They receive £10,000 in prize money and a Channel 4 short film commission for new strand Random Acts.

London based artist film-making duo Anja Kirschner and David Panos have won the 2011 Film London Jarman Award, announced last night at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Kirschner and Panos will receive £10,000 in prize money and a Channel 4 short film commission, for new strand ‘Random Acts’, worth £20,000. They were judged on their recent body of short film work which includes The Empty Plan (2010), The Last Days of Jack Shepherd (2009), Trail of the Spider (2008) and Polly II: Plan for a Revolution in Docklands (2006).

German born Kirschner and Greek born Panos were selected from a shortlist of 10 artists by a jury panel including Tate Modern film curator Stuart Comer, director of the Whitechapel Gallery Iwona Blazwick, and artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival Sandra Hebron.

The 2011 shortlist also included Ed Atkins, Claire Hooper, Torsten Lauschmann, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Clio Barnard, Corin Sworn and Imogen Stidworthy.

Launched in 2008, the Film London Jarman Award gives recognition and support to artists working with the moving image and whose work “resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence.” The Award is inspired by visionary avant-garde film-maker Derek Jarman and is funded by the Arts Council England, in partnership with Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery.

For the first year the 2011 shortlist, selected from a longer list of artists nominated by experts across the contemporary arts sector, was extended to present the work of 10 artists working with film and video.

Previous Film London Jarman Award winners include Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), and Emily Wardill (2010).