Call for Films: 10th Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF 2019)
Dear Ethnographic Filmmakers,
We are proud to announce the 10th edition of the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF), to be held in Taipei from October 4th to 8th in 2019. Founded in 2001, the biennial festival is Asia’s oldest and longest running international ethnographic film festival. For 18 years TIEFF has served to promote outstanding documentary films from around the world that are innovative, educational, and entertaining. These films, directed by both new and established filmmakers alike, all share a commitment to portraying stories and social practices from around the world in a culturally sensitive way. 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 following Spring.
TIEFF takes a flexible stance regarding what counts as an “ethnographic” film, including not just works made by anthropologists but also films made by professional filmmakers who display an ethnographic sensibility in their work. That means films which are made in an ethical manner without sensationalizing their subjects. Films that are the product of a long term close collaboration between filmmaker and subject are especially welcome. While we occasionally do accept fiction films, experimental art films, biographies, sports documentaries, and films about musicians, such films will only be considered if they are accompanied by a convincing statement regarding their suitability for the festival. TIEFF is especially proud of its commitment to celebrating the uniqueness and vibrancy of indigenous cultures and has been one of Taiwan’s most important venues for showcasing the work of both local and international indigenous filmmakers. As such we strongly encourage indigenous filmmakers to submit their work to our festival.
All films submitted to the festival must have been completed in the two years prior to the festival or on the festival year itself. For this festival that would mean films completed between 2017 and 2019. Films on any topic will be considered, but special consideration will be given to films that match the festival theme (as described below). All festival films go through a highly selective screening process. (In 2017 we selected just 42 films out of 1500 entries.) As such, festival does not have a competition or offer prizes or awards.
This year’s theme, “Visions of Sovereignty,” explores our relationships with our land, our bodies, and with each other. Moving beyond traditional political-legal notions of the state, “Visions of Sovereignty” is inspired by the work of indigenous activists and scholars who have called into question the idea that sovereign entities are neatly bounded by clearly marked borders, and that everyone within those boundaries is equally beholden to the state. Instead they ask us to look at sovereignty as a process shaped by how we see our world and our unique place within it. Going back to Hobbes the state has long been thought of as a giant person, with the focus on the body's head, occupied by a king or some other ruler. “Visions of Sovereignty” returns our gaze to the stories of the individual men and women who make up the body of the state, showing how they adapt to, challenge, and sometimes even change the very nature of sovereignty.
To submit a film go to our festival page on FilmFreeway:
Submission period: January 10, 2019 - March 10, 2019
Festival dates: October 4 – 8, 2019 (in Taipei, Taiwan)
All films submitted to the festival must have been completed between 2017 and 2019.
TIEFF is an ethnographic film festival, as such, all films should display an “ethnographic sensibility.”
Films on any topic will be considered, but special consideration will be given to films that match the festival theme.
The full rules and regulations can be found on FilmFreeway or on our festival homepage at:
Questions should be addressed to our programmer, Kerim, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our festival coordinator, Susan Huang, at email@example.com
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P. Kerim Friedman (Programmer), Hu, Tai-li (President), Tsai, Futuru C.L. (Director)
Festival Homepage: https://www.tieff.org/en/
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P. Kerim Friedman 傅可恩
Associate Professor The Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures College of Indigenous Studies National DongHwa University, TAIWAN 副教授國立東華大學族群關係與文化學系
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