8th Open Russian Anthropological Film Festival (RAFF)
Ekaterinburg (Russia), April 15-20, 2013
8th Open Russian Anthropological Film Festival is the international competitive festival of documentary anthropological films. The festival programs are formed of the documentary and other anthropological films, created by directors from Russia and other countries.
RAFF focuses on man in culture and culture in man. Its formula art+science unites filmmakers and researchers expressing by film-language the peculiarity and diversity of the cultural values, it’s important link between film makers and anthropologists of Russia and all worlds on the whole.
The film-anthropology does not avoid actuality, but we discharge the depressive negativism and focuses attention to an aesthetics and semantics of cultural space in which the dramatic art of personal destinations shows. Films and videos of high value and quality, recording human activities in social, historical or ecological context are accepted for competition screenings. Films of high level creativity, a rigorous scientific content or of new forms of audiovisual expression will be preferred. The propagandizing cultural and a racial discrimination films that exchange abuse and cause divisions between people, nations, neighbors are not supposed for the festival.
Ural Federal University
Institute of History and Archaeology (Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural branch)
Government of Sverdlovsk region (Russia)
Administration of Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Russian Filmmakers Union (Ural branch)
Museum of Photography "Metenkov’s House"
Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts
Russian Institute for the Cultural Studies (Moscow)
Main goals of the Festival
• development of Russian and world cultural heritage, dialogue between people and cultures by cinema means, first of all the anthropological;
• presentation and informative support of the authors and studios creating anthropological films;
• integration of the Russian anthropological cinema into world cinematographic process.
The President and Organizing Committee define the status of the Festival in cultural and ethnopolitical context, develop the mechanism of realization of the Festival as project, supervise preparation and Festival carrying out, create the administrative and creative teams of the Festival.
The Festival Management will organize the preparation for the Festival: develops the concept and the documentation, conditions and criteria of participation; forms working divisions (the selection commission, jury, program director, coordinator, design group, publishing group, press and web support of the Festival website; organizes an advertising campaign, carries on negotiations with copyrights owners for the presentation of the films within the Festival events.
The Selection Commission of the festival selects the films by Russian and foreign authors for the competitive and inform programs.
The Jury of the anthropological films competition estimates films, awards prizes, hands over prizes within the festival award ceremony.
Participants of the Festival
• film authors, directors, script writers, producers of the films included in the programs
• cinematographers, critics, researchers-anthropologists, culturologists, ethnologists, designers, photographers, museum workers, journalists, distributors, film studio representatives, broadcasting companies and others
• main nominations: the best film, the best director, the best anthropologist
• special prizes of the Jury
• audience award
• prize of the student’s jury
• prizes of sponsors of the Festival
The documentaries created not earlier than 2010, made with a film (35 mm, 16 mm) and video film HDV, Betacam, DVCAM, DV (PAL) are available for the competition. There is no special duration restriction. The films containing materials, offending human being or growing the xenophobia are not supposed to the Festival.
For the preselecting the film copy and the registration form filled with the author`s signature and the production studio`s press (if that is available) should be send to Festival Management on DVD.
The application package should be received by organizers not later than 1st of February, 2013(deadline). We will inform you about the results of selection before 1st of March, 2013. So the application is consisted of: 1. filled registration form; 2. film copy on DVD.
The films which have been selected for the competition, should be sent to the organizers with one of the above-stated digital formats (DVCam is preferable) not later than 1st of April, 2013.
Please, mail your film copy with the signed entry form to the Direction at the following address:
Ethnographic Bureau (to 8th RAFF)
Russia, 620062, Ekaterinburg, Gagarina Street, 35/a–47
For electronic submission please mail your entry form to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (copy, with mark “8th RAFF – entry form”).
The holder of the copyright authorizes the RAFF Organizing committee to make available the whole film(s) to the TV of Ural region, also within the RAFF`s events before, during and after the Festival.
The holder of the copyright authorizes the film DVD copy held in the Festival's archive to be screened in noncommercial programs of the Northern Traveling Film Festival, retrospectives of RAFF.
The holder of the copyright authorizes the RAFF Organizing committee to make available an excerpt of the film up 3 minutes to RAFF web-site and up to 4 minutes to TV-programs about the Festival, promo, visuals about the Festival for the popularization of the Festival.
THE ENTRY OF A FILM IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF THE 8th RAFF'S REGULATIONS. By signing this Entry Form I declare that the information I have provided is accurate.
The additional information can be tracked with the Festival`s website:www.rfaf.ru/eng
President of the Festival, professor, film director Andrei Golovnev