Viscult 2017: Call for Films

20.01.2017

The annual Viscult Film Festival of anthropological and ethnographic documentaries will be held 25.–27.10.2017 in Joensuu, Finland. The theme of Viscult 2017 is Autonomy.

Viscult 2017 calls for anthropological and ethnographic documentary films that address the issues of cultural self-determination and autonomy. Everyone shares the objective of strengthening one’s control of life and the desire to decide upon one’s own affairs. Autonomy is also the basic condition for the cultural survival of indigenous groups and ethnocultural minorities. The improvement of a group or individual situation is both supported and obstructed by cultural models, traditions and everyday practices. For example, gender, seniority, social class and intra-family relations may complicate the lives of fragile members in groups. The ownership of local resources is a fundamental survival issue for indigenous and local cultures. Globalization challenges individual and group attempts at autonomy everywhere, as common global culture and global technologies change the cultural everyday in profound ways. The Internet enables fresh forms of social agency, and the collective power of the net can be channelled to promote individual and group efforts. How does the theme of autonomy influence the documentary film process? What are the cinematic ways to mediate individual and group autonomy attempts in a documentary? What sort of ethical comprehension is needed in these documentary processes?

We are now inviting documentary filmmakers to send in preview versions of their recent films relevant to the theme of Autonomy. A specialist jury will watch the received films for selection in the Viscult program. The organizing committee looks forward to inviting selected directors or producers to Joensuu, to attend the Festival in person and to introduce themselves and their work to the Festival audience. The number of invitations depends on the festival budget. The main program of Viscult 2017 will be streamed real-time on the net. Therefore the selection process will prefer those films that can be streamed. The organizers also reserve the right to use trailers of the selected films in the advertising and marketing of Viscult 2017. The films should be submitted by March 15, 2017.

The Viscult Film Festival focuses especially on anthropological and ethnographic documentaries. The program consists of film screenings, student-focused workshops and plenary lectures. The events are free for all. Moreover, the majority of the films in the program will be streamed live as real-time Internet broadcasts, so the events can be followed from across the world.

For the preview by the festival jury, please send a link to streaming services, preferably Vimeo or YouTube. A link to Dropbox or similar is also accepted. Also, please send us the password to access the film, if needed. Please make sure that the film file is available for the Viscult jury until the end of June. In case a streaming link cannot be provided, please send a DVD copy of your film to the following address:

Pohjois-Karjalan alueellinen elokuvayhdistys
Kirkkokatu 27
80100 Joensuu
Finland

The received DVDs will not be returned but stored in the Festival Archive.

Viscult 2017 is organized by the North Karelia Regional Film Association together with Karelia University of Applied Sciences and the Cultural Research section of the School of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland. Associated festival partners are the student associations Muuvi and Nefa-Joensuu.