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
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
Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
S. Gunjace 3
21000 Split, Croatia
General contact info:
Phone: +385 (0)21 323 905
A.E.I. Festival: Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Film Festival
Date: 2022 dates TBA
Location: Lefkosia, Cyprus
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
AEI Organisation95, Kerynia Avenue, apt. 201 Aglanjia 2113 Nicosia-CYPRUS
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
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
207 Pelleport Street
Phone: 33 - 5 56 94 22 20
Fax: 33 - 5 56 94 27 87
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
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.
Contact:Amiens International Film Festival
JCA - Place Léon Gontier
80000 Amiens, France
Phone: +33 (0) 3 22 71 35 70
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
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
ARTEFACTA: International Archaeology Film and Art Festival, Dusseldorf
Date: May 19-21, 2022
Location: Dusseldorf, Germany
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 IrkensDusseldorfer Strasse 144 40545 Dusseldorf
AGON International Archaeological Film Festival
Date: May 10-16, 2022
Location: Athens, Greece
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
AGON Festival5 Anagnostopouloustr., Athens 106 73
Phone: ++0030 210 3312990
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
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
Contact: Archeologia VivaVia Camillo Cavour, 50/R, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
Phone: +39 055 5062302
Fax: + 39 055 5062929
Rovereto Doc Fest
Date: 28 September - 2 October 2022
Theme: Italy tells itself: cultural heritage in the cinema
Location: Rovereto, Italy. Also online.
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
Contact: Valentina BisoffiRassegna Internationale del Cinema Archeologicc/o Fondazione Museo Civico di RoveretoBorgo Santa Caterina 4138068 Rovereto Italy
Phone: (39.0464) 452829
Fax: (39.0464) 439487
The Archaeology Film Festival - National Museum Belgrade
Date: 2022 dates TBA
Theme: Archaeological Film
Location: National Museum in Belgrade, Serbia
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
Archaeological Film Festival of Castille and Leon
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
Protohistoric Zamora Association:Calle Villalpando, 7, portal 8, ground floor
Los Almendros Urbanization, 49005
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
Aizpea GoenagaFestival Internacional de Cine Arqueológico del Bidasoa
Museo Romano Oiasso
C/ Escuelas, 1
E-20302 Irun (Gipuzkoa)
Phone: ++ 34 943 63 93 53
International Film Festival of Archaeology Nyon
Date: March 2023 (specific dates TBA)
Theme: To present archaeology to the general public
Location: Nyon, Switzerland
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
Christophe GoumandMuseé Romain
Place du Château 5
CH - 1260 Nyon 1
Phone: ++ 41 (022) 3400 488
Fax: ++ 41 (022) 3638 359
The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival
Date: May 17-21, 2023
Theme: Cultural heritage worldwide and through time
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA.
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
Richard Pettigrew, Executive DirectorArchaeological Legacy Institute
4147 E. Amazon Drive
Eugene, Oregon 97405
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
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
Gambrell HallUniversity of South Carolina CampusPedestrian MallColumbia, SC 29201
Phone: (843) 298-1638