Anthropological Filmmaking


Anthropological Filmmaking

We make ethnographic movies together and can teach you on our equipment at University College London

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Comment by Christos Varvantakis on June 21, 2014 at 11:01am

* Call for Films *
Xenophobia and the Ethnographic Film

The Athens Ethnographic Film Festival /span>> is introducing a new themed-screenings section, which will be showcasing ethnographic films focused on particular social issues. This year's theme is "xenophobia". As we consider issues of racist violence, aggressive expressions of nationalism and social exclusion to be of pressing relevance for the Athenian society today, we have decided to launch the themed section of the festival with a selection of ethnographic films that deal with such issues.

We are inviting submissions for films made by/ in collaboration with anthropologists (or other social scientists), which deal with one or more of the following issues: xenophobia; racism; racist hatred/violence; (religious/ ethnic) intolerance; social exclusion; discrimination; nationalism; euro-centrism.

The deadline is for submissions is July 28th. Please circulate and contact us for any queries or suggestions at : /span>> (stating 'xenophobia section' in the subject)

Follow this link /span>> to find out more and submit your film, or see the attached call.

The curators,
Dafni Sofianopoulou and Christos Varvantakis

for the
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival /span>> /span>> a href=">">>;

PLEASE NOTE: It is the intention of the festival organizers to invite as many filmmakers as possible in order to present and discuss their films with the audience, as well as to organize a workshop on the issue of Xenophobia/Racism and ethnographic film. These plans, however, are subject to the festival’s final budget restrictions.

Comment by Carlo Cubero on October 30, 2013 at 9:17am

Call for films

The call for films is now open and closes on 13th January 2014.

The European Association of Social Anthropology invites documentary film submissions to be screened during its 13th Biennial Conference, which will be in Tallinn, Estonia from the 31st July to the 3rd of August 2014. The theme of the Conference is "Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution: innovation and continuity in an interconnected world” and we encourage submissions that address topics connected to collaborations and the new kinds connections they facilitate. We are particularly interested in narratives and cinematic forms that explore how collaborations relate to conflicts and collusions, which frequently go hand in hand with declarations of cooperation and partnership.


For more information:

Comment by Miha Poredoš on June 25, 2013 at 11:14pm

Hi all

I want to share a short documentary I made about dying craft in Slovenia, entitled The Umbrella-maker:

Comment by Rodrigo Vazquez on November 30, 2012 at 12:29pm

Hi I'm Rodrigo Vazquez, a London-based Latin American filmmaker with 15 years of experience, keen to advice, teach or help out anybody with interest in filmmaking or anthropological filmmaking. My webpage:

Comment by Sandra Oliveira on November 8, 2012 at 5:10pm

Hi Joana Roque de Pinho and other beginners like me:

I've just started researching and learning on PV and I'm most interested on such methods, as I'm finishing Visual Anthropology in Lisboa (FCSH/UNL), worked with NGOs are for a decade and I'm preparing a participatory vídeo project with a multicultural community in Lisboa (to start training and filming next month) - my starting points were and - projets as - but there is a multitude of participatory approaches available - I myself I'm still a beginner - so any suggestions are welcome!

Comment by Joana Roque de Pinho on October 5, 2012 at 5:51am

Hi everyone, I am also new here, and so let me introduce myself. I am an ecological anthropologist working in Kenya and Guinea-Bissau. I am not a film maker but I have been using visual participatory methods, such as Photovoice and participatory video, in my work with Maasai communities in Kenya. I am interested in knowing how participatory videos are perceived by Western film makers, from the point of view of film making style and film making quality. I would also love to have some pointers regarding where I could find references to this. So far, I have not found anything. Any ideas and feedback is very much welcome! Thank you! 

Comment by Michael Broderick on September 11, 2012 at 3:13pm

Greetings! I'm new here, so I thought I would introduce myself. I am an aspiring visual anthropologist currently working in Japan as an English teacher while beginning fieldwork for my next film project on the side. The only proper visual anthropological work I have worked on is the video below which explores the experiences of the Gullah/Geechee community in the Southeastern US in preserving their heritage and culture. Any feedback or folks interested in future collaborations, please feel free to message me. I look forward to seeing everyone else's work here soon!

Comment by Inês Ponte on June 24, 2012 at 6:07pm


The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences ( is taking place in Manchester, UK, from August 5th-10th August 2013 and is now open for submissions.

Those concerned with visual anthropological questions might be interested in our panel, Visual Encounters: audiovisual approaches to anthropological knowledge (V01), to which we invite you to submit a paper. Proposals should be submitted through the 'Propose a paper' link on the call page,

Please note that the deadline for paper proposals is July 13.

Short Abstract:
This panel explores how audiovisual methods are being used in contemporary research and what insights such use may bring to anthropologically informed research questions. We invite discussions concerned with ethics, representation, and with the distinctive knowledge produced by audiovisual means.

Long Abstract:
The purpose of this panel is to explore the contributions of visual anthropology to elucidate socio-cultural anthropological concerns. Photography, film and sound recording devices have been of great importance in the development of the discipline as a whole. The works of Bronislaw Malinowiski, Margareth Mead, Gregory Bateson and Claude Levi-Strauss explored the use of the image in its moving and static forms, while Jean Rouch's ethnofictions experimented with the camera as a tool for reflexivity. Moreover, contributions that questioned the notion of anthropology as a 'discipline of words' have given emphasis to the impact of (audio-)visual research in contemporary anthropological enquiries. The aim of our panel is to explore how audiovisual methods are being used in contemporary research and what insights and debates such use may bring to anthropologically informed research questions.

The fact that video, photographic cameras and sound recording equipment are becoming more and more accessible to anthropologists, as well as to their subject groups, is a feature in contemporary research creating interesting dynamics and posing new challenges in terms of ethics and representation.

Audiovisual explorations in the field also enabled researchers, such as David MacDougall (among others), to investigate sensorial and corporeal forms of understanding, turning visual anthropology into a field of scientific research with its distinctive methods and epistemological assessments.

We are inviting contributions that explore the use of audio-visual media in research whilst providing significant insights to general anthropological debates. The papers can include the screening/showing of audio-visual material.

Convenors: Martha-Cecilia Dietrich, Ines Ponte, Luciana Lang, Flavia Kremer (University of Manchester)

Comment by Sheyma Buali on February 8, 2012 at 11:41pm

Someone Clap For Me is a feature documentary film about the lives and work of contemporary Ugandan poets and hip hop artists. With more than forty-four ethnic groups, each with its own unique language and culture, Uganda has various rich oral traditions, which is still influential in people's lives despite the forces of globalization and urbanization. This film tells the story of how poetry is resurfacing in Uganda in the form of open mic events and hip hop music.

Comment by Fabrizio Loce Mandes on January 30, 2012 at 12:24am

Fourth Edition of "Contro-Sguardi: International Anthropological Film Festival "

Theme of the year 2012: "For a culture of Work"

Perugia (Italy)


(Deadline: 20 February 2012)


The Ass. “Contro-Sguardi”, in collaboration with the Anthropological Section of the Department Man and Environment (Uomo e Territorio) of the University of Perugia (Italy), the city council of Perugia, Informagiovani and the cultural association Macadam, promotes the fourth edition of “Contro-Sguardi: International Anthropological Film Festival”. Theme of the year 2012: “For a culture of work”.

With this call we would like to solicitate the submission of documentary films, fictions, ethnographic, photographic exhibitions, and proposals for theatrical and musical performances related to the topic in question.

Since 2008 the festival, founded to bring together works of anthropological cinema, is open to diverse forms of visual representations. Since last year the festival became biennial, and each edition will concentrate on a specific thematic topic related to socio-cultural dynamics and contemporary societies. Contro-Sguardi 2012 proposes several kinds of differently structured workshops and debate sessions on a broad range of topics related to the “culture of work”. The aim of this theme is to reflect on the crisis of current economic and social models which progressively shrink the spaces of work, especially of young people, with many repercussions for personal and social life. Specifically, with “Culture of Work” we mean the multiplicity of social contexts, anthropological, economic, political and emotional that define work as a practice, knowledge, and existential status of the human being through which it is realized as well for self-determination.

In the awareness of social research, which increasingly requires a dialogical and experimental comparison of new techniques and technologies with their visual productions, “the Festival” opens a Call for video aimed at filmmakers, students, researchers and teachers.

The video participants at the event will be divided into two categories 1) “Competition” divided into “Documentary” and “Fiction”; 2) “Festival”, which will make the text of the regulation Contro-Sguardi festival 2012.

Partecipants at the "Competition" section are eligible for a award and a short list of selected films will be screen at “Festival do Filme Etnografico do Recife 2012” to be held in Recife in Brazil and Contro-Sguardi is twinned.

Info: ; ;

Call For Entry Contro-Sguardi festival 2012

Entry Form Contro-Sguardi Festival 2012

Regulation Contro-Sguardi festival 2012


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