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Updated for 2017, our new William T. Grant Scholars application guide is now available online. The Scholars Program is a career development award tailored to early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The online application will open on April 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST. All applications must be received by July 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST.
- Download the application guide: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2017/03/2017-Scholars-Program-Application-Guide.pdf
- Browse the Scholars webpage for our program priorities and funding criteria: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/william-t-grant-scholars-program
The Sixth Anthropological Film Festival at The Jerusalem Cinematheque is on its way (November 28–30, 2017) and we are now open for entries.
We welcome submissions of documentary films made by anthropologists, students, and professional filmmakers; we welcome films at least 45 minutes long all varieties and styles of filmmaking.
The Festival selects films that document and explore human societies and cultures in their many facets, such as, social and cultural diversity, continuity and change, and relationships with the environments, to name a few.
Send your submissions via online screener (secure Vimeo link) to Nurit Kedar at [email protected] by June 30. Submissions must have been produced in 2016–2017.
The festival is a joint project of the Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive and the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
CALL FOR FILM PROJECTS for AAA FILM PITCH WORKSHOP
Are you currently working on a film? Are you interested in getting feedback?
Are you interested in ethnographic film production but not yet ready to share a project in progress?
Due to the enormous success of the 2016 Pitch Session, we are once again convening a FILM PITCH Workshop at the 2017 AAAs. Please join us for the Second Annual Society for Visual Anthropology FILM PITCH workshop, December 1, 1-5 PM.
A PITCH SESSION FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMMAKERS: DEVELOPING YOUR STORY, INTEGRATING YOUR RESEARCH, FINDING FUNDING AND DISTRIBUTION
This workshop uses the pitch format of documentary film festivals in which filmmakers pitch their work-in-progress to a jury of funders, distributors and award winning filmmakers. For each film presented, the jury will provide feedback including strategies for visualizing anthropological content and suggestions for developing your narrative and structure. Other discussion topics include conceptualizing your audience, and opportunities and strategies for funding and distribution.
Pre- Selected filmmakers will give a 10 minute presentation of their project, that includes a description of the story, themes, research, visual style, plans for completion and a short video sample. Our workshop format is intended to encourage lively discussion between jurors, other workshop participants and the presenting filmmakers. Discussion will address both the effectiveness of the pitch and the substance of the film project. Jury and audience awards.
The goals of the workshop are:
- To model how to present a film project to potential collaborators, funders & distributors.
- To provide concrete strategies for turning research into visually compelling stories.
- To direct participants to funding and distribution opportunities.
Pitch jurors TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Two ways to participate in this workshop
PITCH YOUR PROJECT: Whether your project is in development, production, or in rough cut stage, this is an opportunity to get feedback on your work-in-progress from a jury with expertise in anthropological filmmaking, funding and distribution. Seven filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) will be selected to pitch projects. Those interested in presenting their film project should send a brief Pitch Proposal (see below) to Alice Apley ([email protected]) by October 15, 2017. The organizers will select a mix of experienced to first-time filmmakers.
NONPITCHING WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: As a workshop participant, you can observe the pitches, join the discussion about the projects in progress, learn from the pitches, get ideas, and plan for a future visual project.
If you are interested in pitching, send a one-page description of your project and a video sample. It should include:
- Short synopsis describing the significance of the project, brief discussion of the issues, themes and story you will explore, and the visual style of the film (e.g. observational, experimental documentary etc).
- Your bio, including your unique qualifications for completing this project successfully, such as knowledge, skills, access or history of involvement with the characters and/or subject matter.
- Please also include a short status report describing where you are in the research, development and/or production process, what work has been completed and a brief timeline.
- Production-related photo (optional).
Also send a trailer, teaser, or clips via a single streamable link of film footage or visuals (still or moving). (7 minutes maximum)
The contrasting dreams of two generations clash within the microcosm of an ancient Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, when Gyembo—an ordinary teen—is chosen as the next guardian of the family monastery.
In a remote village in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, sixteen-year-old Gyembo and his sister Tashi, age fifteen, aimlessly roam while their father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of their private monastery. This family has been taking care of the monastery from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Unlike their father, whose life revolves around the monastery, Gyembo and Tashi have other desires. Gyembo wants to become a soccer player, and he is the only confidante for Tashi, who identifies herself as transgender. Following tradition, their father wants Gyembo to carry on the family heritage. He believes that the only way for Gyembo to accumulate good karma is to leave school and dedicate his life to religion and become the next guardian.
Followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmakers Dorottya Zurbó and Arun Bhattarai, andCommunication and Program Manager for the Bhutan Foundation in Washington, DC, Tshering Yangzom.
This program is offered as part of the Mother Tongue Film Festival, an annual collaborative Smithsonian event initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History.
Directors: Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai
Runtime: 74 minutes
The National Museum of Natural History is committed to providing inclusive experiences for all audiences. Please contact 202-633-3611 or email [email protected] for access services. To view and print a map with accessible entrances, curb cuts, designated parking, and more for Smithsonian facilities on the National Mall, please download the Accessibility Map here.
If you would like to have a sign language interpreter or real-time captioning (CART), you should call (202) 633-3611 or send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please allow time to schedule the request by contacting the Accessibility Office at least 2 weeks prior to the program. We will do our best to accommodate last-minute requests.
Time: 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20013-7012