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18-Apr-2014 6:35am PDT  

 

2014 Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film and Media Festival - Washington, DC

33 Annual December 04, 2014 to December 06, 2014

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Attn: Dr. Harjant S. Gill
Anthropology, Towson University
8000 York Rd
Towson MD 21252
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Phone: (410) 704 - 5166
svafilmfestival@gmail.com
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Ultra-shorts
Ultra-short ethnographic videos and films under 5 minutes. Cell-phone and youtube-style videos permitted and encouraged.
Shorts
Ethnographic video and films of 30 minutes or less in length.
Feature length
Ethnographic films and videos with a length of over 30 minutes - and under 120 minutes.

Please Note: SVAFF prefers feature films that are closer to 50 - 90 minutes in length. We encourage filmmakers with feature films longer then 120 minutes to submit a shorter, edited version of their films.
Interactive media & audio-visual presentations
Interactive media includes websites, interactive CD-ROMs / DVD-ROMs / Blu-Ray disks, hyperlinked documents, active or annotated media, etc.

Please Note: If your project is selected for this category, the creator is required to attend SVAFF, and participate in a Q&A session with audience members.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Society for Visual Anthropology screens the best ethnographic films, video, and media productions at our annual SVA Media Festival, held in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. This gives independent filmmakers as well as distributors broad access to a market of several thousand anthropologists and educators.

Ethnographic media is defined broadly as works created as the result of ethnographic fieldwork or those which use, are informed by, or illustrate the principles of anthropological theory or methods.

For more information about American Anthropology Associations and its annual meetings, please visit: www.aaanet.org/meetings


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
(Please read carefully before submitting)

For the past several decades, the Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and Media Festival has screened outstanding work by students, professional anthropologists, and professional filmmakers at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting.

The American Anthropological Association annual meeting and 2014 SVA Festival will be held December 3-7, in Washington, DC.

LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL
In 2013 we received 155 submissions and we accepted and screened 38 films/interactive media projects at our festival in Chicago. In total, 24 hours of programming was accepted.

ENTRY CATEGORIES:
The SVA Film Festival accepts entries in the following categories:

Ethnographic video and films:
Ultra Shorts - works less than 5 minutes in length
Shorts - works less than 30 minutes in length
Feature length - works greater than 30 minutes in length

Interactive and new media:
Audio/Photo essays
Interactive websites and new media

While the vast majority submissions are non-fiction, the festival accepts experimental, dramatic, narrative, and other genres as long as they fall within the broad category of ethnographic media as defined in our mission statement.

STUDENT AND SVA MEMBER WORK:
Special consideration and reduced entry fees are given for works created by students and current members of the Society for Visual Anthropology.

Submissions sent as "student work" must have been completed while the submitter was enrolled in an accredited educational institution. Proof of student status may be requested. Submissions in noncompliance may be disqualified without refund.

Submissions submitted as created by an "SVA Member" must have a named Society for Visual Anthropology member in a key production role (filmmaker, photographer, or director) or as the central narrator/interlocutor in the film. Pieces done in consultation with an anthropologist should be submitted as regular films. Submissions in noncompliance may be disqualified without refund.

JURYING:
The Festival jury, comprised of anthropologists and film scholars, selects work to be included in the festival on the basis of anthropological relevance and value to the field. Low budget and shorter works receive as careful attention as high budget or longer works.

AWARDS:
The SVA bestows a number of awards each year, including the festival’s highest recognition, the Jean Rouch Award given for collaborative and participatory work. Other category based awards include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Ultra-Short, and Best Student Film (graduate and undergraduate).

AAA and SVA REGISTRATION:
WithoutABox (WAB) is the official and only way to submit films and media for the SVA Media Festival.

Please note that you do NOT need to also register a film/video submission on the American Anthropological Association website if all you are doing is submitting a film/video/media production through WAB. Films and media productions chosen for the festival by the jury will be forwarded by the SVA Festival Committee to the AAA Program Committee.

If you are a AAA member and wish to attend the annual AAA meetings, you will still need to register on the AAA website for the conference itself as well as for any other paper, poster, or panel presentations.

We invite all filmmakers whose films are programed to attend the film festival and conduct a brief Q&A session after their films are screened. However, SVA does not provide travel support or accommodations for any of its filmmakers.

Attendance to the SVA Film Festival is free for filmmakers. We also encourage academic filmmakers attending the SVA Film Festival to register for the AAA meetings, however registration is not mandatory to attend the screenings at the SVA Film Festival.



ORGANIZERS
Harjant Gill (SVA Film Festival Co-Director) ; Jenny Chio (SVA Film Festival Co-Director) ; Karen Nakamura (SVA Film Festival Czar)

GENERAL RULES
Please read carefully

The SVA Film and Media Festival will take every reasonable care to protect the submitted films. In the event of loss or damage while at the festival, the SVA Film and Media Festival will assume responsibility only for the replacement value of the print or the media. Please DO NOT submit master prints, as neither the preview DVDs nor the exhibition DVDs will be returned to the filmmaker.

Filmmakers and content creators are responsible for obtaining all applicable consents, releases, permissions, and waivers prior to the media festival.

PRE SCREENERS:
Preview copies (screeners) of all films must be postmarked or uploaded by the submitted deadline or will be disqualified.

EXHIBITION COPIES:
Final exhibition copies of accepted films must be received by October 1st, 2014 or the films may be disqualified from the festival program without a refund.

REFUND POLICY:
Regardless of the programing outcomes, SVAFF does not refund submission fees.


Q&A SESSIONS & FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE:
2014 SVA Film and Media Festival will be held in conjunction with the 113th Annual American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Washington DC, December 3rd - 7th 2014 (http://www.aaanet.org/meetings)

We encourage filmmakers to attend their screenings and participate in a question and answer session with the audience afterwards. Media-makers presenting Interactive Media are required to attend their sessions. The Q&A time is often limited so please let us know if you plan to attend as soon as possible and we can set aside some time for you.

SVAFF is entirely a volunteer run operation. We operate on a shoestring budget, and cannot provide financial support to filmmakers towards travel and lodging. We encourage all of our filmmakers to attend the festival, and will happily carve out time for filmmakers to interact with the audience, however due to lack of operational and financial resources, filmmakers are request to make travel and lodging arrangements on their own.

While we encourage filmmakers and mediamakers to attend AAA meetings, you are not required to register for the meeting inorder to attend the SVA Film and Media Festival. Film festival attendance is free of cost and we encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues in and around Washington DC area to join us.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Submissions sent as "student work" must have been completed while the submitter was enrolled in an accredited educational institution. Proof of student status may be requested. Submissions in noncompliance may be disqualified without refund. Submissions submitted as created by an "SVA Member" must have a named SVA Member in a key production role (filmaker, photographer, or director) or as the central narrator/interlocutor in the film. Pieces done in consultation with an anthropologist should be submitted as regular films. Submissions in noncompliance may be disqualified without refund. All films and media submitted will remain with the organizing institutions as part of their research collection (for internal screening purposes only).