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Archaeology Film Festivals/Events

compiled by Carole Lazio


Last update: September 15, 2005

This list is updated periodically as new information accumulates. Mediamakers should contact festivals directly with any questions about deadlines or submission guidelines. Unless an appropriate foreign language version is available, most European festivals require an English-language transcription in addition to a PAL cassette. Some request translations.

On May 19, 2002 a group of continental festivals dedicated to archaeology pledged to form the European Federation of Film Festivals on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (FEDARCINE). Its website (www.fedarcine.com) offers supplementary background for many of the events listed below and about members whose next programs may not yet have been announced.


2005

February 20
5o Incontro Nazionale di Archeologia Viva: La Voce del Passato, Un Messagio per il Futuro, Florence
Archeologia Viva, Giunti Gruppo Editoriale, via Bolognese 165, 50139 Florence, Italy. Tel.+39(055) 506.2303. E-mail: ArcheologiaViva@giunti.it Website (select Vivi l'Archeologia, then Incontri): www.archeologiaviva.it
Biennial public information program organized by Archeologica Viva magazine highlighted high profile archaeological topics in talks by Italian experts introducing new books and outstanding films. Held at Palazzo dei Congressi, Viale F. Strozzi. Established in 1997. Contact: Piero Pruneti, Editor-in-Chief or Pino Perla, Managing Editor.

March 15-19
4e Festival du Film Archéologique, Nyon
Musée Romain de Nyon, Rue Maupertuis, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland. Tel.+41(022) 363.83.61. Fax.+41(022) 363.83.59. E-mail: christophe.goumand@oracle.com Website (including submission form and guidelines): www.mrn.ch
Selective and pedagogic biennial festival of recent production about archaeology organized under the auspices of the Musée Romain de Nyon. Programming was structured by themes with special sections dedicated to a retrospective of the ethnoarchaeology of metallury and to archaeology confronted by political events in a variety of regions. As usual, sessions were framed by introductory talks and question-and-answer sessions led by area specialists. After the festival, parts of the program will tour local schools. Screenings at l'Usine à Gaz, 1 Rue César Soulie. Established in 1999. Submission deadline was December 30, 2004. Director: Christophe Goumand.

April 5-9
8e Festival du Film d'Archéologie d'Amiens
Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Archéologiques de la Somme (CIRAS), 5 rue Henri Daussy, 80044 Amiens CEDEX 1, France. Tel.+33(03) 22.97.33.44 Fax.+33(03) 22.97.33.47. E-mail: tahar.benredjeb@culture.gouv.fr Website (for submission form and guidelines select Festival): www.ciras.asso.fr
Biennial festival of recent films covering current excavations or placing selected topics in perspective. A special theme this year was the archaeology of Turkey. Sessions also covered the archaeology of China, experimental archaeology and archaeology parks, as well as Archaeology in the News. Selective and pedagogic, after the festival parts of the program will tour regional schools and cultural centers until December 31, 2005. During the festival, submissions not included in the festival could be viewed at the Bibliothèque Municipal. Established in 1990. Submission deadline was January 15, 2005. Director: Tahar Ben Redjeb.

April 15-16
The Ancient World on Film: Festival and Symposium, New York
Columbia University Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, 501 Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 USA. Tel.+01(212) 854.1621. E-mail: et157@columbia.edu Website:www.columbia.edu/cu/cam/events.htm
An experimental program which may mark the beginning of a future biennial event. Punctuated by informal screenings, Columbia University scholars and guest specialist Martin Winkler discussed themes and ideologies exemplified by mainstream comedies and dramas about the ancient world. Director: W.V Harris. Program Coordinator: Erin Thompson.

June 9-27
1er Rencontres Internationales du Films sur l'Art, Paris
Musée du Louvre, Direction de l'Auditorium,, 57 rue St. Roch, 75058, Paris cedex 1, France. Tel.+33(01) 40.20.58.59. Fax.+33(01) 40.20.54.30. E-mail: raynaud@louvre.fr
This date and a tentative rescheduling for January 2006 have been cancelled. See instead January 2007.

October 3-8
16a Rassegna Internazionale del Cinema Archeologico, Rovereto
Museo Civico, Largo S. Caterina 43, 38068 Rovereto (TN), Italy. Tel.+39(0464) 439.055. Fax.+39(0464) 439.487. E-mail: rassegna@museocivico.rovereto.tn.it or diblasidario@museocivico.rovereto.tn.it Website (for submission form and guidelines select Rassegna in the Cinema Museo section, then Come Participare): www.museocivico.rovereto.tn.it
The main theme of this annual festival of recent production about all aspects of archaeology and associated fields will be Religion, Cult, Myth, and Sacred Areas. Submissions produced since 2002 relevant to this theme may be eligible for the 7o Premio Paolo Orsi (see details on the website). Screenings at F. Melotti Auditorium in the Polo Culturale e Museale, Corso Bettini. Established in 1990. This year archaeology-awareness events have also been programmed at Lecce, Turin and Agrigento, often in collaboration with Archeologia Viva magazine. Entry deadline was April 30, 2005. Director: Dario Di Blasi. Segreteria Organizzativa: Estella Longo.

October 17-19
35mm Persien--Ein Archäologisches Filmfest mit Kolloquium, Berlin
35mm Persien, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Eurasien Abteilung, Im Dol 2-6, Haus II, 10145 Berlin, Germany. Tel.+49(030) 26300955. Mobil.+49(0178) 2524858. E-mail: filmfest@eurasien.dainst.org Website:http://www.dainst.org/index_3425_de.html
A special two-day film program will compare films illustrating Western methodology, theory, and archaeological and historic perspectives on the Iranian past with contemporary Iranian approaches. The final day is reserved for the presentation of a series of papers. See the website for program details. Screenings and conference at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10. Entry deadline was June 30, 2005. Organizer: Patricia Rahemipour.

November 15-19
V. International Archaeological Film Festival of the Bidasoa, Irun
Arkeloan Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Historico-Arcquelogicas, Francisco de Gainza 4, E-20302 Irun (Giupuzkoa), Spain. Tel.+34(943) 638.218. Fax.+34(943) 638.209. E-mail: cine@arkeolan.com or arkeolan@arkeolan.com Website (including submission guidelines):www.arkeolan.com
Annual festival dedicated to the dissemination of information about cultural patrimony by showing scientific films as well as films with broad popular appeal that nevertheless demonstrate good thematic development and high quality. Established in 2001. Entry deadline was June 30, 2005. Program Coordinator: Susanna Prado.

December 2-4
6e Festival International du Film Archéologique, Brussels
Asbl Kineon, 55, rue du Croissant, B-1190 Brussels, Belgium. Tel.+32(2) 672.82.91. Fax.+32(2) 537.52.61. E-mail: info@kineon.be Website: www.kineon.be
Biennial festival will focus on productions made between 2000 and 2005 about all aspects of archaeology with an emphasis on good cinematography. Built on traditions and relationships established by a previous Brussels festival whose name it adopted in 1995. This year’s program will include special sections dedicated to examples of the first films about archaeology (1920-1945) and to the archaeology of countries newly admitted into the European Union. Screenings at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Sociology building). Entry deadline was May 15, 2005. Président: Serge Lemaître. Secrétaire: Benjamin Stewart. Notice revised program dates and new E-mail and URL. The revised website currently includes a new feature listing local TV programming about the field.

2006


February 7-11
3rd The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, Eugene
The Archaeology Channel, 4147 E. Amazon Dr., Eugene, OR 97405, USA. Fax.+01(541) 338-3109. E-mail: rick@archaeologychannel.org Website (select festival logo at right, section includes submission form and guidelines): www.archaeologychannel.org
Festival focused on productions about archeology and indigenous peoples, intended to celebrate diversity and to promote production about the field. Keynote speaker will be Brian Fagan. This festival's regular teachers' and children's workshops, as well as a symposium on Heritage Film, are also planned. Screenings at McDonald Theatre (admission charged). Established in 2003. Entry deadline was August 1, 2005. Executive Director: Rick Pettigrew.

April 26-29
7. CINARCHEA Internationales Archäologie-Film-Kunst Festival, Kiel
CINARCHEA, Breiter Weg 10, D-24105 Kiel, Germany. Tel. +49(0431) 579.4941/4942 Tel./Fax. +49(0431) 579.4940. E-mail: agfilm@email.uni-kiel.de Website: www.uni-kiel.de/cinarchea/
Biennial festival and scholarly conference focused on recent international production about archaeology, previous international prize winners, notable older productions, and experimental archaeology. "New Paths in Archaeological Filmmaking: Longer, prettier, trendier--but is it better?" will be the topic of the conference. Screenings at the Stadtgalerie in central Kiel (admission charged). Established in 1994. Entry deadline: November 1, 2005. Director: Kurt Denzer.

Spring
6th AGON International Meeting of Archaeological Film of the Mediterranean Area, Athens
AGON c/o Archaiologia ke Technes (Archaeology and Arts), 10 Karitsi Square, 102 37 Athens, Greece. Tel.+30(210) 331.2990. Tel./Fax.+30(210) 331.2991. E-mail: mpalatou@arxaiologia.gr or agwn@in.gr Website (including submission form and guidelines): www.arxaiologia.gr (on home page lower left, select the AGON icon) or www.sitemaker.gr/agwn.
Biennial festival focused on films completed after January 1, 2002 about Mediterranean archaeology from prehistory to modern times and documentaries about folk art and other endangered Mediterranean popular traditions. In off years, award winners may be featured in additional programs. Established in 1996. Entry deadline: November 30, 2005. General Secretary: Maria Palatou.

October
10e ICRONOS Festival International du Film Archéologique, Bordeaux
Association du Festival International du Film Archéologique (AFIFA), 20 Quai de la Monnaie, 33800 Bordeaux, France. Tel.+33(05) 56.94.22.20. Fax.+33(05) 56.94.27.87. E-mail: icronos@wanadoo.fr Website: www-icronos.montaigne.u-bordeaux.fr
Prehistory will be the main theme of this biennial festival which is the centerpiece of an intensive archaeology-awareness week. The program will also include international production about other domains of archaeology made during the preceding two years. Screenings at the Athenée Municipal, ilôt Saint-Christoly. Established in 1988. Approximate entry deadline: April 15, 2006. Director: Philippe Dorthe. Commissaire général: Pascal Louis. Chargée de mission: Laetitia Dion.

November
British Archaeological Awards: Channel 4 Archaeology Awards
Council for British Archaeology/British Universities Film and Video Council Committee for Audiovisual Education (CAVE), 77 Wells St., London W1T 3QJ England. Tel.+44(1.71) 7393.1500. Fax.+44(1.71) 7393.1555. E-mail: cathy@bufvc.ac.uk Website (for more information about these awards, about CAVE, and about the British Archaeological Awards, enter "Channel 4" in the search feature): www.bufvc.ac.uk
British-made broadcast and non-broadcast productions and ICT (Information Communications Technology) projects (interactive CD-Roms, websites or integrated multimedia packages) made or broadcast between July 1, 2004 and May 31, 2006 are eligible for these biennial awards sponsored by Britain's Channel 4 Television. Prize winners selected by CAVE will be announced at a ceremony whose date and location will be announced in 2006. Approximate entry deadline: May 31 2006. Honorary Secretary: Cathy Grant.

2007

January
1er Rencontres Internationales du Films sur l'Art, Paris
Musée du Louvre, Direction de l'Auditorium,, 57 rue St. Roch, 75058, Paris cedex 1, France. Tel.+33(01) 40.20.58.59. Fax.+33(01) 40.20.54.30. E-mail: raynaud@louvre.fr Website: www.louvre.fr
New dates for this Louvre initiative originally scheduled for June 2005 will be forthcoming. The program extending over several weeks will be dedicated to the visual arts (painting, sculpture, drawing), architecture and archaeology. It will include films produced during the two preceding years, special retrospective, monographic or archival sections, programming dedicated to a particular topic of art history, and videos by artists, in addition to related lectures and panels. For further information contact: Pascale Raynaud.

The following present film programs episodically throughout the year.

Archéologie(s) & Films, Morlanwelz
Musée Royal de Mariemont, Département de Fouilles Archéologiques, 100, Chée. de Mariemont, B-7140 Morlanwlez, Belgium. Tel.+32(064) 21.21.93. Fax.+32(064) 64.26.29. E-mail: frederic.andre@musee-mariemont.be Website: www.musee-mariemont.be (see Agenda, then Calendrier).
Brief pre-selected film programs are scheduled at intervals throughout the year as a supplement to exhibitions at the sponsoring museum. Consult the website for information about specific programs. Established 1998. Formerly called Journées du Film Archéologique de Mariemont. Coordinator: Frédéric André.

Cin'Archéo, Amiens
Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Archéologiques de la Somme (CIRAS), 5 rue Henri Daussy, 80044 Amiens CEDEX 1, France. Tel.+33(03) 22.97.33.44. Fax.+33(03) 22.97.33.47. E-mail: tahar.benredjeb@culture.gouv.fr Website:(select Cin'Archéo in the Accés rapide section): www.ciras.asso.fr
In addition to organizing the biennial Festival du Film d'Archéologie d'Amiens established in 1990, CIRAS presents pre-selected screenings dedicated to Archaeology in the News on the first Friday of each month. Consult the website for information about specific programs. Screenings in salle Robida at the CIRAS offices. Organizer: Tahar Ben Redjeb.

Cinema Museo, Rovereto
Museo Civico, Largo S. Caterina 43, 38068 Rovereto (TN), Italy. Tel.+39(0464) 439.055. Fax.+39(0464) 439.487. E-mail: rassegna@museocivico.rovereto.tn.it or diblasidario@museocivico.rovereto.tn.it Website (check Discovery on Film in the Cinema Museo section at left, and Appuntamenti in the center section): www.museocivico.rovereto.tn.it
In addition to organizing the annual October festival in Rovereto and additional programs in Italy and abroad, the Rassegna Internazionale del Cinema Archeologico and the Museo Civico offer occasional pre-selected film series in Rovereto that sometimes cover archaeology. Screenings generally at the sponsoring museum. Consult the website for information about specific programs. Organizer: Dario Di Blasi.

Vivi l'Archeologia: Cinema e Incontri, Various locations
Archeologia Viva, Giunti Gruppo Editoriale, via Bolognese 165, 50139 Florence, Italy. Tel.+39(055) 506.2303. E-mail: ArcheologiaViva@giunti.it Website (check Cinema and Incontri sections under the Vivi l'Archeologia heading): www.archeologiaviva.it
Archeologia Viva magazine has a long history of cultivating the use of films about archaeology in association with a broad range of organizations and government institutions in Italy and abroad. For up-to-date listings of forthcoming programs, consult the website. Contact: Piero Pruneti, Editor-in-Chief or Pino Perla, Managing Editor.

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