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Exploring festivals through ethnographic documentaries  and anthropological perspectives.



Fest-Up explores the world through the inter-, multi-, trans-, cross-disciplinary lens of festival and celebratory culture worldwide. Our call for films focuses on festivals, rituals, lore, holidays, ceremonies, rites, celebrations, etc. We seek submissions, that tell a story or stories within a film. We are especially interested in films that explore the filmmaker's perspective as well as the way people feel about celebrations/festivals/carnivals/rituals etc. - their dedication to festivals etc., the way that it may be an important part of their identity, or perhaps a space to express themselves.

We also seek to understand through film questions about affective atmospheres the way that different festive or celebratory spaces etc. evoke different emotions, sensations, and qualities - the way that performances change or adapt to atmospheres.


Our call welcomes enthusiasts, practitioners, students, and scholars, (including professionals and enthusiasts who collaborated with students and/or scholars) working in diverse fields and disciplines conducting research through a practice-led creative process i.e. filmmaking. We also encourage entries from those working with smartphones or mobile film-making to capture stories.



Films produced within the last four years. We accept films and makers from around the world.

Submission Categories

Student, Ethnographic Experiment, Personal Experience/Personal Narrative, Embodiment/Sensory Ethnographic



Please send:

•the initial film in mp4 format (zip larger files) 

•trailer of the film (under 2 minutes)

•short bio less than 200 words (Word doc.)

•supporting information about the film (title, 200-word synopsis in English)

•non-English speaking films - provide subtitles

•successful applicants will be informed about the format for screen later on in the process.


We run completely by volunteers and we are recruiting volunteers to join the team (students, professionals) to create a number of short ethnographic documentary films.

Please e-mail us if you would like to get involved. 

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