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Kate Hennessy


July 22, 2016

Call for Projectionists, SVA Film Festival, 2016

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Dear colleagues,

We are looking for three graduate students, undergraduates, or filmmakers to work as projectionists at the 2016 Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and Media Festival as part of the upcoming AAA meetings in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The position involves about 10 hours of work projecting an amazing line-up of films. We need people who are technologically savvy and highly responsible. This is a paid position and, in addition, the projectionists will get a AAA registration waiver.

If interested, send a note of interest and a CV to Kathryn Ramey at<>

Best regards,
Kathryn Ramey and Ulla D. Berg
Co-Directors, 2016 SVA Film and Media Festival

Aynur Kadir


March 8, 2015


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The SVA welcomes a variety of individual paper and session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado (November 18-22, 2015). The theme for the meeting isFamiliar Strange,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology.

For the 2015 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:

Susan Falls ( & Fiona P. McDonald (


Susan and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We are happy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. The SVA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended screening of visual materials, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods. For all submissions, participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, deadlines, and fees. No exceptions.


There a many different ways for members to participate in the AAA meetings through the SVA. All submissions are due April 15, 2015 unless otherwise indicated. The online abstract submission system opens for all proposal types on February 18, 2015.

Here are the types of submissions possible:

Panels and Sessions

Executive Panels   (Due Feb 17: the online application system is currently open) 

Section Invited Sessions (Due April 15) 

Volunteered Sessions (Due April 15)


Individually Volunteered Papers &Posters

Retrospective Sessions

Public Policy Forums

Media Submissions

Special Events


Section Invited & Volunteered Roundtables

Visit here for a description of each submission type:


Most popular SVA submissions categories:

Volunteered Papers/Posters/Roundtables/Sessions – Due April 15, 2015

To submit a session, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15, 2015. Be sure to indicate if you wish the SVA to review your submission.


SVA Sponsored Session Proposals – Due April 15, 2015 online

This includes all paper and poster sessions, roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone planning to submit an invited session proposal to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 1, 2015.

Media SubmissionsDue April 15, 2015
SVA continues to welcome interactive media work and also encourages short work that is under 15 minutes.  DVD formats are acceptable. Submitted materials will not be returned.

Installations – Due April 15, 2015 online through the AAA Programming Committee

Installations invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program.


2015 SVA Film and Media Festival Submissions – Due April 15, 2015

Contact SVA 2015 Directors:

Ulla Berg (

                 Naomi Schiller (

The SVA Film and Media Festival encourage the submission of short works (under 30 minutes), feature-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. Festival submissions open February 1, 2015. Early-bird discounts for March 15, 2015. The regular submission deadline is April 15, 2015. Late-deadline is May 1, 2015. Please check the SVA Film and Media Festival Without A Box submission page for complete details (including information on where to send your previews).


SVA Visual Research Conference SubmissionsDue April 1, 2015 online via the SVA Website:

Contacts: Tom Blakely ( and copy to

                  Andrea Heckman (

                  Jerome Crowder (

The SVA Visual Research Conference provides a collegial environment for the presentation of works-in-progress. This Conference especially emphasizes much interaction among the presenters and an “actively participating audience”, and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The Visual Research Conference will take place November 16-18 (Monday 7pm no-host dinner; Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-3pm).

Check the SVA website for deadline updates

Kate Hennessy


March 30, 2009

Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY: Call for Films

March 30, 2009 | By |

Where: Torun, Poland
When: November 27-29, 2009
Submission Deadline: 1st of August 2009

The 3rd edition of the Festival takes place in Torun, Poland between 27-29 of November 2009.
Documentaries are invited from any field of ethnographic, anthropological, analytical approach to cultures and societies.

For conditions and entry forms please check ASPEKTY website

“ASPEKTY” is a yearly anthropological film festival, which aims at exploring different areas of culture. The principle of the festival is to discover and present various relations, phenomena, interactions and mechanisms, which take place within a culture or between cultures. The main goal of Aspekty Film Festival is to propagate the ideas of intercultural dialogue.

The organizers of the festival want to draw attention to the subject of cultural dissimilarities, present the audience with the diversity of human experience and the multiplicity of ways of expressing oneself within a society and the world.

Lukasz Jakielski
mobile +44 609 688 852



December 24, 2008

Ethnocineca 2009

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Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest, Vienna
Call for Films

Submission deadline:  February 13, 2009
Festival dates: May 20-23, 2009
Location:  KosmosTheater, Vienna

The “ETHNOCINECA – Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna” is a film festival in Austria. It is being organized by MASN-Austria in cooperation with the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology in Vienna.

Currently we are busy organizing the ETHNOCINECA 2009. This year’s festival will be presented under a new name. The Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna will be held in the KosmosTheater from 20 – 23 May 2009 and we will do our best to offer you exciting and interesting film days. Films can be submitted until 13 February, 2009 and this years’ selection of films for the Ethnocineca 2009 will be decided upon in March.

We invite all filmmakers and media-artists to submit film and media works until 13 February 2009. You can download the submission forms and regulations at the URL below.

We are looking forward to your contributions!

For further details see our website:
Submission forms may be downloaded at:


Kate Hennessy


November 30, 2008

“Aspects” – Festival of Visual Anthropology

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Festival date: 28-30th November 2008
Location: Ethnographic Muzeum in Torun, Poland

This year’s edition is focused on Urban Ahtnropology. During festival, we will present documental films made by multicultural artists. The urban space is the leitmotif. One of the festivals section will absorbed on The New Wave of the Japanese Anthropological Cinema.

“The Aspects” is a yearly anthropological film festival, which aims at exploring various areas of culture. The principle of the festival is to discover and present various relations, phenomena, interactions and mechanisms, which take place within a culture or between cultures.

The main goal of “The Aspects” film festival is to propagate the ideas of intercultural dialogue. The creators of the festival want to draw attention to the subject of cultural dissimilarities, present the audience with the diversity of human experience, diversity of ways of expressing oneself within a society and the world.

For more information please see:

Kate Hennessy


November 30, 2008

Call for Films: Beeld voor Beeld, International Documentary Film Festival on Cultural Diversity

November 30, 2008 | By |

20th edition: Celebrating 20 years of Cultural Diversity

June 8-14, 2009
Tropentheater Amsterdam / Center for World Cultures Zuiderpershuis Antwerp

Announcement and Call for Films

BEELD VOOR BEELD is a documentary film festival dealing with cultural diversity. In 2009, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary. Rooted in visual anthropology, the festival screens documentaries on various (sub-)cultures in a format combining screenings, discussions and seminars on different themes. It offers a meeting place for filmmakers and audiences from different cultural backgrounds. All filmmakers will be present, and much attention is paid to the discussions between them and the audience.

Entry submission is open to every production that either deals with subjects of anthropology, sociology and social issues or fits in with the overall theme. So films that do not fit in with the overall theme can also be submitted.

A special program of student films will be part of the festival. The section on student films is open to all educational programs on visual anthropology or documentary filmmaking fitting in with the overall format of the festival.

Apart from general film screenings, the 20th edition will have as one of its themes:

(World) Music on Film

We will be focusing on documentaries that put (world) music in a social and cultural context. Special attention will be given to films dealing with the changes within different types of music as a result of the intermingling of cultures and musical styles.

Submission deadline: Friday January 9, 2009

For more information and entry forms:;;
Tel. + 31 20 568 8520

Kate Hennessy


October 1, 2008

The FIFEQ sends out its Call for Films

October 1, 2008 | By |

The Festival du Film Ethnographique du Québec (FIFEQ) is now in its sixth year! From January 30th to February 1st 2009, approximately one hundred ethnographic films will be shown free of charge in both Montreal and Quebec. The screening of these films will be accompanied by lectures, roundtable discussions and social gatherings.

We are now accepting film submissions until November 21st, 2008.

Two copies of the films should be submitted in DVD format, in either English or French, or containing English or French sub-titles. The films should be sent to the following name and address:

Katherine Romanow, coordinator FIFEQ 2009
Pharmaprix #0042
P.O Box 55155 BP Mackay
1500 Ste-Catherine Street O.
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1S0

The films should be accompanied by a submission form which can be found at our website:

Good luck to all candidates!

Katherine Romanow
Coordinator, FIFEQ 2009
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