Festival information

The RAI Festival of Ethnographic Film is a biennial festival event bringing together the global cutting edge in ethnographic film-making. Drawing in international film-makers, broadcasters, academics and a non-specialist audience, it is one of the leading global gatherings in the UK that celebrates critical film-making and discusses the relationships between film, visual culture, and the promotion of cultural diversity and inter-cultural dialogue. 

The festival includes film screenings, the awarding of film prizes, workshops and panel debates. The conference 'Emotions in Motion' will follow on from the festival, and the two will overlap with a special screening day on Saturday July 4th (details to follow). 

This is the festival's first visit to Leeds and we look forward to an exciting and successful week! Welcome to Leeds! 

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Associated events

Pre-festival Screenings at the Hyde Park Picture House

From May 12th and every Tuesday evening until the festival, Leeds's own historic Art House Cinema will be screening the best of previous prize winners. Film-makers will be there to introduce the films and answer questions, thanks to a lottery grant from Screen Yorkshire. If you're in the region, why not come along to see the 8-Greats at the Hyde Park Picture House. Follow the link for programme and details.

Film-making for Fieldwork: a practical short course

Andy Lawrence

Sunday, 21 June – Wednesday 1 July, 2009, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology and Manchester Media Centre. For details, please see: Field Work Film 


1st International Visual Methods Conference

University of Leeds 15th - 17th September 2009

The aim of the conference is to bring together leading researchers and practitioners representing different disciplines and approaches to visual methodology in order to exchange ideas and advance visual methodology in all its forms. There will be two internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, a workshop for those new to visual methods, posters and a wide range of papers given. Presentations will focus on state-of-the-art visual methods as well as innovative real-world applications. For more information, please see the conference home page: http://www.education.leeds.ac.uk/research/visual-methods-conference/

About this Festival

Sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival was held from Wednesday July 1st to Saturday July 4th 2009, and included over 50 hours of screenings of new films, a major international conference, and a targeted selection of events focusing on anthropological ethics in filmmaking, youth participatory film, and archiving ethnographic film.

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