We intend to perform a wide range of events such as workshops, presentations, discussions, lectures and photographic exhibition as well as showing ethnographic films. They will be grouped in several sections: “Classical anthropological films”, “Balkans”, “Youth visual projects”, “Expeditions”.
During 2012 Festival of Ethnographic Film some of the most established American researchers are shown such as John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Timothy Asch etc.
Special guest during the edition is professor Sara Elder (USA). Elder is leading visual anthropologist for 40 decades and currently professor in the Department of Media Study at University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is going to introduce her own film projects such as Alaskan Eskimo Series (1972 – 1988) and talk about visual anthropology as a research method and share part of her experience in ethnographic film with the Bulgarian public.
In the section “Balkans” we introduce authors and topics from Bulgaria and some other Balkan countries. The Bulgarian movies shown are from the young directors Ilian Metev and Svetoslav Draganov and productions such as “I dream of mummers” of Adela Media and IEFEM, “Kuker’s day” of prof. Valeria Fol etc.
Another accent in the program of 2012 International Festival of Ethnographic film, Sofia (IFEF) is the section “Native Americans” during which members of the Bulgarian Indian Society “Eagle Circle” show their culture in lectures, workshops and demonstrations. Also, during the festival we display an exhibition called Traditional Native American handicrafts accompanied by photographs of Edward S. Curtis. This photos has documented the traditional culture of the American Indians from the beginning of the 20th century.
Partners of 2012 Sofia IFEF: Documentary Educational Resources, Department of Ethnology at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”, Academic Ethnological Society (AES), Embassy of the United States – Sofia, Bulgarian Indian Society “Eagle Circle”, Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum