Call for Entry

12th Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival – Call for Entry 2023

The Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (Taiwan) is accepting films until April 1, 2023.

About the festival:
The biennial festival is the longest running festival of its kind in Asia. Since 2001, by showcasing outstanding documentaries from Taiwan and around the world, TIEFF has introduced the Taiwanese public to a wide variety of anthropological topics as well as the communities with whom anthropologists work. By moving ethnography off of the page and on to the screen, the festival seeks to both attract new audiences to the discipline of anthropology, as well as push the boundaries of what ethnography can do. In addition to the main festival in Taipei, TIEFF also sponsors a touring festival, bringing a portion of the selected films to communities and classrooms across Taiwan.

The theme for the 2023 TIEFF is “Media/Memory.” Collective memories — the stories passed down from one generation to the next within a family, a village, a nation, etc. — become intimately connected to the media through which they are transmitted. For this year’s festival, we are looking for films that explore such questions as: Why and how are Indigenous and other minority communities losing, reviving, or transforming the traditional media they use to they tell their histories and myths (such as recitation, song, embroidery, and carving)? What happens when traditional stories are told through non-traditional media (such as digital animation)? When traditional media are used to tell new stories? What audiences are gained or lost? Also, photography, the museum, and of course, documentary film, are still often seen as “objective” media that show the reality of their subjects rather than the subjectivity of the photographers, curators or filmmakers. They are also associated with the “capture” and “preservation” of their subjects, fixing them in a particular moment in time, unchanging. How can the associations of these media with objectivity, stasis, and the death or disappearance of the subjects be disrupted?

– The festival is an ethnographic film festival, as such, all films should display an “ethnographic sensibility”]
– All films submitted must have been completed between January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2023.
– Fiction films, experimental art films, biographies, sports documentaries, and films about musicians must be accompanied by a statement regarding their suitability for the festival.
– Films on any topic will be considered, but special consideration will be given to films that match the festival theme.
– Entries in any language other than either English or Chinese should be subtitled in one of those two languages.
– The festival is open to films/videos made in all formats.
– Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway.
Submission Fee: FREE
Deadline: April 1, 2023
Notification Date: July 31, 2023

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here: (This is also the submission link)

We remind readers that the 12th Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival will take place from October 5 – 9, 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan.

To see other Call for Entries please follow the next link: “Call For Entries”.

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