The Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival is a biennial event dedicated to the celebration of the best in ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological filmmaking from around the globe.
RAI-FF has served as a leading forum for exploring the multiple relationships between documentary filmmaking, anthropology, visual culture, and the advocacy of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue through film. Since 2015 the RAI-FF takes place at the Watershed Cinema, Bristol.
The programme is structured around three strands over four days, with the main strand consisting of films shortlisted for five main prizes: RAI Film Prize; Basil Wright Prize; Wiley Blackwell Student Prize; Material Culture and Archaeology Prize; Intangible Culture: Music-Dance-Performance Prize. Find out more about the individual prizes and awards here. Two other strands offer a diverse range of parallel events, including further screenings on themes of current interest, specialised workshops and master classes, while in 2017, there will be a particular emphasis on student filmmaking. For more detail about the programme see here.
It is organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute in partnership with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California Dornsife. The 2017 edition was organised with anthropology and/or film departments of the University of Bristol, University College London, University of Exeter, University of Falmouth, Goldsmiths (University of London), University of Kent, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, University of Sussex, University of the West of England and the University of Westminster.