaking as an educational tool with children aged 5-18 and delivered numerous projects in rural settings through the First Light Scheme.


Sam Firth is an early career lecturer with an interest in practice as research in both documentary and fiction film. Her work explores the relationship between content and form in filmmaking and the function of narrative in the creation of memory and our perceptions of the world. Sam is also interested in female perspectives in contemporary cinema. She has a wealth of experience in teaching practice in film education. She has developed educational programmes in schools and for the BFI Film Academy as well as teaching for the Met Film School.   

Education / Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Leeds Beckett University

Bachelor of Arts, University of Kent

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Research Output 2010 2010

  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

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Encounters Film Festival DepicT Special British Mention Prize 2010

Sam Firth (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Human Condition Competition Chicago Film Festival 2

Sam Firth (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Special Mention

Sam Firth (Recipient), Feb 2014

Prize: Other distinction

Wand 5 Honorary Prize for Concept and Design

Sam Firth (Recipient), 20 Jan 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Award Special Commendation

Sam Firth (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2017

  • 16 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Glasgow Short Film Festival

Firth, S. (Contributor)
16 Mar 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Hebrides International Film Festival

Firth, S. (Contributor)
16 Sep 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Being Human: Digital and Analogue. Exhibition

Kosmala, K. (Chair), Josip Zanki (Contributor), Firth, S. (Contributor), Anina Brisolla (Contributor), Matías López Iglesias (Contributor), Emma Hall (Contributor), Luise Kloos (Contributor), Roanna Rahman (Contributor), Andreja Kulunčić (Contributor), Rimantas Plunge (Contributor), Jovana Popić (Contributor), Vedran Štefan (Contributor)
23 Nov 201724 Nov 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Hamburg International Short Film Festival Mo & Friese 2017

Firth, S. (Contributor)
Mar 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Firth, S. (Contributor)

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition