16th German International Ethnographic Film Festival

The German International Ethnographic Film Festival takes place from 25 to 29 May 2022

The festival promotes documentary cinema with a special emphasis on new films, videos and interactive media (published after 1.1.2019) dealing with socio-cultural processes in a wide sense of the term.

The festival is open to all filmmakers, but especially those with a background in anthropology, sociology, folklore, history etc. It provides a great opportunity for international exchange of ideas and co-operation in documentary filmmaking.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2021

The programme will be online in March.

Further information: info[at]gieff.de

The festival takes place at the Paulinerkirche in Göttingen.


The festival will take place from 25 to 29 May 2022

We are looking forward to our next festival in 2022.

We hope that the festival can take place again in the Paulinerkirche in Göttingen, Germany. But last year we learned a lot about the online facilities. Therefore we plan that some parts will be viewable online also. This way, people who are not able to come to Göttingen are able to take part anyway.

The festival is organised by GIEFF e.V. in cooperation with various institutions and organisations.

We thank all those who contribute to the success of the festival through their support.


Conference: Collaboration and Authorial Diversity in Film

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen) in cooperation with the Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, Göttingen University, and GIEFF e.V. organise a conference on "Collaboration and Authorial Diversity in Film".

The conference will take place 28 to 30 May 2022.

Further information you find here.


German International Ethnographic Film Festival 2020

In 2020 GIEFF had to go online. There was little time to organise it as everything was very new. We decided that everybody could see the films for free after having registered. We were able to stream the films and to organise roundtable discussions after each section. It was amazing how well it worked, bearing in mind that we were sitting in different places under lock down.

Our thanks go to the filmmakers who agreed without discussion that we could show their films online for two weeks. We also thank all the collaborators, moderators, interns and visitors who turned the festival into a successful event. We all hope that we can see each other at the next festival in Göttingen again in 2022.

More information on GIEFF 2020 can be found here.