August 8, 2018—August 11, 2018

Visible Evidence XXV

Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Visible Evidence, the international conference on documentary film and media, will convene for its 25th year at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana August 8-11, 2018.  VE XXV is hosted by Indiana University’s Center for Documentary Research and Practice in collaboration with IU Cinema, the Media School, IU Bicentennial, Cinema and Media Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kinsey Institute, the Black Film Center/Archive, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive.  VE XXV will feature the history, theory, and practice of documentary and nonfiction cinema, television, video, audio recording, digital media, photography, and performance, in a wide range of panels, workshops, plenary sessions, screenings, and special events.

Call for Proposals

As in previous editions of the conference, proposed panels and presentations may address any aspect of documentary and nonfiction film, media, and performance, or any theoretical or historical approach to documentary.

Panel, Workshop, Paper, and Screening Guidelines—

Each panel, workshop, and screening session will be allotted one hour and forty-five minutes.

Panels will consist of four papers of no more than 20 minutes each. Or, panels may have three papers and one ten-minute response by a chosen respondent.  Panel chairs will ensure that at least twenty minutes is available for questions and discussion following paper presentations.

  • Panel proposals require a 300-word (max) description of the panel itself; 5 keywords that identify the panel’s focus; 200-word (max) descriptions of each individual paper; 5 bibliographic entries for each paper; and brief biographies of each participant. The chair of the panel should collect all of the material and submit the panel proposal here.

Workshops will consist of between five and six opening statements, in which workshop leaders can present up to forty minutes collectively of prepared or informal material. However, the emphasis of workshops is on the open and unstructured exchange of ideas and techniques between all workshop participants, and topics suited to this format will be given priority.

  • Workshop proposals require a 300-word (max) description of the workshop itself; 5 keywords that identify the workshop’s focus; 50-word (max) descriptions of each individual statement; and brief biographies of each participant. The chair of the workshop should collect all of the material and submit the workshop proposal here.

Individual paper proposals may be submitted to the open call.

  • Individual paper proposals require a 300-word (max) description of the paper itself; 5 keywords that identify the paper’s focus; 5 bibliographic entries for the paper; and a brief biography of the participant. Submit an individual paper proposal here.

Participants may present in a workshop or on a panel, but not both. But, participants can present in a panel or workshop and serve as a respondent.

VE XXV also welcomes screening proposals for filmmakers to screen their work in a session devoted entirely to a single film or a series of short films by the attending filmmaker. (Screening sessions are not about curating someone else’s work).  If time permits, the filmmaker will introduce the work and take questions after the screening.

  • Screening proposals require a 300-word (max) description of the work or works; a screener of the film(s) with total running time; and a brief biography of the filmmaker. Submit screening proposals hereVE XXV IS WORKING TO MAKE TRAVEL FUNDS AVAILABLE TO FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR SCREENING PROPOSALS ACCEPTED.

Deadlines—All proposals are due by November 30th, 2017. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 15th, 2018.

Questions?  Email conference coordinator Joshua Malitsky, Cinema and Media Studies/The Media School, Indiana University (; subject line: ”VE XXV question.”

Conference Location

It will take place on the beautiful IU campus in Bloomington, Indiana.

Banner Images

Banner images: (1) An image from an early stag film, provided by the Kinsey Institute. (2) A still from Grass Roots (1952) in which the Cleveland Republican Party tries to win elections by getting African Americans to register to vote, provided by the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. (3) An image from Santiago Álvarez’s Now! (1965), which combines found footage of revolution and resistance in the context of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, provided by the Black Film Center/Archive.