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, and celebrations etc. We seek submissions, that tell a story or stories within a film. We are especially interested in films that explore the filmmakers perspective as well as the way people feel about celebrations/festivals - their dedication to festivals, the way that festivals 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 spaces evoke different emotions, sensations and qualities - the way that performances change or adapt to atmospheres.


Our call welcomes postgraduate students, scholars, (including professionals and enthusiasts that 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 filmmakers working with smartphones to capture stories.



Films produced within the last four years, as of 2016. We accept films/filmmakers from around the world.


Deadline: June 30th 2021

Confirmation: by July 2021

FestUp Film Festival UK: TBA


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.