Sjón is an annual festival for anthropological audio-visual works. It takes the shape of an anthropological playground consisting of two parts:
1) the screening of works related to the theme and made by filmmakers with a formal background in Anthropology, Ethnology, Folklore etc (of any length and at any level), and
2) the accompanying workshops providing an interactive, participatory space for experimentation with form and concepts.

Our first event was in February 2017. The open call theme was FILMINUTES, and we screened 31 films from around the world. Before the screening there was a talk about visual and sensory approaches to doing fieldwork, while after the screening there was a movement workshop.

For our second edition, we are expanding the scope of the festival! The theme is FOODWAYS. We welcome any anthropological audio-visual work that engages with this concept (production, transportation, consumption, perception, etc) and that encourages audiences to challenge their relationship to & understanding of how food impacts their lives.

Besides the screenings, there will be talks, workshops, experiences, installations, performance … and of course, food!

All Anthropologists and​ Ethnologists are invited to submit their audio-visual work to Sjón. The event is organised by an international collective of visual anthropologists based in Copenhagen and wishes to act as a free, safe, and nurturing space for any practitioners in the field.

☉ Submissions
In order to fulfill our mission of bringing anthropological filmmaking to the general public, we only consider submissions from those who are currently enrolled in an anthropology / ethnology / folklore course or degree program, have a degree in anthropology / ethnology / folklore, and/or have an appointment in an anthropology / ethnology / folklore department. You may submit more than one film or works in progress. Works that have already been screened elsewhere are welcome.
Relevance to the given anthropological themes will be taken into account when choosing the films.

☉ Length
Submitted work must be max. 60 minutes long, but exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

☉ Subtitles
Films can be submitted in any languages, but they MUST have English subtitles (burned into the video-file or as an .srt file created in Subtitle Workshop or other subtitling software). If sending a separate .srt file, we will require it at least 1 week before the screening date.

☉ Submissions format
We do not accept physical submissions, only secure online submissions in high definition. Not only is this a more environmentally friendly method, but it also allows your film to be reviewed by the panel as quickly as possible. We only accept films released after 2012. Films must be submitted in either of the following formats: .mp[e]g / .avi / .vob / .mov / .mp4 / .m4v, as 1080p or the highest quality possible.

☉ Disclaimer and rights
Submission of any entry allows Sjón to have excerpts of accepted work shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.
The festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors. No offensive material and no unauthorised use of copyrighted material.
Filmmakers retain 100% of their rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Sjón.

Overall Rating
  • A small and warm festival, but growing, with excellent quality and a though provoking themed approach. Thanks Sjon

    March 2018
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    Vijay S. Jodha

    This is a wonderful festival with a selection that is truly global.

    March 2018