Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology



General statement

International Festival of Visual Anthropology “Mediating Camera” runs every two years in Moscow. The Festival aims are to show the diversity and unity of peoples cultures of the World, audience meeting with the daily life of people in the most remote places of Earth, establishment of a dialogue with them trough the screen.

Festival’s title expresses its concept, basic objectives and principles of film selection. This is, above all, the ethical responsibility of a person with the camera infront of a culture being filmed and infront of the audience.

Festival accepts documentaries made by filmmakers and anthropologists from all around the world.

VIII International Festival of Visual Anthropology “Mediating Camera” will be held in May 2019 at various venues in Moscow.

Festival main purposes and objectives

– Demonstration of originality, singularity and historical conditionality of peoples’ lifestyle all over the world;

– Formation of mutual understanding and respect between different cultures by means of science and cinema;

– Presentation and information support of authors and studios, creating films on visual anthropology;

– Integration of Russian Visual Anthropology into the world’s humanitarian community.

Festival founders and organizers

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, RAS

Moscow Pedagogical State University

Festival program

Information program

Debut competition

Special programs

Terms of participation
Festival invites documentary films made not earlier than 2016. In order to participate you should fill registration form on our website http://visantmedia.mes.msu.ru and provide online link to film screener.
Restrictions: films of information program should not exceed 90 minutes, debut films – 40 minutes.

Film selection

Films will be selected by the selection committee in accordance with the concept of the Festival. The results of the selection will be announced before April 2019.

Submitted films are stored in the Festival archive for non-commercial use in research and educational purposes.

Festival Organizing Committee is considering the opportunities of partial covering of the participants’ expenses.


Debut films competition jury consists of leading film directors and anthropologists.

Contact Information

The list of participants, schedule and other information about the Festival can be found on the website: http://visantmedia.mes.msu.ru

Tel .: +7 495 939 3292; + 7 495 938 1820

E-mail: mediating.camera@gmail.com

Festival 2019

Festival 2019 Information letter

Online film registration

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