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Call for Films: GIEFF 2022

The German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF) is celebrating its 16th edition from May 25th- 29th 2022 in Göttingen, and we are pleased to announce the new call for films open until December 15th, 2021! Early bird submissions are possible until November 25th, 2021.

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GIEFF is pursuing four objectives:
(1) to capture current trends and topics in ethnographic/documentary filmmaking by showing films, videos and interactive media not older than three years
(2) to highlight the contribution of ethnographic film as a method of producing and representing knowledge in Social & Cultural Anthropology by arranging workshops, panels and roundtables with filmmakers and visual anthropologists.
(3) to offer a venue for meeting and knowledge sharing between aspiring young filmmakers and experienced professionals as well as academics from different countries, institutions and cinematic traditions.
(4) to organize a student film competition, honoring the best productions with Student Film Prizes, awarded by an international jury of filmmakers and visual anthropologists.

Filmmakers from Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Folklore Studies and neighboring disciplines as well as documentary filmmakers especially from the global south are welcome. An international selection committee consisting of both academics and filmmakers reviews the submitted films with respect to their cinematic quality and potential to stimulate debates among the audience.

Taking from last year’s experience, we plan the next festival as a hybrid festival. We hope we can all meet in Göttingen, but we want to give viewers and especially filmmakers the possibility to participate online not only in just streaming the films but also in joining the discussions.
We are looking forward to receiving quite diverse submissions and welcoming guests and visitors from around the globe.

Anna Seegers-Krueckeberg and Robert Scheck
German International Ethnographic Film Festival /
Graphic by Kanny Li