RAI Film Festival 2013

The RAI film festival was a great success! Thank you to all the filmmakers, our wonderful audience and the local Scottish team! The Royal Anthropological Institute is pleased to announce that the following prizes have been awared. read more... 

We are pleased to announce that our US partners, the Center for Visual Anthropology, USC Dornsife will host a selection of the festival in Los Angeles, 7-9 March 2014. Please download the screening schedule. It would be a pleasure to meeting you at this occassion.

Quick link to the Edinburgh screening programme  and the prize winners 

The 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film was jointly hosted by National Museums Scotland and STAR, the Consortium of Anthropology Departments of the Universities of EdinburghAberdeen and St. Andrews.

The festival was held from Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th of June 2013 at the National Museum of Scotland and the Chrystal Macmillian building at Edinburgh University, in central Edinburgh (download a campus map here)

The Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) consortium brings together the anthropology departments of the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Founded in 2007, STAR brings the staff and students of these three universities together for unique collective training and research activities. These include the delivery of intensive residential research training programs as well as collaborations for large anthropology events such as the upcoming ASA14 Decennial and the RAI Film Festival. STAR allows Scottish anthropology to flourish across institutions. For an account of recent activities see:  http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/scottish_training_in_anthropological_research_star

We were delighted to be joining forces this year with the Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California in order that the rich selection of films being shown in Edinburgh can also be seen in a few months time in Los Angeles. The USC Center has been one of the world's most influential departments for teaching and developing anthropological film and this association with the RAI, National Museums Scotland and STAR put the RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film  on a truly global footing.

We are also pleased to announce that LUX and Collective were organising “Factish Field: An Art and Anthropology Summer School” to coincide with our Festival, 10 -14 June!

The RAI Film Festival team is looking forward to meeting you again at our next festival in summer 2015!


Former Festivals

Film Prizes

Films will be considered for the following:

  • Royal Anthropological Institute Prize
  • Basil Wright Film Prize
  • Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize
  • Material Culture & Archaeology Film Prize
  • Intangible Culture Film Prize (Music - Dance - Performance)
  • Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography

More details about the prizes can be found here.

For any enquiries please see the Contact Us page.


Organised 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 will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

UDDA NMS SSGS ED Unversity of Aberdeen StAndrews WILEY