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CinéTrans is happy to announce that The 38th NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival will be held 11-15 September 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The festival will consist of three parts: the official selection, a special screening of films from local filmmakers and a workshop entitled ´work in progress´, where invited filmmakers will present their ongoing visual anthropological projects.

Films may be submitted here. ( The deadline for film submission is 10 March 2018.

CinéTrans is organizing the festival in close collaboration with the Babeș-Bolyai University, the Hungarian University Federation of Cluj-Napoca and Asociația ARTA în dialog.



Cinema Arta / Arta Movie Theatre, which is in the very center. On the corner of Strada Universitatii and Strada Ion I. C. Bratianu, very close to Piata Unirii.


Practical information for international participants

Cluj-Napoca has an international airport.


Advisor of the film festival

Frode Storaas, general secretary of NAFA


International film selection committee

Catarina Alves Costa has a degree from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, at the University of Manchester. Apart from being an anthropologist in Lisbon she runs a film production company together with Catarina Mourao.

Peter I. Crawford is an anthropologist, publisher and filmmaker. He has been an active member of NAFA since the late 1970s. He has written extensively on visual anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking and has wide experience in teaching the subject both theoretically and practically. He is professor of visual anthropology at the Visual Cultural Studies program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. Peter is the chairman of the film selection committee.

Knud Fischer-Møller is a social anthropologist (cand.scient.anth.) from the University of Copenhagen from 2003. His thesis is based on a long-lasting fieldwork concerning the performance of “Twelfth Night” - a masktradition which takes place at midwinter on an island in Denmark. Knud is a NAFA veteran and has served on the film selection committee several times.

Alyssa Grossman is an American anthropologist and filmmaker, who took both her MA and PhD in Manchester, at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. Alyssa has been serving on the NAFA film selection committee before. She has lived in Gothenburg for a number of years now, working at the University of Gothenburg. Most of Alyssa’s research is based on fieldwork in Romania.

Orsolya Veraart is from Romania and belongs to the Hungarian minority there, but currently lives in Tromsø together with her husband, Ralph Veraart, who is the main mover when it comes to NAFA´s official website ( Orsolya has a degree from the Visual Cultural Studies program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. She has served for several years on the NAFA film selection committee and she is co-founder of CinéTrans.


Soon you may subscribe for the work-in-progress-workshop

The workshop is designed to be a great opportunity for the audience to learn the ins and outs of filmmaking from professionals in the field of visual anthropology.

Orsolya Veraart will present her film entitled Slaughter. The film is shot in Transylvania around Easter time: we see and hear Hungarian men converse with a Rroma man during the lamb slaughter. Through the film we get a bitter glimpse of discrimination - a stark reality in a wonderful cultural and natural setting. Orsolya will address ethical implications in making ethnographic films.

Christian Suhr will discuss his work on a film and research project: ´Plague over Denmark´ - Radicalisation, contagion, and healing among Danish Muslims at the Grimhøj mosque.

Eddy Appels will share personal observations through his ongoing film project about his sister suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Len Kamerling will show the evolution of his Alaska films and the development of his approach of collaborating with Alaska Native communities.

These four projects will be commented upon and the discussions will be guided by the following panel: Peter I. Crawford, Lisbet Holtedahl and Frode Storaas. 

An education in anthropology (...) educates our perception of the world, and opens our eyes and minds to other possibilities of being.

- Tim Ingold

Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA)

Babeș-Bolyai University


Asociația ARTA în dialog

The Hungarian University Federation of Cluj-Napoca

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