Documentary Events

Aided by a global network of documentary-philes, this page calls attention to a range of global “documentary events,” aiming to cover and curate documentary film culture-related news from around the world on a monthly basis. We are interested in events that speak to the breadth of the documentary landscape. These can include but are not limited to timely retrospectives, emergent film festivals or archival projects, gallery installations, different kinds of museum or art shows, participatory and/or virtual reality projects, and experiments with new forms of storytelling/capturing reality. We do not aim to be exhaustive, but rather to be selective and to call attention to interesting events around the world (no matter how small or fringe), both building and expanding the Visible Evidence community in the process.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please write to Selmin Kara (Curator, Visible Evidence “documentary events” page) and Joshua Malitsky.

 

Current Events

Seminar: Ethics and Empathy

October 23, 2019–October 24, 2019

The Lincoln School of Film and Media (Lincoln, UK) is mounting an interdisciplinary seminar to discuss the ethical implications of the current claims around the suggested impacts on audiences’ empathetic reception of new media platforms. It is our intention to approach the current debate from a wide variety of angles. We’ll contextualise the example of immersive media by asking what do we already know of the empathic reaction to legacy visual media communications – film, broadcasting, photography – on, for example, migration, targeted social action, political satire and so on? We will be discussing the specific affordances that give rise to current claims around empathy and the ethical challenges those affordances occasion — and more generally, how the established agenda of concerns about media ethics might respond, if at all, to the emergence of immersive media.

We would very much welcome contributions to our deliberations. If you are interested in joining us, please be in touch with either:

Prof Brian Winston bwinston@lincoln.ac.uk
Dr Carolina Bandenelli cbandenelli@lincoln.ac.uk


Recent Events

NDESH #1 + CASA GIAP NOMADE

July 07, 2019–July 11, 2019

NDESH #1 + CASA GIAP NOMADE will take place in Vuno, Albania. NDESH – meaning ‘confrontation’ in Albanian language – is a proposition for the formulation of an open and inclusive school of radical discourse in Albania. Through the encounter with other radical cultures, NDESH aims at fostering the formulation of a language for radical needs and thoughts in the country. NDESH nature is to delve into the unsafe spaces of failures and mistakes that can be made through learning processes considering the effort of translation as an act of resistance. As its first activity NDESH is very excited to welcome to Albania GIAP collective (Grupo de Investigaciòn en Arte y Política) from Chiapas, Mexíco to introduce their work and research on the Zapatista movement, offering a screening of Zapatistas radical films for the wider community of the village of Vuno. The workshop will be hosted by Shkolla Vuno, an initiative of a group of activists who are transforming every summer the school of the village in a welcoming hostel, where residents, travellers and passers-by, can be immersed in the wonderful nature that the place offers. We would like to welcome anyone interested to apply to the laboratory with GIAP in Albania between now and the 15th of June 2019. We ask for a small fee of 50 Euros for the participation to allow us to cover the costs. Click here for more information.


NHdocs: The New Haven Documentary Film Festival

May 30, 2019–June 09, 2019

The sixth iteration of NHdocs: The New Haven Documentary Film Festival runs May 30th to June 9th. This year’s festival will honor filmmaker Michael Moore, who will be present June 7th, 8th, and 9th. The full schedule for the festival is available here. Special hotel discounts for festival attendees are available.


Has Documentary Failed? A Documentary Now! Event

December 15, 2018–December 15, 2018

Documentary has often been lauded for its ability to educate, transform, provoke, and mobilise. High cultural value and social responsibilities have been attached to documentary film and television because of its supposed real-world impact. However, with a few notable exceptions, history has shown that this promise hasn’t been achieved as hoped and that past methods once effective, no longer serve us. In a post-truth vortex where faith in visible evidence has plummeted, audiences are increasingly siloed into social media echo chambers, and expert knowledge and the factual are increasingly undermined, how can documentary intervene as it might be expected to? In a day of provocations and polemics, scholars and practitioners will focus on failure in order to stir up urgent questions of documentary ideals, aims, processes and possibilities in the current context. Where does the past cease to serve us and what now?


Stronger Than Fiction – documentary film festival

August 02, 2018–August 05, 2018


Workshop: Storytelling for Immersive Documentary

July 13, 2018–July 15, 2018

UnionDocs, a Centre for Documentary Art located in Williamsburg Brooklyn, is holding a 3-day intensive workshop on the theory and practice of interactive storytelling. It might be a good opportunity for students and filmmakers interested in engaging with new media platforms in documentary production. According to the official description provided by UnionDocs: “This workshop, led by Marco Castro Cosio, will explore the creative possibilities and challenges of making documentaries for digital platforms. In presentations and workshops led by guest speakers, students will be exposed to a range of design strategies and production/distribution processes for making interactive, participatory and immersive narratives, including on emerging VR platforms like the Oculus Rift and HTC vive.”


The Flaherty Seminar: The Necessary Image

June 16, 2018–June 22, 2018

The theme for The 64th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is “Necessary Image” which speaks to films and videos that operate against the flow of popular taste and works towards building a better, more humane, more open world. Programmed by Kevin Jerome Everson & Greg de Cuir Jr. the seminar will question what makes necessary images and consequently a necessary cinema.


Sheffield Doc | Fest

June 07, 2018–June 12, 2018


Conference: Strategies of the Documentary

May 16, 2018–May 18, 2018

Blickle Cinema at the Belvedere 21 in Vienna is hosting a conference dedicated to “Strategies of the Documentary,” organized by the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Vienna. This event provides a great opportunity to explore the intersections and entanglements between Greek film cultures and documentary practices/theory.


Docalogue May Discussion: “Kedi”

May 01, 2018–May 01, 2018

Docalogue – an online space for scholars, filmmakers, and documentary enthusiasts to engage in conversation about contemporary documentaries (urated by documentary scholars Jaimie Baron and Kristen Fuhs) – is featuring a discussion on the film Kedi (Ceyda Torun, 2016). To join in the discussion, you can read the short write-ups by Leshu Torchin and Yiman Wang on the event’s website, and take part in the monthly live-tweet.


hotDOCS – Canadian International Documentary Festival

April 26, 2018–May 06, 2018


Visions du Réel, Nyon International Film Festival

April 13, 2018–April 21, 2018


Podcast Launch: Documentary Futurism

April 11, 2018–April 11, 2019

Cinema Politica launches Documentary Futurism – The Podcast, a new audio series that highlights the creative visions of filmmakers producing work to usher a new cinematic genre called “documentary futurism”. The films are produced as part of The Next 150: Documentary Futurism, a Cinema Politica project funded through a Canada Council for the Arts Next Chapter grant. This might be of interest to documentary enthusiasts who are interested in the potential of speculative fiction and contemporary futurist movements for nonfiction forms of filmmaking. 


Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

April 09, 2018–April 15, 2018


Full Frame – documentary film festival

April 05, 2018–April 08, 2018


CPH:DOX – Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival

March 15, 2018–March 25, 2018

CPH:DOX is the biggest documentary festival in the Nordic countries. This year CPH also hosts a 5-day conference, exploring the interconnections between film, technology, science, and art between March 20-24, 2018. Some of the interesting panels promised by the program include those on science films, serialized documentary and podcasts, augmented reality activism, and theatrical VR. – Selected by our Associate Editor Niina Oisalo