17th German International Ethnographic Film Festival

The German International Ethnographic Film Festival takes place from 8 to 12 May 2024

The festival promotes documentary cinema with a special emphasis on new films, videos and interactive media (published after 1.1.2023) dealing with socio-cultural processes in a wide sense of the term.

The festival is open to all filmmakers, but especially those with a background in anthropology, sociology, folklore, history etc. It provides a great opportunity for international exchange of ideas and co-operation in documentary filmmaking.

The programme is online

Further information: info[at]gieff.de

The festival takes place at the Paulinerkirche in Göttingen.


The student film competition is one of the central events of the festival.
It starts on Wednesday at 13.30 am.

The main festival starts Thursday afternoon at 2 pm.

Presentation of Student's Film Awards:
Saturday at 20:00 pm

  • GIEFF Award for the best ethnographic student film
  • Manfred Krüger Award for the best camera work

Special topics of the festival are: 

»Living on the margins of society «, » Coping with personal destiny  «, » Beyond the matter «, » Gender issues  «, » Struggling with the environmental crisis  «, » Dealing with political obstacles  «, » Decolonisation  «, » Dealing with memories in film  « and »The use of re-enactment in film and working with virtual reality «


Entrance Fees (20 % discount for early bird festival registration (including the payment) till: 15th April 2024

  • Whole festival (incl. online viewing): Euro 120,- (96.-) / Students Euro 60,- (48,-)
  • Only online viewing: Euro 60,- (48.-) / Students Euro 50,- (40,-)
  • Single day ticket: Euro 40,- (32,-) / Students Euro 26,- (20,80)
  • Single Screening: (1-2 films) Euro 8,-/ Students Euro 6,-

See also our special offer for student groups: excursions

German International Ethnographic Film Festival 2022

Fortunately, we were able to hold the festival again in the Paulinerkirche in Göttingen. Most of the films could also be made available online. The discussions were mostly held hybrid and were posted online simultaneously.

Our thanks go to the filmmakers, moderatiors, the GIEFF team as well as the visitors.  They turned the festival into a successful event.

We are looking forward to see each other at the next festival in Göttingen in 2024 again.

More information on GIEFF 2022 can be found here.