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Film Festivals Worldwide

Important note: Festival dates, locations, and times are subject to potential change due to covid-19 restrictions.

Festivals celebrating the genre of archaeological film are held regularly in a variety of countries.  These festivals provide a showcase for film and video makers and a venue for distributors and the public to examine their work.  We at Archaeological Legacy Institute are pleased to post festival information here for those who might like to attend a festival or submit film and video productions for screening.

International Archaeology Film Festival (MFAF)

Date: November 10-12, 2022

Theme: On archaeology, cultural heritage, monument protection, and anthropology films

Location: Split, Croatia

Description

The International documentary film festival about archaeology, cultural and historic heritage, monument protection and anthropology – MFAF was first held in 2010. This biennial festival was launched with the aim of presenting cultural heritage and archaeology topics within European and World heritage, and of raising awareness of the wider audience for our own cultural heritage. Not only does it promote topics and sites beyond our national borders, but a special emphasis is put on UNESCO sites in Croatia.

It is also a great opportunity for promoting Croatian documentary (archaeology) film production beyond national borders on the way towards European archaeology film festivals. The existence of such a festival and its ever increasing audience justify the need for filming archaeological research and study, and serve as an incentive for turning interesting discoveries into film productions.

Entry Deadline: May 1, 2022

Website: https://mfaf.hr/en/

Contact:

Lada Laura

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International Archaeology Film Festival
Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
S. Gunjace 3
21000 Split, Croatia

General contact info:

Phone: +385 (0)21 323 905

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A.E.I. Festival: Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Film Festival

Date: 2022 dates TBA

Location: Lefkosia, Cyprus

Description

The non profit organisation Α.Ε.Ι. AUDIOVISUAL FORUM (www.aei-audiovisualforum.org) organizes the 4th edition of the Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Film Festival (AEI Film Festival) that will take place from the 7th until the 11th of July 2021 at the Cyprus Bank Cultural Foundation building, situated in the heart of the capital city of Cyprus, Lefkosia. The AEI Film Festival aims to raise awareness about the importance of heritage conservation, promote inter-cultural understanding and encourage sustainable tourism by introducing the public to important examples of archaeological and cultural heritage from Cyprus and around the world through documentary films. The AEI Film Festival focuses on community, inclusivity and (of course) good times.    

Entry Deadline: TBA

Late Deadline: TBA

Website: https://aei-filmfestival.org/

Contact:

AEI Organisation

95, Kerynia Avenue, apt. 201 Aglanjia 2113 Nicosia-CYPRUS

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Phone: +357 22337433/ Fax: +35722339286

ICRONOS: 8th International Festival of Archaeological Film, Bordeaux

Date: October 2022 (specific dates TBA)

Theme: Make the public sensitive to archaeology and to promote archaeology films

Location: Bordeaux, France

Description

Every two years since 1988, the International Archeology Film Festival of Bordeaux- ICRONOS has presented a recent selection of the best films focusing on the study of material vestiges of the past. In late October, the Athénée Municipal de Bordeaux hosts the screening of about thirty documentary films selected by a committee made up of professionals.

At the end of the festival, an international jury nominate the winners of the different awards, including the "Festival Grand Prix" and the "Special Jury Award". The audience is also solicited and rewards their favorite movie with the "Audience Award". The scientific community and the local authorities of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine accompany and support this event that is an interface between the archaeological community and the general public. The festival is also a crossroads of meetings between the various actors of the world of the archaeological film.

In 17 editions, more than 50,000 spectators have had free access to a varied and high-quality program.

Entries Open: December 2021

Entry deadline: April 30, 2022

Website: http://www.icronos.net/

Contact:

Adrien Berthou

Icronos-AFIFA
207 Pelleport Street
33800, Bordeaux,
France

Phone: 33 - 5 56 94 22 20

Fax: 33 - 5 56 94 27 87

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Amiens Festival of Archaeological Film

Date: November 11-19, 2022

Theme: Anniversary edition aiming not to provide a sense of nostalgia, but instead to pay tribute to the work done and the film makers involved.

Location: Amiens, France

Description

Amiens presents the Archaeology Film Festival every two years. In 1990 the Festival took place for the first time. Amiens, with its large number of cinemas, offers this important manifestation a huge possibility to sensitize a large audience to archaeological research. There are also lectures and animated discussions with exceptional personalities of the scientific world. The Festival takes place at different theaters to facilitate the attendance to schools and cultural institutions of the region.

Entry deadline:

Website: http://www.fifam.fr/

Contact:

Amiens International Film Festival
JCA - Place Léon Gontier
80000 Amiens, France

Phone: +33 (0) 3 22 71 35 70

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Archaeological Meetings of Narbonne

Date: November 2-6, 2022

Theme: The aim of the Meetings is to promote and enhance archaeology through audiovisual works in order to heighten public awareness of these issues.

Location: Narbonne, France

Description

This is an archaeological film competition and exhibition. It takes place in the Multimedia Public library (Médiathèque) of Le Grand Narbonne and in the Narbonne Theater Cinema and in the Cine-Club of the MJC of Narbonne. The festival program will be broadcast by the end of September 2021 at the latest. We can already tell you that the RAN2021 will give pride of place to the themes of food, medicine, video games, and Mediterranean relations through exhibitions, film screenings, conferences, meetings, a book and comic book fair, professional meetings and numerous school actions.

Entry Deadline: May 31, 2022

Website: http://www.rencontres-archeologie.com

Contact:

http://www.rencontres-archeologie.com/contact

Phone: 06.65.61.38.09

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ARTEFACTA: International Archaeology Film and Art Festival, Dusseldorf

Date: May 19-21, 2022

Location: Dusseldorf, Germany

Description:

ARTEFACTA, formerly CINARCHEA, focuses on audio-visual representations of archaeology, cultural history and art. It is the oldest and largest German archaeological film festival. The Festival is a competition with a diversity of cinematic formats, including documentary, animation and feature films.

Entry Deadline: Already passed

Website: http://www.cinarchea.com http://www.artefacta-festival.de/

Contact: Benjamin Irkens

Dusseldorfer Strasse 144
40545 Dusseldorf

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AGON International Archaeological Film Festival

Date: May 10-16, 2022

Location: Athens, Greece

Theme:

The theme of the 11th AGON- International archaeological Film Festival is Archaeology in the broadest sense - the recording of a wold that is lost today that becomes the archaeology of tomorrow. Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Industrial Archaeology, Folk Arts and Traditions, and Cultural Heritage in general, as a connecting link of the Ecumenical community.

Entry Deadline: December 20, 2021

Website: www.agonfestival.com

Contact:

AGON Festival

5 Anagnostopouloustr., Athens 106 73

Phone: ++0030 210 3312990

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Firenze Archeofilm: International Film Festival of Archaeology and Environmental Art

Date: March 2-6, 2022

Theme: Documentary film on archaeological, historical, ethnographic, artistic, and environmental themes.

Location: Florence, Italy

Description:

The third edition of the Firenze Archeofilm – Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Archeologia Arte Ambiente, is organized by Archeologia Viva – Giunti Editore S.p.A.

Entry deadline: December 15, 2021

Website: http://www.firenzearcheofilm.it/en/home-en/

Contact: Archeologia Viva

Via Camillo Cavour, 50/R, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

Phone: +39 055 5062302

Fax: + 39 055 5062929

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Rovereto Doc Fest

Date: 28 September - 2 October 2022

Theme: Italy tells itself: cultural heritage in the cinema

Location: Rovereto, Italy. Also online.

Description:

In the Festival are shown works of every nationality and it is open to producers, film directors and cinema and television authors who have made films in the sector of archaeological, historical, paleoethnology and anthropological research with the aim of preserving and enhancing cultural features and the world cultural heritage, material and immaterial (cultural sites and also natural sites when closely related to peoples and cultures). Documentaries, full-length, middle-length and short films and animated films of any length.

Entry deadline: May 15, 2022

Website: https://www.rassegnacinemaarcheologico.it/rica_home.jsp

Contact: Valentina Bisoffi

Rassegna Internationale del Cinema Archeologic
c/o Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto
Borgo Santa Caterina 41
38068 Rovereto Italy

Phone: (39.0464) 452829

Fax: (39.0464) 439487

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The Archaeology Film Festival - National Museum Belgrade

Date: 2022 dates TBA

Theme: Archaeological Film

Location: National Museum in Belgrade, Serbia

Description:

The National Museum has been hosting the Archaeology Film Festival since 1998. At the time the Festival was organized in cooperation with Rovereto Festival organizers, Аrcheologia Viva magazine, and the Italian Institute of Culture in Belgrade. It was the first time that such an event took place in Serbia. The non-competitive festival has been conceptualized as a presentation of the most recent documentaries. Belgrade is among very few European cities whose public has the opportunity to see the latest films in the field of archaeology and other related scientific disciplines. Apart from an attractive approach to cultural heritage, all the films shown take pride in high scientific quality. Therefore, not only experts but everyone interested in ancient civilizations are able to find out more about significant and valuable world monuments. Besides news and coverage, educational films depicting important findings and remarkable past accomplishments which belong to various periods of civilization are also shown. The audience is able to discover new facts regarding archaeological research in Serbia and abroad in an amusing and thought-provoking way.

Entry Deadline: TBA

Website: http://www.narodnimuzej.rs/manifestations/the-archaeology-film-festival/?lang=en

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Archaeological Film Festival of Castille and Leon

Date: TBA

Theme: Archaeology and Heritage short film and documentary competition.

Location: Zamora, Spain

Description: Archaeological Film Festival of Castilla y León is one of the great projects of Protohistoric Zamora. It seeks to bring together the largest possible number of archaeological-themed short films and documentaries produced annually both nationally and internationally. In this way, another means of dissemination is sought for the public, who will be able to learn about different projects and perspectives of the rich world of archeology, in the different processes that carry it out.

This festival features short films (30 minutes or less) in any film genre within the theme. More information can be found at their website below...

Entry deadline: TBA

Website: https://ficacyl.com/festival-en

Contact:

Protohistoric Zamora Association:

Calle Villalpando, 7, portal 8, ground floor
Los Almendros Urbanization, 49005
Zamora, Spain
Oscar Rodriguez-Monterrubio

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International Archaeological Film Festival of Bidasoa

Date: between November 14 and 19

Theme: To present archaeology to the general public, through the diffusion of audio-visual material resulting from the work made by archaeologists, assuring the promotion and the spreading of these films.

Location: Irun, Spain

Description: The aim of the Festival is to present archaeology to the general public, through the diffusion of audio-visual material resulting from the work made by archaeologists, assuring the promotion and the spreading of these films.

Entry deadline: June 30

Website: http://www.ficab.org

Contact:

Aizpea Goenaga

Festival Internacional de Cine Arqueológico del Bidasoa
Museo Romano Oiasso
C/ Escuelas, 1
E-20302 Irun (Gipuzkoa)
Spain

Phone: ++ 34 943 63 93 53
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International Film Festival of Archaeology Nyon

Date: March 2023 (specific dates TBA)

Theme: To present archaeology to the general public

Location: Nyon, Switzerland

Description

The biennial International Festival of Archeology Films in Nyon has been organized since 1999 by the Roman Museum. It is the first Swiss festival of its kind dedicated to celebrating the people and films of archaeology, and aims to offer the public an opportunity to discover new insights and visions into this dynamic field of science. This year the festival will be held online.

Entry deadline: TBA

Website: http://www.mrn.ch/en/festival/

Contact:

Christophe Goumand

Museé Romain
Place du Château 5
CH - 1260 Nyon 1
Switzerland

Phone: ++ 41 (022) 3400 488

Fax: ++ 41 (022) 3638 359

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The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival

Date: May 17-21, 2023

Theme: Cultural heritage worldwide and through time

Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Description

Begun in 2003, this is the only juried film competition in this genre in the Western Hemisphere.  We organized it to exhibit for our audience the wonderful diversity of human cultures past and present in the exploration of our place in history and in our world.  Through this Festival we wish to promote the genre and the makers of film and video productions about archaeology and indigenous peoples.

Entry deadline: October 15, 2022

Website: https://archaeologychannel.org/festival

Contact:

Richard Pettigrew, Executive Director

Archaeological Legacy Institute
4147 E. Amazon Drive
Eugene, Oregon 97405
USA

Phone: +01-541-345-5538

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Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival

Date: October 10-16, 2022 (virtual festival)

Theme: Education about history and culture

Location: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Description

Beginning in 2013, Arkhaios has hosted its annual film festival with the intent to showcase the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research. It also hopes to provide desperately needed exposure to up-and-coming film makers and actors for this genre. Finally, the Festival hopes to encourage artists to use their talents to show the state’s history.

Entry Opening Date: February 15

Entry Deadline: June 15

Website: http://www.arkhaiosfilmfestival.org

Contact:

Gambrell Hall

University of South Carolina Campus
Pedestrian Mall
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: (843) 298-1638

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