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The Young Filmmaker Awards has a panel of judges, each with different knowledge of history, storytelling, education, youth culture and film.

Hakim Adi (Chair of the Judging Panel)
Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Chichester

Professor Hakim Adi is the UK’s first History professor of African heritage and is a keen advocate for the History Matters campaign, which aims to encourage more young black people to choose history as a subject at school and university.

Hakim trained as an historian of Africa but his research interests have broadened to include the history of African diaspora as well as African history particularly in the twentieth century. His research demonstrates that Africans and those of African descent have played a significant but often neglected role in the history of Britain.

As one of the few historians specialising in the history of the African diaspora in Britain, Hakim’s work has led to many media appearances, work with museums and archives and the publication of three history books for children.

Paul Reid, Director, Black Cultural Archives

Dina Asher-Smith, British Athlete and History student

Dina Asher-Smith is not only the fastest British woman in history, and the first British woman to run 100m in under 11 seconds, but she is also studying for a degree in history at King’s College London.

Twenty-year-old Dina confirmed her place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by taking the 200m title at the British championships in Birmingham in June this year, adding to an impressive list of successes and titles that include record British times at 100m and 200m, 2014 World Junior Champion at 100m and 2013 European Junior Champion at 200m.

 Dina combines her athletics training with the study of history and says: ‘I think that the skills you learn in studying history are really important – reading, analysing, coming to conclusions, articulating an argument, using evidence, and just general knowledge too. And it’s really interesting!’

Photo credit: Mark Robinson

Daniel Smith, Filmmaking Manager, Into Film