The Margaret Mead Film Festival is held each November at the American Museum of Natural History. The Mead Festival was founded in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead, one of the first anthropologists to recognize the significance of film for fieldwork. With Mead's innovative spirit in mind the Festival screens documentaries, experimental films, animation, and hybrid works that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet.
In addition to our general screenings the Mead programs a series of curated side bars (topics to be announced), exhibits installation artworks, and celebrates the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award nominees.
The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The award is given to a filmmaker whose feature documentary offers a new perspective on a culture or community remote from the majority of our audiences' experience as well as displays artistic excellence and originality in storytelling technique. Films selected for the Margaret Mead Film Festival that are U.S., North American, or World Premieres are eligible for the Award. The award winner is selected by a jury of industry professionals. The 2011 jury was comprised of Darren Aronofsky (director), Liz Garbus (documentarian), Karen Cooper (director of Film Forum, NY), and Stanley Nelson (documentarian). This award has a cash prize.
2012 dates: November 15-18 at the American Museum of Natural History
Please look at our on line application for details about how to submit: http://www.amnh.org/programs/mead/submit/
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