THE FIFTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF VISUAL CULTURE
SEPTEMBER 28th – OCTOBER 3rd, 2005
The Finnish ethnographic film festival, Festival of Visual Culture, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year: five years of streaming live on the Web most of the films, discussions and lectures!
VisCult is known as the ‘Finnish Sister’, of the festivals held by the Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) and the Tartu Festival by the same name, held in Estonia. The Festival of Visual Culture is excited and proud to announce its cooperation with Germany’s Göttingen Film Festival and IWF Wissen und Medien.
Further cause for excitement is the fact that this year’s festival will be held in the totally restored cultural and historic Tapio Theatre, built 1927, in the very centre of Joensuu.
This years’ theme is Intimacy.
Intimacy is a broad theme touching the lives of everyone in every culture. Festival of Visual Culture aims to show a wide range of documentary, ethnographic and anthropological films for the festival which encapsulate the theme in some of these areas: Love; Rites of Passage; Sexuality; Prostitution; Privacy; Relationships between the Sexes; and Intimacy and Health in cultures around the world.
The Festival of Visual Culture is a personal event, one in which the majority of filmmakers are present to introduce their work, encouraging the opportunity for profound discussions of the films, film-making, and culture.
The festival utilizes modern technology to bridge geographical obstacles and to our knowledge the first film festival in the world that streams all content – films and discussions alike – live on the Internet.
Film content is ethnographic, anthropological and documentary films. Student films are also welcomed. This event is open to all interested persons.
Please submit your film (VHS or DVD) no later than May 31, 2005 to:
Festival of Visual Culture
Please include a short summary, format availabilities, length, and director / producer / researcher / script writer information. There is no stipulation for film length. There are a very limited number of film places this year. Film choices will be made in June.
Inquiries may be made to: and
Supported by the U.S. Embassy Helsinki and Embassy of Israel - Helsinki