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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.

  • Earlybird Deadline
  • Regular Deadline
  • Late Deadline
  • Student Deadline
  • Notification Date

For more information, please contact:

2018 Festival Co-Directors:
Kathryn Ramey (
Ulla D. Berg (


Deadline May 15, 2017

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

The SVA Film Festival invites the submission of ultra short, short, and
full-length ethnographic films. Awards will be given to the best works in
a number of categories,including best undergraduate and graduate student films.

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