A Film Festival Organized by Students for Students

Regard Bleu is an ethnographic film festival held biennially (on even years) at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich. Over the years, the festival has grown into an interdisciplinary platform for ethnographic and socially relevant films from a broad range of fields and institutions. The festival not only showcases films, but also aims to further a critical engagement with audio-visual methods. Discussions about current trends in anthropological filmmaking and beyond are a central part of the programme.

Since its first edition in 2001, Regard Bleu has always been dedicated to student productions. Since 2016 the festival has been conceptualized and run by students at the ISEK (Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies) in collaboration with the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich.

We are proud to announce this year’s 15th edition of the Regard Bleu Ethnographic Film Festival! The festival showcases ethnographic student films and media and is dedicated to fresh and aspiring audio-visual projects from the social sciences as well as from arts and film schools. We welcome a broad variety of films and media. Over previous editions, the festival has grown into an inspiring event promoting exchange across disciplines and genres on the current trends in ethnographic filmmaking. Regard Bleu offers a platform for the discussion about students’ works with other students, professionals, and the public. Therefore, we particularly encourage young filmmakers and ethnographic researchers to submit their debut feature!

This year we focus on the topic of People and Things. Since ever the human being is surrounded by different kind of objects. Most of these are fruits of human creation. These objects serve different propose and carry valuable and intriguing knowledge. In this year's edition, we like to explore more the things surrounding us and look closer to the stories, secrets, and struggles they carry in them.

We invite students to submit their works dealing with the topic People and Things and covering aspects of contemporary cultures and societies from any geographical region.

Please note that we are an ethnographic student film festival. As such we aim for productions moving in the realm of the ethnographic film, such as documentary, art production engaging with cultural and social topics, works from the field of anthropology, and other social sciences.

Submission and regulations: Please read the regulations carefully. We are looking forward to seeing your work!

We invite students of visual anthropology, ethnographic or documentary films to submit their works covering aspects of contemporary cultures and societies from any geographical region. Regard Bleu offers a platform for discussion about students’ works with other students, professionals, and the public. Therefore, we particularly encourage young filmmakers and ethnographic researchers to submit their debut feature!

Projects will be accepted in any language; however, we kindly ask contributors to provide subtitles in English. Films must not be older than 4 years. Filmmakers/producers are allowed to submit one project only.

Terms of Participation – Regard Bleu Film Festival #15, 2022

By submitting your film, you agree to the following terms:

1. You confirm that you possess the copyright of the submitted film and media material. You authorize the organizers of the 'Regard Bleu #15, 2022' festival to use the audio-visual media royalty-free and fully or partially for non-commercial presentation within the framework of the festival and for promotion purposes. In particular, you grant the festival organizers the right to use streaming technologies during the entire duration of the 'Regard Bleu #15, 2022' festival, to make the submitted film and media material accessible to the public. The public may access the submitted film and media material at a place and time individually chosen by themselves.

2. By submitting you confirm that you have produced the film and media within your studies, according to the information provided (see point 3).

3. You must provide the following information and material about your film and yourself, if you have not already done so:
- an abstract/synopsis of the film/media (max 500 characters)
- and the following information:
o Filmmaker (crew information)
o Year of production
o Film length (in minutes)
o Country of production
o Country of fieldwork
o Language and subtitles
o Context of production (choose from):
• Term paper
• BA thesis
• MA thesis
• Independent project
• Other (please specify)

4. By submitting you confirm that the submitted film is not older than 4 years.

5. The list of the films and media to be shown at the 'Regard Bleu #15, 2022' festival will be communicated via e-mail or Film Freeway in August 2022. We then may ask you for additional information and/or material.

5. We very much welcome the personal presence of the film and media makers at the festival. If your film is selected for the programme those involved in the production are entitled to attend the festival for free. Further expenses for travel and accommodation must be paid by the film and media makers.

6. By submitting your work, you hereby acknowledge that a copy of the film and media material will become part of the film and media collection of the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich ('Sammlung Bewegte Bilder') and will be made available for use in education and research at the University of Zurich.

7. If you wish your material to be returned you are asked to state this explicitly and provide payment for return postage.

8. The organizers of the 'Regard Bleu #15, 2022' festival will handle your material with the utmost care. However, we take no responsibility for any loss or damage of your material.

9. The present Terms of Participation are subject to Swiss law, to the exclusion of any conflict of laws. The sole place of jurisdiction is the city of Zurich, Switzerland.

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  • Pola Rader

    Although, I could not attend, the festival team was very communicative and it looked like a lovely time! I hope I can visit the festival in the future!

    November 2020
  • Thank you for screening In the Devil's Garden :)

    November 2020
  • We are extremely happy to have participated with our short film 'LAND/SCAPE' at the 2020 edition. The organizers have done an amazing job, considering this year's restrictions and problems. The communication was excellent and highly professional. Overall, Regard Bleu is a fantastic festival and the organizers are doing a great job in spreading ethnographic visual culture.

    October 2020
  • Claudia F. Quigua

    I was fortunate enough to have my film selected for this festival, and although with the current restrictions I couldn't attend physically, I felt I got the best experience possible!

    Thank you so much for having my film and the fully responsive communication with the organizers.

    October 2020
  • Krasimira Ivanova

    It is really a unique festival

    October 2020