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Virtual Salon: Co-Creation in Documentary During Pandemic and Protest

June 24, 2020–June 24, 2020

In partnership with the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, you can join a stellar group of panelists, leading figures in documentary practice and theory, for the launch of the special Afterimage dossier, “Co-creation in Documentary: Toward Multiscalar Granular Interventions Beyond Extraction.”  All five writers of the dossier will present in a salon that focuses on co-creation practices, documentary, the pandemic, and protest. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to offer considered commentary and robust dialogue.

Cosponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism


4-5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Register HERE:


Karen Van Meenen, Editor, Afterimage

Reece Auguiste, Associate Professor, University of Colorado

Helen De Michiel, media artist and writer, San Francisco Bay Area

Brenda Longfellow, Professor, York University, Canada

Dorit Naaman, Professor, Queen’s University, Canada

Patricia R. Zimmermann,  Professor, Ithaca College

Moderated by Raza Ahmad Rumi, Director, Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca College

Access the full dossier here, free access through the end of 2020:

International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC)

January 17, 2020–January 19, 2020

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), the Mobile Innovation Network & Association (MINA) and Mobile Studies International (MSI) collaborate to initiate an event for the world of mobile storytellers: International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC). Consisting of workshops, a conference, and a smartphone film festival, the congress aims to promote mobile storytelling for effective communication in different areas ranging from community and civic engagement to new forms of storytelling, creativity and developments towards story making (Schleser and Berry 2018) and/or story-living (Google New Lab 2017).
To be held on 17-19 January 2020 in Ningbo, China, IMSC focuses mobile, smartphone and pocket filmmaking, mobile innovation and mobile creativity. IMSC provides a forum for practitioners and scholars to showcase projects and discuss changes, challenges and chances of mobile storytelling.

This call is interested in storytelling and its broad application in the digital world. We see narrative and non-narrative methods as innovation sandboxes to illuminate community engagement and creative transformation(s). We aim for a combination of theoretical and creative practice research explorations responding to and interacting with the opportunities and potential of emerging media and screen production. Presentations and showcases can include work-in-progress, project presentations, academic papers and conceptual provocations or pose questions at the intersection of storytelling and screen production. We welcome proposals for workshops to run in conjunction with the International Mobile Storytelling Congress (IMSC). Paper & project abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed. We accept video presentations but require presenters to join a Q&A session via Adobe Connect.

Abstract for Research Papers, Workshops, Project Presentations and/or Showcase
Submission Deadline: 30 September 2019
Please submit your academic paper abstracts (in APA style, at least 350 words are expected and a short biographical note 250 words)
We will inform you of the selection results by 1 November 2019

Submit via

For further information regarding the Mobile, Smartphone and Pocket Film & Cinematic VR, Research Paper, Workshops, Project Presentations and/or Showcase, please contact Dr Max Schleser via | For further information regarding the academic papers, please contact Dr Xiaoge Xu via

Making the Grade: Women Directing Documentary Past and Present

November 22, 2019–November 23, 2019

Directors UK (2018) reports an almost 10% decline in the number of women directing factual programming in recent years. What factors are driving this and how have individual women managed to forge careers in this sector? Using the career of Jill Craigie as a springboard, contemporary women film-makers from the South West and around the UK explore how far opportunities for women have changed since Craigie started as one of the first female documentary directors in 1944.

She made a series of films in the 1940s including The Way We Live (1946), a film which foregrounded women’s perspectives on the plan to rebuild Plymouth after the war. After her success in the war and post-war period, she had few opportunities to direct again, until, propelled by anger at the fate of the people of Dubrovnik during the war in Yugoslavia, she made Two Hours from London at the age of 84.

Further details and booking pages for events here. Run in partnership with the Arts Institute, Plymouth as part of the research project Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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
Dr Carolina Bandenelli


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

Glasgow Short Film Festival: experiments with documentary sound

March 15, 2018–March 18, 2018

Accompanying this year’s focus on Southeast Asian cinemas, GSFF presents two installations, which might be of interest to documentary sound enthusiasts. Nguyễn Trinh Thi’s Everyday’s the Seventies experiments with layering 3 different versions of the same history – one personal, another depicted by cinema, and the third described by the media – with a soundtrack mixed by Ernst Karel, whereas Hanoi DocLab’s Weekday (Hanoi), another work edited by Karel, juxtaposes recordings made over the course of a Tuesday by multiple observers, exploring the city to capture its sonic intensities and impressions. The works can be explored at the Intermedia gallery at CCA between 11am and 7pm every day of the festival.

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

Tempo Documentary Festival

March 05, 2018–March 11, 2018

Tempo is Sweden’s biggest documentary festival and curated event, which also features seminars and masterclasses, audio documentaries, transmedia, and photo exhibitions.

One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

March 05, 2018–March 14, 2018

Berlinale Forum Expanded: “A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself”

February 15, 2018–February 25, 2018

Berlinale’s Forum Expanded is entering its 13th year and once again includes a variety of works that expand the concept of documentary. 2018’s theme “A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself” refers to the specific agency possessed by cinema, which is well expressed in the rich spectrum of forms to be found in documentary works. The forum’s program is now complete and features 34 film and video works of all lengths and genres together with 15 installations have been invited from a total of 27 countries. The artists invited include Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, James Benning, Kudzanai Chiurai, Anouk De Clercq and Tom Callemin, Morgan Fisher, Alex Gerbaulet, Margaret Honda, Laura Horelli, Ken Jacobs, The Otolith Group, Michael Robinson, Ghassan Salhab and Mohamed Soueid, John Smith, Kerstin Schroedinger, Deborah Stratman, Clarissa Thieme and Wendelien van Oldenborgh.

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

January 29, 2018–February 04, 2018

The program includes seminars, master classes, and Q&A’s with filmmakers.

Skábmagovat – Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival

January 25, 2018–January 28, 2018

Skábmagovat, which presents Sámi and indigenous films and TV programs, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with films to be screened in the atmospheric Northern Lights Theater, made of snow.

The Non-Actor, a Historical Survey Spanning Over 40 Films

November 24, 2017–December 10, 2017

This survey hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center includes films that challenge the conventions of screen performance and cinematic realism, understood as features pertaining to both documentary and fiction traditions. The 40-plus film line-up fittingly includes works by filmmakers, who are known for their cross-over and docufiction narratives, such as Pedro Costa, Abbas Kiorastami, Teemour Mambety, Agnès Varda, and Miguel Gomes.

The Message: New Media Works

November 18, 2017–April 22, 2018

The Message: New Media Works is a journey through five contemporary film and video installations that use music, film and pop culture to reveal profound truths about life in the 21st century.  It features the works of leading international video artists Camille Henrot, C.T. Jasper, Joanna Malinowska, France Stark, Hito Steyerl, and Arthur Jafa. Each work appropriates a common method of communication in the 21st century —the sermon, the web lecture, the concert, the music video and the online sex chat room— and uses its familiar format to question and provoke ideas around information overload in the global digital age. Camille Henrot’s “Grosse Fatigue” (2013) mines the Smithsonian archives for stories of the creation of the universe from a variety of religions and indigenous traditions.  C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska’s “Halka/Haiti” (2015), addresses issues around globalization and colonization, staging a full-length Polish dramatic opera in a rural Haitian village populated by citizens of Polish descent. The expansive 30-foot curved screen and plastic deck chairs that are part of the installation immerse viewers in the village square alongside its original Haitian audience.

IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

November 15, 2017–November 26, 2017

Kassel Dokfest

November 14, 2017–November 19, 2017

In its 34th year, Kassel Dokfest, a prominent documentary media art festival in Germany, will present 258 national and international films: 54 feature-length and 204 short films from 35 countries, out of which over 90 will be premieres. Among other festival sections that accompany the extensive film program and educational workshops are: the media art exhibition Monitoring, which will show 15 experimental and artistic works; the workshop symposium interfiction with the title *TOPIA!, which will discuss different ways of dys- or utopias; A Wall is a Screen will transform the city into a screen; and the evenings of the festival can be spent in the DokfestLounge with VJs, DJs, performances and parties. Since last year, the Kassel Dokfest shows 360°-films in the program Fulldome. 

Human Rights Watch Film Festival – Nairobi

November 08, 2017–November 12, 2017

Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 19, 2017–October 22, 2017

United Nations Association Film Festival

October 19, 2017–October 29, 2017

imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival

October 18, 2017–October 22, 2017

The Toronto-based film and media arts festival imagine-NATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. This year’s festival also features a series of engaging events, including a sound design masterclass and a workshop titled “Insiders and Outsiders: Developing New Collaboration Models,” which might be of interest to documentary filmmakers and scholars concerned with the currently pressing question of research protocols.

ARTISTS’ CINEMA: Desktop Cinema

October 17, 2017–October 17, 2017

ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a screening program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb established in 2012, aimed at introducing contemporary artists and their cinematic works, created at the meeting point of contemporary art and cinema, of film and visual arts. Stemming from the research conducted for the exhibition Desktop Cinema: Post-Internet Aesthetics, which was part of the support program at Pula Film Festival Cinemaniac 2017: Video Television Anticipation held at MMC LUKA in Pula (July 2017), this specific screening program titled “Desktop Cinema” gathers recent films and videos produced between 2014 and 2017 that reflect upon digital interface practices. – Selected by our Associate Editor Greg De Cuir

Call for Films: The Encounters of the Other Cinema (EDOC) Festival

October 15, 2017–December 15, 2017

The International Documentary Film Festival Los Encuentros del Otro Cine / The Encounters of the Other Cinema is a non- competitive, creative documentary festival organized by Corporación Cinememoria, a non- profit institution based in Quito, Ecuador. The submission period goes from October 15th to December 15th, 2017, and the festival itself takes place in May. – Selected by our Associate Editor Javier Campo


Call for films: “Contra el silencio, todas las voces”

October 10, 2017–October 31, 2017

The 10th Hispanic-American Encounter of Independent Documentary Film and Video, “Contra el silencio, todas las voces”/”All Voices Against Silence,” will be held in Mexico City from April 12 to 21, 2018. There is currently an open call to participate in the event, with the deadline October 31st, 2017. Documentaries produced in 2016 and 2017, with Spanish-American themes and independently produced “with the vision of the director and not of a company” can be submitted. The categories for submission are: social movements and citizen participation, human rights, indigenous [issues and rights], [rights and status of] women, borders/migrations/exiles, environment, social change, and art and society.  – Selected by our Associate Editor Javier Campo

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

October 06, 2017–October 15, 2017

UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art – Workshop: Speculations in the Archive

October 06, 2017–October 08, 2017

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

October 05, 2017–October 12, 2017

Interflugs – Documentary Film Week: Cinema of Resistance

October 03, 2017–October 05, 2017

2017 Fall Flaherty NYC – OUT FROM UNDER

October 02, 2017–December 11, 2017

It’s All True – International Documentary Film Festival

October 01, 2017–December 01, 2017

2018 submissions are being accepted until December 1, 2017. Festival schedule tbd.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka: “Tomislav Gotovac:  Crisis Anticipator – Don’t Ask Where We’re Going”

September 22, 2017–November 26, 2017

This is the first retrospective on the multi-disciplinary artist, who was a pivotal figure in the development of performance art and the artistic avant-garde in Eastern Europe in the 1960s and 1970s, and gives an overview of his sixty-year long art practice. It also engages with the artist’s work in innovative ways, by including performances, a student exhibition drawing from Gotovac’s oeuvre, lectures, and actions in public space.  – Selected by our Associate Editor Greg DeCuir

EYE Filmmuseum: Locus – Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Cao Guimarães

September 16, 2017–December 03, 2017

This exhibit focuses on artists whose works reflect a strong documentary sensibility, blending sensory experience and dreamlike qualities of reality. The exhibition showcases large and single film installations as well as artist talks and events; great opportunity for documentary scholars interested in the convergence between documentary and art.  – Selected by our Associate Editor Toni Pape

TIFF ’17: Female filmmakers talk gender barriers in the doc industry

September 15, 2017

Good Luck – An Interview with Ben Russell

September 13, 2017

Venice Interview: Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

September 11, 2017