May 19-24, 2004

Following the great success of the first six Göttingen International Film Festivals, IWF - KNOWLEDGE AND MEDIA announces the seventh festival, due to take place in Göttingen in May, 2004. As before, it will be organized by IWF and take place on the IWF premises.

The general aim of the festival is

  • to promote documentary cinema in the context of intra- and intercultural communication and
  • to give credit to new films, videos or interactive media dealing with anthropology, sociology and cultural studies in a wide sense of the term.

The festival provides an opportunity for international co-operation in this field with special emphasis on bridging East and West, for an exchange of such media and for seeking ways for their broader use. Organised as a Central European event, media from that area will be accepted with particular interest. The festival is meant to be a chance for authors, owners and distributors, but also for users to exchange their views at the screenings and following discussions, as well as at additional specialised events which may be an integral part of the festival.

  • One of these events will be a Student Competition with a prize awarded to the best student film.

The festival is open to all filmmakers from Anthropology, Sociology, Folklore and neighbouring disciplines.

The programme 2002 reflected a wide spectrum of films from many regions of the world and representing a great variety of film styles. Göttingen with its central position in the heart of Europe was once more the focus of attention for filmmakers and other interested people from East and West.

The festival also puts emphasis on the support of STUDENT FILMS. The Student Competition will also be held in 2004, and the FIRST PRIZE for the best student film will be awarded. Films by filmmakers who were students at the time of the film's date of publication qualify for the competition. All submitted films for the Student Competition and the Main Festival will be reviewed by an International Selection Committee consisting of six outstanding visual anthropologists.