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The NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival has taken place since 1979. For a list of festivals over the years please download attached PDF file.


LISBOA, SEP. 29 - OCT. 2 | 2021

Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Lisboa, Portugal

We welcome you all to the 40th NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival that will kickstart on the 29th of September with a series of seminars about the relations between cinema and anthropology, followed by the usual and much anticipated 3 days of film screenings with the presence of the filmmakers.

Let’s celebrate Autumn in Lisbon by enjoying the opportunity to come together again and share the enthusiasm we have for discussing ethnographic filmmaking.

Our venue,  the Museu Nacional de Etnologia, is located close to one of the most well known and most beautiful areas of Lisbon (Belém) and it has been a recurrent home to some of the most important debates around anthropology, film and art. There, we will be able to put into action the main ethos of NAFA’s FESTIVAL: to get together, discuss and exchange ideas and projects among a group of enthusiasts of anthropology, film and ethnography.

Please join us in Lisbon and in the meanwhile visit our pages in the social media.

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Check the program and all the details at the festival´s website!

The deadline for submission for NAFA2020-21 was 31 January 2021. Submissions after that date will be transferred to 2022 and submitters will receive a confirmation email once the new selection committee has been established, presumably by the end of October 2021.

The 2020/21 film selection committee consists of:

  • Bata Diallo is a PhD student at the University of Tromsø, Norway. She studied Visual Anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Bamako, Mali. This is her second term as member of the selection committee.
  • Knud Fischer-Møller was trained as an anthropologist at the University of Copenhagen. He has been associated with NAFA since the early 1980s and has served repeatedly as a member of the NAFA film selection committee.
  • Alaska filmmaker Len Kamerling is Curator of Film at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and Professor of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has authored more than a dozen films about Alaska Native cultures and indigenous issues.  
  • Linda Jonsen Engbjerg is an anthropologist from Aarhus University (1997), where she managed the NAFA archive for many years, and also holds a master degree in visual anthropology from the Granada Centre at the University of Manchester (1991).
  • Orsolya Veraart is a visual anthropologist, filmmaker and ethnographer trained at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and UBB Cluj Napoca, Romania. She is co-founder of CinéTrans, and is currently developing the Pál Berta project (
  • Peter I. Crawford is an anthropologist, publisher ( and filmmaker. He is professor of visual anthropology and head of the Master of Visual Anthropology programme (MVA) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He is the chairman of the NAFA film selection committee.

Please note that if you submit your film online or for download you must ensure that the selection committee has access until the selection is completed, i.e. until end of March 2021. We prefer a password-protected Vimeo-link for the online submissions. Make sure the film has English subtitles or is an English version.

Please also note that films previously submitted to NAFA will not be eligible for selection.

If not submitting an online version, please send by mail 1 copy (or 2 copies) of the film on DVD to:

NAFA2020/21, c/o Peter I. Crawford, ISV/Anthropology, SVHUM D3008, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, P.O. Box 6050, Langnes, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway Phone Peter I. Crawford: +47 96953520, e-mail If sending by courier the street address is: Hansine Hansens Veg 18.

English spoken and/or films with English subtitles only accepted for screening
* The NAFA Film Collection presents selected films for educational and non-commercial use, in addition to the films selected for the festival.