Antropofest is an international festival of movies with social anthropological themes.

Festival is held by eponymous NGO, formed by social anthropology graduates. The goal of the festival is to introduce the general audience to the movies that could also be one of the important study instruments of our domain. These specific documents will allow us to learn about the life of various human communities, social groups or individuals around the world.

Already 9th Antropofest wages at January 26th and 27th 2018 in Kino Ponrepo, Bartolomějská 291/11, Praha 1

During the festival we will hold debates on current projections and there will be also other accompanying programme.

We are looking forward to you!



We would like to invite you to Echos of Antropofest to Bratislava. It will take place at Cafe Satori Stage, 8th May at 6p.m. You can watch Girl, are you married?, Searching for the Exit and Ivonče. Directors of these movies will be present.


We would like to invite you to Echos of Antropofest to Brno. Wednesday 11th May, 6pm in Kino Art. You can watch GIRL, ARE YOU MARRIED?, PASTEVCI LAHVÍ and SEARCHING FOR THE EXIT. Directors of these movies will be present.


We would like to invite you to "Echoes of Antropofest 2016" to Pardubice. It will take place in Divadlo 29, 15th March from 6.30 p.m. We will screen this movies: Searching for the Exit, Ivonče, Kytice and Haight Love.


Firts "Echoes of Antropofest" in abroad will take place 15th March from 4p.m. in Department of Ethnology and Folklore studies University of Nitra. Searching for the Exit, Girl,are you married and Pastevci lahví will be screened.


„You don´t want to leave it, but you must“ is name of exhibition of photographs from balkan refugee migration route taken by Michal Pavlásek. The exhibition will take place in Bio OKo. Preview with author starts on Friday 29th JAN from 6 p.m. Free entrance.

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Austrálie, 2014, 55 min
David MacDougall
30.01.2016 21:25

UNDER THE PALACE WALL From the 16th century the Indian village of Delwara in southern Rajastan was ruled as a principality of the kingdom of Mewar. Its palace, which overlooks the village, is now a luxury hotel – a world remote from the daily life of villagers. Following off from his film SchoolScapes, which was inspired by the early cinema of Lumiere, David MacDougall here employs a series of precisely observed scenes to explore Delwara´s local primary school as a part of contemporary village life – a life that continues „under the palace wall“.
David MacDougall is an ethnographic filmmaker and writer on cinema. He has filmed in East Africa (The Jie films and „Turkana Conversation“ trilogy), Australia, and India. In 2005 he filmed at a shelter for homeless children in New Delhi, producing Gandhi´s Children. MacDougall  writes regulary on cinema and is the author of Transcultural Cinema and The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography , and the Sense. He is presently Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, where he is directing the project „Childhood and Modernity: Indian Children´s Perspectives“.

Language of dialogues: Merwari
Language of subtitles: English, Czech

Production: Fieldwork Films
Camera, edit: David MacDougall

Festivals (selection):
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York 2014
Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival 2014
Jean Rouch Film Festival, Paris, 2014
NAFA film Festival 2014
Royal Anthropological Institute International Ethnographic Film Festival, Bristol 2015



Česká republika, 2015, 26 min
Michal Pavlásek
29.01.2016 19:00

Searching for the exit is a personal documentary insight into one of the most debated topics of today – the forced migration of refugees coming to Europe. The Balkan route is the main migratory gateway into Europe. Having spent several summer weeks among the refugees, the filmmaker had the possibility to build close personal relationships with people coming mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. This recurring pattern of friendship is constantly present in the film thanks to Hussein, a young man from Basra in Iraq who is forced to forget a terrible life tragedy. Hussein’s journey represents a transition between the past and the future, while the filmmaker experiences it as a constant materialization of the uncertainty and dilemmas resulting from his EU citizenship. The passport in his pocket makes him confront his privileged position with the situation of the people he meets during the journey despite the fact that the distance between him and the refugees is often totally erased. The film depicts various encounters and situations from the Balkan route and brings a personal testimony about the border area and state controls, media coverage, volunteer aid, widely spread stereotypes and grey economy. These images and refugee testimonies allow the viewer to experience their journey, get a close up on migration, become a refugee.

Michal Pavlásek is researcher in The Institute of Ethnology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i. Brno. Author is member of Anthropictures - flexible association of social scientists providing independent field research focused on visual and urban anthropology.

production: Czech Television, TPS Petra Kubici.
script, camera, director: Michal Pavlásek
edit: Šárka Sklenářová
assistent of director:  Eva Lammelová

Language of dialogues: English, Macedonian, Serbian
Language of subtitles: Czech



Etiopie, Velká Británie, Španělsko, 2015, 86 min
Quino Piňero
29.01.2016 20:45

ROARING ABYSS If you go out around music bars and venues in Addis Ababa, you will enjoy a very characteristic scene, but if you want to get an idea of the different sounds from the country, you will get a very narrow view of it; in some places some Amhara or Gurage music may be found but ... what about the rest? There are more than eighty different nationalities and cultures spread all along the mountains, deserts and forests of Ethiopia. Nowadays many of the traditional instruments in Ethiopia have been replaced for electronic keyboards, and many local traditional bands have been reduced to a front(wo)man singing along to a keyboard which plays beats and melodies all in one. But there are still some musicians spread along the country playing the music they learned from their fathers and mothers; intruments like the Krar, Washent, Masinko or Kabero, are nowadays roaring and bouncing against the hills of this land full of contrasts and diversity. In order to unveil the music universe and keep a record of this endangered music tradition, the Roaring Abyss team spent two years performing field recordings around every corner of Ethiopia, documented in this audiovisual poem.

Quino Piñero is a sound engineer and film maker who started his nomadic life at the age of nineteen, always carrying his audio recorder and camera, hence has his work the personal signature of a sound journey, both on music albums and audiovisual pieces. Nowadays Quino Piñero is based in London working as a live sound engineer, while developing new documentary projects through his audiovisual platform SolySombra Recordings.

Language of dialogues: Amharic, Tigrigna, Nuer, Kaffigna, Harari, Oromifa, English
Languege of subtitles: English, Czech

Production: Quino Piñero
Camera: Israel Seoane, Quino Piñero, Gonzalo Guajardo, Jonathan Le Pechon
Script: Quino Piñero
Edit: Guiye Comín, Quino Piñero

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Partners of AntropoFEST are


Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review
Lidé města / Urban People F. H. Prager - český jablečný cider
Radio 1 25fps
Praha 7

Akce se koná pod záštitou radní MČ Praha 7 MgA. Hany Třeštíkové.


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Submit film with online application form HERE, or by email or by post. See below.
  • Relevance to the given anthropological themes will be taken into account when choosing the film. Attention will also be paid to the content and artistic quality of the film. (Application form here: DOC, PDF)
  • Films of any length will be accepted.
  • By entering his/her film, the owner of the rights gives consent to the film being projected at Antropofest events and archived for the purposes of the civil association Antropofest.
  • Sent DVDs are not returned.
  • Photographs and information from the application will be used for the purposes of the festival, included in the festival programme/catalogue and posted on the Antropofest website.
  • The deadline for applications is November 17th 2017. Films which arrive after this date will not be included in the projection of the topical year of the festival.
  • Applicants will be informed about their film being incorporated into the festival programme via e-mail and not later than 20 days before the beginning of the festival.
  • Expenses connected to transporting the film to the address Antropofest, P.O. BOX 56, 253 01 Hostivice, Czech Republic will be covered by the applicant.
  • You can also upload the movie and send us the link.
  • We accept either classical DVD VIDEO (PAL) or MOV/MP4 (codec H264, SD or HD resolution). Additional subtitles (not only burned in the image) are also required - we need it for translation to Czech. We accept only subtitles with exact timing in srt format (created by Subtitle Workshop or other software).
  • There is no entering fee and no financial reward to applicant or director of the movie.