NAFA Film Festival 2017

The NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival, having taken place since 1979, is the oldest of its kind in Europe, with the Margaret Mead Festival in New York being the only older such festival in the world. NAFA was one of the founding member festivals of CAFFE (Coordinating Anthropological Film Festivals in Europe, Unlike most festivals, NAFA is organised in a different location every year.

Until 2001 this was always in a Nordic country but can now be held anywhere in the world, although so far only in Europe, the decision being taken by the annual meeting of NAFA based on ‘bids’ from local organisers.

However, the festival always consists of general screenings of ethnographic films and documentary films found anthropologically relevant in one way or the other by the selection committee. As is the case in 2017, with the symposium on ‘The Visual Anthropology of Food’, the festival is often held in conjunction with other research activities and events, and the general screenings supplemented by more thematic specialized screenings.


International Film Selection Committee, 2017:

  • Balz Andrea Alter
    PhD student of anthropology and film-maker, University of Basel and University of Aarhus, Switzerland/Denmark
  • Peter I. Crawford,
    Chairman, Anthropologist, film-maker and publisher, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark, Co-organiser (with Ditte Marie Seeberg) of overall event.
  • Alyssa Grossman
    Anthropologist and film-maker, Department of Fine Art, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Rossella Ragazzi
    Anthropologist and film-maker, Tromsø University Museum, Norway.
  • Rolf E. Scott
    Anthropologist and film-maker, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Orsolya Veraart
    Anthropologist and film-maker, Tromsø, Norway.


Film submission

The deadline for film submissions is 3 March 2017. The NAFA online submission form is available here (or at

Please note that if you submit your film online or for download you must ensure that the selection committee has access until the selection is completed end of June 2017. We prefer submissions using password-protected Vimeo links.

Please also note that films previously submitted to NAFA will not be eligible for selection. This, however, is our only strict rule, and unlike many other festivals we have no restrictions when it comes to year of release.

If not submitting an online version, please send by mail 1 copy (or 2 copies) of the film on DVD to:

c/o Peter I. Crawford
Intervention Press,
P.O. Box 5020,
DK-8100 Aarhus, Denmark


If sending by courier service please send to:

c/o Peter I. Crawford,
The Ethnographic Collections,
Moesgaard Museum,
Moesgaard Allé 20,
DK-8270 Hoejbjerg, Denmark 
Phone Peter I. Crawford: +45 8716 2994 or +45 2160 1655