The Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival
by Caterina Sartori
(London, United Kingdom)
The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Film Festival is a biennial event dedicated to the celebration of the best in ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological filmmaking from around the globe.
First held in 1985, and one of the longest-established in its field, the RAI Film Festival has served as a leading forum for exploring the multiple relationships between documentary filmmaking, anthropology, visual culture, and the advocacy of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue through film.
The programme is structured around three strands over four days, with the main strand consisting of films shortlisted for five main prizes: RAI Film Prize; Basil Wright Prize; Wiley Blackwell Student Prize; Material Culture and Archaeology Prize; Intangible Culture: Music-Dance-Performance Prize, coming to a total value of £1500.
Two other strands offer a diverse range of parallel events, including further screenings on themes of current interest, specialised workshops and master classes, while in 2017, there will be a particular emphasis on student filmmaking.
Films submitted for prizes must meet the following key eligibility conditions:
(a) they make a significant contribution to the fields of anthropology, archaeology, ethnography or the study of intangible culture.
(b) they were first released in public on or after 1 January 2015
(c) they are in English and/or carry English subtitles
The deadline for submission is the 30th of September 2016, and the fee to submit is £16 (or £9 for students).
The 15th RAI Film Festival will be held from the 29th of March 2017 to the 1st of April 2017 in Bristol.