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MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Society has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems, and shall be known as The Society for Applied Anthropology. 

 

ORGANIZERS

Carla Guerrón Montero

Zachary Humenik

Arjun Shankar 

 

GENERAL RULES

The theme of the SfAA meetings is Sustainable Futures. This theme is put forth with the goal of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We include in the concept sustainability considerations of the distribution of wealth and resources and environmental renewability in our time and in the contexts of nationality and ethnicity, race and social class, and gender and sexuality. 

The 2018 Annual Meetings will bring to the forefront the ways in which anthropologists and other applied social scientists and professionals are tackling the most pressing issues of our times--including but not limited to migration and displacement, climate change, technological processes, travel and mobility, access to education, the preservation of natural and heritage resources, health care and well-being, and global economic and political crises.

We invite submissions based on two sub-themes:

1. Ethnographic or anthropologically intended films on issues related to the city of Philadelphia or the Mid-Atlantic region (to be featured on April 3, 2018, on Philadelphia Day) 

2. Ethnographic or anthropologically intended films that address the topic of the meetings, “Sustainable Futures” broadly conceived

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We invite submissions for all kinds of visual anthropology films:

Documentary
Fiction
Non-Fiction 
Anthropologically intended 
Experimental
Other

*The festival accepts non-fiction, experimental, dramatic, narrative, and other genres as long as the films are either ethnographically or anthropologically intended.


We invite submissions for two categories: 

1. Short-length documentaries (minimum 10 minutes and maximum 30 minutes)

We invite submissions for two categories:

I. Ethnographic or anthropologically intended films on issues related to the city of Philadelphia or the Mid-Atlantic region (to be featured on April 3, 2018, on Philadelphia Day)

II. Ethnographic or anthropologically intended films that address the topic of the meetings, “Sustainable Futures” broadly conceived.

*We understand “anthropologically intended” films as films that are not necessarily produced by anthropologists or based on ethnographic training, but that nonetheless provide anthropological insights into a subject.


2. Feature documentaries (minimum 30 minutes and maximum 80 minutes): We invite submissions based on two sub-themes:

I. Ethnographic or anthropologically intended films on issues related to the city of Philadelphia or the Mid-Atlantic region (to be featured on April 3, 2018, on Philadelphia Day)

II. Ethnographic or anthropologically intended films that address the topic of the meetings, “Sustainable Futures” broadly conceived.

*We understand “anthropologically intended” films as films that are not necessarily produced by anthropologists or based on ethnographic training, but that nonetheless provide anthropological insights into a subject.

 

Evaluation process:

The process for submission and evaluation has two steps:

Step 1: A 3-4 minutes trailer should be submitted in digital format by September 15, 2017. 

For online submission click the Withoutabox link below.

Submit on Withoutabox

A panel of three judges will evaluate the films. Judges will communicate decisions by October 6, 2017.

Step 2: The submitters of selected films will register for the SfAA meetings by October 15, 2017, by submitting an abstract of the film. Only those films registered officially through the site will be included in the SfAA final program. For the film festival, films will be shown in DVD format. 

 

JURYING:

The festival jury, composed of anthropologists and filmmakers​​, will select​ 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. 

 

ACCEPTANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Filmmakers will be notified about the status of their submissions (via email provided on Withoutabox) by ​October 6, 2017.

 

FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE: 

We invite all filmmakers whose films are programmed to attend the film festival and conduct a brief Q&A session after their films are screened. ​Unfortunately, SfAA is unable to provide travel support or accommodations for any of its participating filmmakers. 

​The 2018 Film Festival will be held in conjunction with the 78th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Philadelphia, PA from April 3 to April 7, 2018