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March 3, 2017

2017 SVA Film and Media Festival Call for Submissions

March 3, 2017 | By | 2 Comments

The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film & Media Festival screens work by students, professional anthropologists, and professional filmmakers at the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference.

The Festival jury, comprised of anthropologists and film scholars, selects work to be included in the Festival on the basis of anthropological relevance and value to the field. Low budget and shorter works receive as careful attention as high budget or longer works. The SVA may bestow a number of awards each year, including the Festival’s highest recognition, the Joan S. Williams Award of Excellence, named for the Festival’s longtime organizer who retired in 2006. An award for Best Student Work is awarded annually and the Jean Rouch Award may be given for collaborative and participatory work.

If you wish to submit a production please visit: SVA on FilmFreeway

For more information, please contact:

2017 Festival Co-Directors:
Kathryn Ramey (
Ulla D. Berg (


  1. Cansu Civelek

    Dear Organizers,

    My name is Cansu Civelek and I am a PhD student at the University of Vienna. As a member of the AAA I am currently submiting a paper for the 2017’s annual meeting in Washington DC and I have already paid my student registration fee. I would also like to submit my self-funded documentary movie for The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film & Media Festival. When I proceed at the FimFreeway, it requires me to pay for fim submission. Therefore, I would like to ask you if I still need to pay this fee after my registration fee for the AAA?

    Thank you very much for your help and support,

    Kind regards

  2. Hello Cansu,

    The festival submission fee is not the same as registration for the conference. If you plan to attend the conference, you need to register, and if you submit to the festival it is an additional fee. Thanks for considering submitting to the SVA Film and Media Festival!

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