Years running: 16 (since 2007)


Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna.


The ETHNOCINECA - Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna - is a unique film festival in the city of Vienna which is dedicated to anthropological themes and topics.

The ETHNOCINECA intends to provide a platform for all media-artists and filmmakers, who concentrate on anthropological issues like home, otherness, migration, oppression, liberation, poverty etc. to introduce their works to a broader audience. A public discussion about the visually presented issues shall be stimulated and facilitated.

The  program  of  ETHNOCINECA  comprises  two categories:  the  regular  program  and  the ETHNOCINECA Student Shorts Competition. Submissions are allowed only in either one of the two categories.


  • EVA – Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award
    EUR 1000
  • IDA - International Documentary Award
    EUR 1000
  • ISA – International Shorts Award
    EUR 500
  • ESSA – Ethnocineca Student Shorts Award
    EUR 500
  • ADA – Austrian Documentary Award
    EUR 1000


  • Films must have been completed on or after Jan. 1, 2021 
  • All films will be shown in the original version with English subtitles.
  • The entry form must be fully completed and all the requested documents and A preview copy submitted. One entry form must be filled out for each film.

Selection Media Type: Digital copies are preferred and can be submitted via a download link or a link to an online screener. In exceptional cases we offer an upload of the film on our FTP server. If a digital film version is not available, two DVDs/Blu-rays of the film can be submitted by postal mail.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Initiated by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (University of Vienna), the
ETHNOCINECA 2013 is organized by the organization "ETHNOCINECA - Verein zur Förderung
audio-visueller Kultur".




Official Website



Währingerstr. 73/9-10
1180 Wien


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    October 15, 2021
  • Deadline
    October 29, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    December 01, 2021
  • Notifications
    March 10, 2022
  • Event Dates
    12 — 19 May 2022
Categories & Fees

Innovative films in the field of Visual Anthropology Length: min. 45 minutes

  • Deadline — $16
  • Regular Deadline — $21

International documentaries, traditional to experimental Length: min. 45 minutes

  • Deadline — $16
  • Regular Deadline — $21

Student works and first works Length: max. 30 minutes

  • Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free

International short documentaries, traditional to experimental Length: max. 45 minutes

  • Deadline — $9
  • Regular Deadline — $14

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