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The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and 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.

Submissions to the Festival are solicited on this site every March. If you wish to submit a production please visit us at that time for complete information.

For more information, please contact:

2014 Festival Co-Directors: 
Harjant Gill (
Jenny Chio (

2014 Festival Jury:
Naomi Schiller
Jenny Chio
Sarah Elder
Harjant Gill
Karen Nakamura

SVA 2014 Festival call for entries


Festival Submissions open February 1, 2013
Deadline April 15, 2013

The SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival encourage the submission
of short works (under 15 minutes), full-length ethnographic films, and
interactive media. Awards will be given to the best works in a number of
categories,including student films and short films. The submission deadline is
April 15, 2013, with early-bird discounts for submissions sent before March 1,
2013. Complete details (including information on where to send your
previews) are forthcoming.

All submissions of films for consideration are conducted via (WAB)

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