Call for Films: Filming Labour and Precarity

Thursday May 4th, 2017

Since its very beginning, the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival has aimed at making the Festival accessible to wider audiences and promoting the educational and reflexive dimension of ethnographic cinema on social and political consideration. Thus, in 2014 the Festival introduced a themed section, which focuses on a different topic every year. This year’s tribute emphasizes on the various filmic approaches of work, labour and precarity and will be curated by anthropologists Dimitra Kofti (Max Planck Institute) and Mao Mollona  (Goldsmiths College).

This year’s session is dedicated to films on labour, in an era of deepening precarity and deregulation of work. We invite film projects on work, labour, unemployment and scarcity of labour, unpaid labour, affective labour, inclusion and exclusion through work, migration and work, bondage labour, the experience of applying for jobs,  the intertwinement of work with gender, ethnic and age inequality, all issues of great concern and debate today.

The session will present various approaches to filming labour and precarity, including documentary, participatory, docufiction, artistic and ethnographic forms of filmmaking. It will critically reflect on the relationships between film processes, aesthetics and the politics of representation and through an in-depth review of contemporary visual approaches to labour the session will engage with questions, such as: what insights can films on labour bring on the dynamics of contemporary capitalism? How can one respond to John Roberts’ claim that all films on labour take the perspective of capital? How can processes of filmmaking cast a critical light on different forms of material and immaterial labour?

Fill in the entry form (here on pdf and doc) and send it to, clearly stating in your e-mail or subject line that the film is to be considered for the Labour and Precarity section. Send a password protected link to the film screener to or alternatively send a DVD screener to: Athens Ethnographic Film Festival P.O. Box 66009, 15501 Holargos Athens.

The deadline for submission is July 1st. Αpplicants will be notified of the acceptance of their films by October 1st 2017 at the latest. Please direct any queries to

We look forward to your submissions, as well as to your queries and comments.

The curators
Dimitra Kofti and Mao Mollona
for the 8th Athens Ethngraphic Film Festival


*The deadline for submission is now over! See you in November, at the 8th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest!