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

For our third edition, the theme will be SONANCE. The quality or state of being sonant, a sound. The term encompasses all the different ways humans perceive and interact with their soundscapes and sound waves. Human-made or otherwise.

We welcome any anthropological audiovisual work that engages with this concept: Sonic & sensory experiences. Human- or nonhuman-made soundscapes. Silence. Ethnomusicology. Synaesthesia. Biophonies. Etc. We’re especially looking for films that encourage audiences to challenge their relationship to & understanding of how SONANCE impacts their lives.

Besides the screenings, there will be talks, workshops, installations, performances, so make sure to come along!

All anthropologists/social scientists are invited to submit their audiovisual work to Sjón. The event is organised and curated by an international non-profit collective of visual anthropologists based in Copenhagen. We strive to provide a welcoming, safe, and nurturing space for any practitioners in the field, and our events are always free to attend and open to the public.

Sjón is a Non-Competitive Festival.

Although we are not able to cover any expenses, we invite all selected filmmakers to attend the event (March 8th - 10th 2019, Copenhagen) and participate in Q&As and networking events with the audience.

➤ Films that are neither ethnographic, non-fiction, nor related to this year's theme will not be considered.

☉ Submissions
In order to fulfil 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 theme SONANCE 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 language, 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 judging panel as quickly as possible. We only accept films released after 2010. 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
  • Luciano Giardino

    Nice film festival.
    I like that

    January 2019
  • A small and warm festival, but growing, with excellent quality and a though provoking themed approach. Thanks Sjon

    March 2018
  • This is a wonderful festival with a selection that is truly global.

    March 2018