organizing nafa 2020 in lisboA
We already started organizing NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival in Lisboa! This bilateral initiative has been nourished for a long time between social scientists and specialists in visual anthropology from both countries, Norway and Portugal. The formalization of this ambition happened in September 2019 when, at the Nordic Anthropological Film Association annual meeting, the association members approved Lisbon as 2020 festival’s destiny, the edition that will be celebrating the Festival’s 40th year of existence. In fact, this event is one of the oldest and most prestigious anthropological film festivals in the world, and hosting it in Portugal is an important achievement in terms of international networking for Portuguese specialists in visual anthropology. Also, the vibrant and creative platform formed by visual anthropology produced in Portugal has also been an important focus of attention by our Norwegian partners.
In order to launch the conditions to organize this complex event we’ve defined a number of previous matchmaking initiatives with meetings between Portuguese (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Museu Nacional de Etnologia) and Norwegian partners (Nordic Anthropological Film Association and The University Museum of Bergen). The first meetings happened in Lisbon between 17 and 18 November 2019 and Tromsø between 5 and 7 March 2020 and included several matchmaking initiatives.
PT and NAFA organizing team: Peter Crawford | Frode Storaas | Catarina Alves Costa | Teresa Fradique | Rodrigo Lacerda | Inês Mestre | Amaya Sumpsi | Catarina Laranjeiro | Ricardo Seiça Salgado | Ana Manana | Daniel Boa Nova | Joana Lourenço | João Mateus | Pedro Matos | Sara Zuzarte | Tiago Amorim
NAFA 2020 Selection Committee: Bata Diallo | Knud Fischer-Møller | Len Kamerling | Linda Jonsen Engbjerg | Orsolya Veraart | Peter I. Crawford
This initiative is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the EEA Grants. Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
The Visual Anthropology and Arts Laboratory (NAVA) is a research group part of the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) that aims to articulate academic research with film and artistic production, particularly of ethnographic character, enhancing the effort to bridge the worlds of arts and cinema with academia, and vice versa. This approach is characterized by an important process of self-reflexivity. Film production is especially encouraged, and a support network of human and technical resources is available to researchers who want to incorporate visual methods in their projects. In this scope, NAVA works in close collaboration with the Audiovisual Laboratory and actively promotes the participation of post-graduate students of Digital Visual Cultures (ISCTE-IUL) and Anthropology: Visual Cultures (NOVA FCSH).
In 2020 NAVA will have the honor to host one of the oldest and most prestigious anthropological film festivals in the world Nordic Anthropological Film Association in Lisbon between October 7-10. The open call for films is open until April 20.