The 15th RAI Film Festival will take place from Wednesday 29 March to Saturday 1 April 2017 at the Watershed Cinema in Bristol, United Kingdom. It is supported by The Center for Visual Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Dornsife College, University of Southern California.

The Festival will showcase a selection of films competing in five prize categories.
(RAI Film Prize; Basil Wright Prize; Student; Material Culture and Archaeology; Intangible Culture: Music-Dance-Performance).

Parallel events will include curated sidebars, workshops and master classes, with particular emphasis on student filmmaking. The work of Jean Rouch on the centenary of his birth will be celebrated.

Film submissions will open in July 2016 and close on 10 October 2016.

The RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film is held biennially with the first edition held in 1985. Host institutions in the past have included Leeds Met University, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Durham, University of Kent at Canterbury, Goldsmiths College, SOAS, University College London and University of Edinburgh. In 2015 the Festival was for the first time held at the Watershed Cinema in Bristol.

The film festival normally extends over four days and is organised jointly by the Film Committee of the RAI and a host institution. Some host institutions have organised a conference on a theme related to ethnographic film or visual anthropology more broadly, in association with the festival.

Filmmakers throughout the world are invited to submit films for screening during the festival and for the various prizes and awards administered by the RAI.

Further information and rules & conditions for film submission will soon be posted on the dedicated RAI Festival website or see the following downloads for our festival:

For any enquiries please contact: Caterina Sartori, Film Officer & Festival Manager, Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, United Kingdom; email; phone: +44 (0)20 7387 0455.

Please find below links to the websites or catalogues of past film festivals

14th RAI Film Festival, Watershed, Bristol, 2015

13th RAI Film Festival, University of Edinburgh, 2013

12th RAI Film Festival, University College London, 2011

11th RAI Film Festival, CTCC, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2009

10th RAI Film Festival, GCVA, The University of Manchester, 2007

7th RAI Film Festival, SOAS, University of London, 2000

5th RAI Film Festival, University of Kent, Canterbury, 1996

RAI244.1990.24 Jean Rouch, Herb di Gioia, David MacDougall and Colin Young at the 1990 Festival, with in the background, Janos Tari, then a student at the NFTS, copyright Knud Fischer-Moeller