Years running: 24 (since 1998)

German International Ethnographic Film Festival

International Ethnographic Film Festival.


The Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival is a biennial event, taking place in May. The general aim of the festival is to promote documentary cinema in the context of intra- and intercultural communication and to give credit to new films, videos or interactive media dealing with anthropology, sociology and cultural studies in a wide sense of the term.

The festival provides an opportunity for international co-operation in this field with special emphasis on bridging East and West, for an exchange of such media and for seeking ways of their broader use. Organised as a Central European event, media from that area will be accepted with particular interest. The festival is meant to be a chance for authors, owners and distributors, but also for users to exchange their views at the screenings and following discussions, as well as at additional specialised events which may be an integral part of the festival.


Due to the corona crisis we will screen the festival online. Register here: 


Student Competition with a prize awarded to the best student film.


For the festival all media are eligible which are films, videos or interactive media dealing with anthropology, sociology or cultural studies in a wide sense, have received their copyright after 
15.12. 2019, and have not yet been submitted in Göttingen.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

All submissions must be accompanied by the following material:

  • a preview-copy of the film DVD-Video or high-quality file (uploaded on the Internet), multimedia on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM,;
  • a transcript of the dialogues, subtitles or commentary in English, if the medium is not in English;
  • medium submssion form;
  • English or German synopsis (150 words);
  • payment of submission fee;
  • In addition, three still photographs and any available press-clippings of interviews or reviews of the medium are kindly requested.

Additional Information

For media submitted for selection, transport and insurance costs are to be paid entirely by the sender. This applies also to related expenses, in particular the fees of customs, transit agents for bringing the film in and out of the country, and the return shipping expenses of prints.

Selection Media Type: DVD, online

Screening Media Type: high-quality-file, Blu-Ray, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, HDV, DV.

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    December 15, 2020
  • Event Dates
    25 — 29 May 2021
Categories & Fees

For the festival all media are eligible which are films, videos or interactive media dealing with anthropology, sociology or cultural studies in a wide sense

  • Deadline — €20
  • Deadline — €10
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