The 29th International Festival of Ethnological Film will take place between 13th and 16th October 2020.

The selection of films is done by the Selector/Selection Committee.


The submissions that meet the following criteria will be considered eligible for inclusion in the Festival programmes:


·      The submitted film is a documentary film dealing with ethnology and anthropology;

·      The submitted film has been produced no longer than three years preceding the Festival. The Festival Board and the Selector/Selection Committee may decide to include films made prior to this date

·      The submitted film presents a scholarly and research contribution to the area of ethnology and anthropology, while at the same time offering distinct artistic quality in the author’s approach;

·      The submitted film has not applied to this Festival so far. The submission has to provide the evidence of its previous public screenings.

Other kinds of films that make a significant contribution to dealing with topics from the domains of ethnology and anthropology may be included in special programs.

No Festival participation fee is charged.

No compensation is paid for screening films within the Festival programmes.


Submission guidelines

The call for submission will be open from 12 March 2020 and only submissions received until May 31 2020 will be taken into consideration.


Filmmakers who wish to submit multiple films shall fill in a separate form and submit a separate copy and the accompanying documentation for each film.


Only submissions with complete documentation will be taken into consideration. The complete documentation includes:

1.      A copy of the film provided via a hyperlink (HD format; minimum resolution of 1280x720 or more, 16:9 picture format). Films can be sent via video hosting sites (such as vimeo or dailymotion) or shared via file hosting services (e.g. Google drive, OneDrive, iCloud) – it is important that links remain active until the conclusion of the Festival;

2.      A filled-in entry form (.doc format), downloadable from the Festival’s webpage;

3.      Synopsis of the film (between 70 and 120 words);

4.      Trailer for the film (obligatory);

5.      Two film stills (minimum resolution 300 dpi);

6.          A short biography and photograph of the author (no more than 200 characters);two film stills (minimum resolution 300 dpi);

7.          A complete credits list (the names of directors, producers, screenplay writers, directors of photography, editors, sound editors, music editors);


The film, as well as the accompanying documentation for the film should be sent via email as separate attachments to the address:

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During the event, the Festival shall provide accommodation (bed and breakfast) to one representative of the film selected for the Competition Programme.


By submitting the entry form, the copyright owner of the film agrees in writing that a copy of the film will remain in the Archive of the International Festival of Ethnological Film, i.e. the archive of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade. Both during and after the Festival, films will be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes. This applies also to promotion of the Festival in other educational and cultural institutions in Serbia.


The Festival organizer wishes to emphasize that the applicant is expected to have previously regulated all the rights pertaining to the production and screenings of the film.


The copyright owner of a film selected for the Festival shall allow its screening at the Festival free of charge.


The copyright owner of a film selected for the Festival shall allow use of up to three minutes of material from his/her film for the media promotion of the Festival.


The Selector/ Selection Committee along with the Jury of the Festival are entitled to enter the film into a different category than the one indicated in the submission form.


The filmmakers whose films were selected for the competition programme have to provide the dialogue lists from the movie.


A film cannot be withdrawn from the Festival after the Selection Committee has completed the selection process.


The official selection will be made public on the Festival’s web page by the end of August of the running year.


The programme of the International Festival of Ethnological Film includes competition and non-competition segments.


Competition programmes of the Festival

Competition Programme

Student Programme


Non-competition programmes

Informative Programme

Special programmes


The International Jury of the Festival makes decisions on the awards for competition programmes


Films in Competition programmes will be nominated for the following awards:

The Dragoslav Antonijević Grand Prix

The award for the best national film

The award for the best international film

The award for the best student film


The International Jury may also grant the following awards

The award for the contribution to intangible cultural heritage

The award for the best ethnographic record

The award for the best amateur film

The awards for cinematography

The award for editing

The award for sound

Press Award

Audience Award


With the prior consent of the Festival Board, other legal entities and individuals may grant their awards at the Festival.


If a prize is awarded to more than one laureate, the monetary part of the award shall be split evenly among them.


If the Jury considers that films running in a particular category fail to meet satisfactory quality criteria, the Festival is not obliged to award the prize, and the funds allocated for this awards shall be transferred to another category, according to the agreement of the Jury and the organizers of the Festival.


By signing the Festival entry form, the submitter agrees to be bound by all provisions of the Festival Regulation.