RAI Film Festival

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.

The 16th edition of the RAI Film Festival will take place on 27-30 March 2019 at the Watershed Cinema, Bristol (UK).

Browse the film programme here.

Festival passes are available to purchase here.

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.

The programme is structured around three strands over four days, with the main strand consisting of films shortlisted for seven prizes and four awards: RAI Film Prize; RAI Short Film Prize; Basil Wright Prize; Wiley Blackwell Student Prize; Material Culture and Archaeology Prize; Intangible Culture: Music-Dance-Performance Prize and Audience Prize. The Lifetime Achievement Award, President’s Award, Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography and the Ethnomusicology Film Award.  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.

It is organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute in partnership with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California Dornsife. 

2019 Festival Organisation:

Festival Director: Dr Stephen Hughes, SOAS, University of London
Festival Managers /RAI Film Officers: Caterina Sartori and David Edgar
Film Festival Assistant: Andrei Nacu

RAI Film Festival Committee: Judith Aston, Marcus Banks, Teri Brewer, Hugh Brody, JP Davidson, Hugh Hartford, Resi Hofer, Felicia Hughes-Freeland, Barbara Knorpp, Dolores Martinez, Ed Owles, Angela Piccini, Howard Reid, Tom Sheahan, James Woodburn.

Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 5BT, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7387 0455

For all inquiries please contact the Film Officer: film@therai.org.uk