The Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest continues the exploration of the world through the ethnographic lens. For the upcoming festive tenth edition, Ethnofest is announcing a call for films that observe, feel and reflect upon cultures and the human condition, using theories and tools of anthropology and ethnography.
The call is addressed to anthropologists and other social scientists who employ and facilitate audiovisual means in their research and also to filmmakers who have collaborated with anthropologists or other social scientists at any stage of the production. We are looking for ethnographic documentaries and anthropological films, as well as for films which creatively push the limits of the standard definitions of these genres. We are also looking for student films made by anthropologists or social scientists, as a part of their BA, MA or PHD dissertation or within the framework of other university programmes.
Eligible are the films produced within the last three years, as of 2017. You may submit your film in one of the four open sections: Student Films, Panorama, Filmic Experiments in Ethnography, Themed Section (you may read more about the open sections below and here). The submission deadline is May 31st 2019.
To submit your film, please read the terms and conditions, fill in and submit the entry form here.
We are looking forward to receiving your films!
*The 10th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest will take place from 27th November to 4th December 2019.
The most interesting aspect of postgraduate degrees on Visual Anthropology (or related programmes like visual sociology, visual culture) is the fact that students need to submit a film as part of their thesis and not a typical dissertation. These films often are pioneering, bold and incisive projecting the future of visual ethnography and in general of social sciences.
In this section of the festival, we present a selection of student films from all over the world.
In this section, we invite, explore and showcase the forefront in ethnographic, anthropological and social science filmmaking created by established filmmakers as well as by new talents.
Panorama is an outlook on the state of contemporary ethnographic cinema.
Filmic Experiments in Ethnography
The aim of this section is to present films that experiment with the mediums, forms, narrative techniques and practices of ethnographic filmmaking. These films create new visual and sensorial experiences and provide new pathways to anthropological analyses.
Themed Section. Contested gentrification in times of change: from social economy to aggressive urban development
Wishing to initiate a dialogue on the value and relevance of visual anthropological perspectives on contemporary social life, the Festival introduced a themed section of screenings relating to social issues and visual/anthropological viewpoints about them. These screenings underline the significance of documenting and analyzing the contemporary social reality and its topical aspects.
In 2019 the Themed Section is curated by the Festival’s team under the co-ordination of our scientific advisor, Pafsanias Karathanasis. This year’s theme comes as a response to the increasing changes in Athens. Over the past couple of years, gentrification and touristification have become pressing issues for the city, changing the everydayness of its inhabitants. In an attempt to draw the public and academic attention to the different localizations of “gentrification” across Europe and the rest of the world, the call for films aims to explore experiences and effects of urban development processes in contemporary urban lives, and the sociopolitical reactions to them. We are particularly interested in films from around the globe which address phenomena of gentrification, touristification, short-stay real estate development and the aestheticization of the city, with regard to issues such as the commodification of peer to peer platforms, the housing crisis in contemporary metropolises and displacement, but also with respect to the contestations these processes cause.