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, the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  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 Program

View or download the Visible Evidence XXV schedule here.

Map & Parking

View or download the Visible Evidence XXV building and parking map here.

Conference Registration

Registration for Visible Evidence XXV is now open!

Please choose the appropriate registration category on the form based on your professional status:

  • Faculty/Staff: $275
  • Independent Filmmaker/Scholar: $130
  • Student: $130

You can also indicate if you would like a limited edition “Visible Evidence XXV” t-shirt for only $10 when you register. Be sure to get yours for the conference!

Conference Location

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


Air Travel to Bloomington, IN USA

Indianapolis International Airport

Most attendees of Visible Evidence XXV will elect to fly to the Indianapolis International Airport. Direct international flights maintain substantial connecting service from all major international hub airports within the United States.

Ground Transportation from Indianapolis Airport to Bloomington Campus and Return

Thousands of university students, researchers, educators, staff, conference attendees and dignitaries are transported easily, conveniently and safely between Indianapolis airport and the Bloomington campus through:

Shuttle Service: Go Express Travel

  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Moderately priced
  • Fixed schedule of departures (see website for airport and Bloomington departures)
  • Service 9 times daily between the airport and Bloomington campus
  • Advance reservations: Recommended
  • Reservations online
  • Phone: 800.589.6004
  • Rate: currently $20.00 one way
  • Airport pick-up location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside airport Baggage Claim

Limousine Service: Classic Touch Limousine

  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Door-to-door service
  • Airport and Bloomington pick-ups set to your flight schedule
  • Door-to-door service from airport to any location in Bloomington
  • Advance reservations: Required
  • Rates: Currently $79.35 ($158.70 roundtrip; includes driver tip) per person. When making your reservations, inform Classic Touch, that you are attending a conference at IU – Visible Evidence Conference. Request IU conference rate. Rate is for shared ride service; private car rate is not guaranteed
  • Reservations online
  • Phone: 800.319.0082 or 812.339.7269
  • Airport pick-up location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim
  • Note: The limousine driver will not have a sign identifying you by name. It is your responsibility to approach a Classic Touch Limousine and provide them with your name

Car Rentals

Driving to IU Bloomington

We suggest that you consult Google Maps for the best directions to Bloomington and return. Driving to and from the airport to campus is simple and direct. Driving time from the airport to campus is approximately 50 minutes.

Hotel Accommodations

Host Hotel

We have negotiated special rates for conference attendees at Hyatt Place Bloomington.

Hyatt Place Bloomington

Hyatt Place Bloomington is located in the heart of downtown, and it is a short 10-minute walk to campus. The hotel offers optional parking in its attached garage ($10/day), free breakfast, and a full evening bar. Rates are $159 per room, per night for single or double occupancy. All rooms subject to state and local taxes, currently 12%.

Contact information:

Hyatt Place Hotel
217 W. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: 812.339.5950

Be sure to book your room soon!





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.