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Screenings – connecting the global and the local

The programme consists of around 45 hours of new ethnographic films or films in related social and cultural documentary genres. These are presented in two or three simultaneous strands over four days, from Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 30 June, from 9am to 6pm daily with additional evening screenings on Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June, 7-9pm.

Prize Screenings

The programme is primarily made up of films short-listed for the following prizes:

  • Royal Anthropological Institute Prize
  • Basil Wright Prize
  • Blackwell Student Film Prize
  • Material Culture and Archaeology Prize
  • Music and Performance Prize

Special Screenings: China Day

In addition to the prize screenings, there is a programme of 'special screenings' dedicated to particular themes or topics.

On Saturday 30 June, there will an entire day of screenings dedicated to films of an ethnographic character about China directed by Chinese filmmakers. These will be distributed across two strands, one dealing with traditional rural subjects, the other with contemporary social change, totalling some 10 hours in all.

These screenings will be referred to as 'China Day' and a detailed programme will be announced shortly.

China Day will conclude with a banquet in the nearby Tai Pan Restaurant. Please see the Catering page for information on how to purchase tickets for the banquet


From the Making of an Englishman to the Last King of Scotland

Kevin MacDonald In Conversation

Opening Night - Wed 27 June

Castaways Projects

On Sunday 1st of July, the author Caryl Phillips will do a reading and take part in a lunchtime discussion with anthropologist Steven Feld and the artist Virginia Ryan, about their exhibition 'Castaways' which is being staged at the Whitworth art gallery. Read more

Beyond Text Conference

Conference Programme and Timetable Now Online! Visit the conference page for details!

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:
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