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October 23, 2017

Call for Applications for Co- Directors for the 2018 SVA Film and Media Festival

October 23, 2017 | By | No Comments

The Society for Visual Anthropology invites applications for Co- Directors for the 2018 SVA Film and Media Festival. This is a 3-year position that will begin after the end of the 2017 meetings and continue until the end of the 2020



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


The film festival co-directors will work with the film festival jury, comprised of anthropologists and filmmakers, who select 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 bestows a number of awards each year, including best overall films (at different lengths), best student work, and when appropriate the Jean Rouch Award for collaborative and participatory work.




Qualifications of the Film Festival co-directors:


  1. An advanced degree in Anthropology and a background in fields related to visual anthropology.
  2. Proven organizational skills, especially in managing events (i.e. workshops, conferences, and/or visual exhibitions)
  3. Background in some aspect of film or media production


Responsibilities include:


  1. Work with the SVA board to solicit films through annual calls for films.
  2. Contract with the festival hosting site, to make sure listing is up to date and has the appropriate deadlines.
  1. Send out a call for and organize groups of pre-screeners.
  2. Create a pre-screening profile in so that pre-screeners can enter their comments.
    1. Organize pre-screening of films via giving pre-screeners access to the films they will be asked to view, set deadlines for their comments and control their access to the films.
    2. Creates a jury in consultation with the SVA Board.
    3. Hosts the jurying meeting and works with the Film Festival jury to coordinate jurying of films.
    4. Determine prize winners with jury; notify winner and assist with coordination of travel plans and award presentations.
    5. Schedule the Film & Media Festival in consultation with AAA staff.
    6. Advertise for the film festival.
    7. Organize staffing for the film festival itself at the Annual Meetings of the AAA.
    8. Manage budget in consultation with SVA Treasurer, including costs for jurying, technical support, staff, travel awards, and advertising.


The film festival co-editors should commit to the following work effort:


  1. One or two hours a week from January to early March for festival planning/preparation.
  2. Three to four hours a week from mid-March to April for festival related communications, database preparation.
  3. Five to six hours a week in April and May for pre-screening communications, data input, etc.
  4. One week in May or June for jurying preparation and jurying hosting.
  5. One or two hours a week from July to September for conference and film festival coordination and planning, and to prepare an annual report for the SVA Board.
  6. Four – six hours/ wk in September, October and early November for festival coordination and planning.
  7. At least several days immediately before, during and after the AAA annual meeting for festival management. (Past co-editors found that at least half of every day at the annual meeting was used in festival related activities). Co-editors should expect to arrive at the AAA meetings one day early (Tuesday) and stay until Sunday; they are also expected to attend the SVA Board Meeting as well as the SVA Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony.



The film festival editor is a voluntary position and does not receive direct compensation for time or effort. The SVA Board will reimburse expenses directly related to film festival upon approval. Jurying travel and meal expenses are covered by the SVA. Film Festival co-editors’ attendance at the AAA annual meeting is required and reimbursed (up to $1500 total to be shared between the two co-editors).


For further information or to submit an application please email SVA President-Elect Matthew Durington:


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