The German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary!

Launched in 1993 as „Goettingen International Ethnographic Film Festival“ and having run successfully until 2016, its 14th edition will take place from May 9-13, 2018 at the Florinsmarkt in Koblenz, under the patronage of PD Dr. Margit Theis-Scholz, Deputy Mayor of Koblenz in charge of Culture.

Current debates about globalisation, diversity and the so-called “Leitkultur” show that norms and values as well as notions of tradition and innovation cannot be considered just on an abstract level – the development of one’s own standpoint needs encounter and appearance as well as empathy and discussion. In this context documentary film can make an important contribution, if it takes serious the claim to deliver authentic portraits of reality, thus making strange worlds suddenly familiar.

Join us for five exciting days, during which 53 documentaries from 33 countries will be screened, with topics ranging from crises, migration and exile to old age and human-animal-relationships. In addition, two interactive websites will be presented by members of the production team on Thursday and Friday noontime.  Exchange is a top priority at the festival – between people from different origin, between directors and their audience, as well as between established filmmakers and newcomers. For the young filmmakers there is also the special “Student Award”, which will presented on Saturday evening.

An inspiring new feature to look forward to is the “Filmmaker’s Choice” on Friday morning, which is organized in cooperation with the German Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology (DGSKA). We are honoured that David MacDougall, eminent ethnographic filmmaker and prolific writer in the field of Visual Anthropology, will put his work in perspective by talking about and showing excerpts from films that have been important to him or have influenced his filmmaking.