Tropentag 2019:

Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management

September 18 - 20, 2019,
organised by
Universities of Kassel and Goettingen, Germany


Call for submission of short films on pastoralism

Sorio festival in Kargi, Marsabit County, Kenya

Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival at the Tropentag 2019

The Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival will deepen understanding of how diverse peoples across the world gain their livelihoods from extensive livestock production. The relationships of pastoralist people and animals and their food production systems reflect an intimate intertwining of culture, economy and ecology in harsh environments such as drylands and mountainous regions. In such environments, mobility of animals plays a key role. Films of multiple genres - spanning documentary, narrative and experimental - made by pastoralists and/or about pastoralists offer different insights into issues important to pastoralists.

As a pre-Tropentag event in 2019, this film festival opens the possibility for showcasing visual media that will spark dialogue, inspire debate and complement the presentation of research at the conference. This event is organised by the Coalition of European Lobbies for East African Pastoralism (CELEP), including the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL), Agrecol Association for AgriCulture & Ecology, and Veterinarians without Borders (Vétérinaires Sans Frontières), among others.

The organisers of the film festival invite films that are less than 60 minutes long.


(films must meet at least two of these):
  1. Films created by individuals or groups who are part of ethnic groups that identify as pastoralist
  2. Films that bring pastoralists' perspectives on their life and livelihood system
  3. Films that sensitively portray issues faced by pastoralists
  4. Films about issues faced in regions where pastoral livestock production is practised
  5. Films that reflect the role of mobility in pastoral systems


  1. 1-page cover letter emailed to maziwa.ngombe\ with a brief summary of the film and an explanation of how it addresses at least two of the criteria
  2. Submission of the film (minimum 1080p downloadable video) through the Film Freeway uploading platform:
  3. If the film is not in English, please include English captions



Exhibition: The festival curation team will review the submitted films and select some of them for public showing. By submitting my film, I understand that it may be screened for public showing as part of the 2019 Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival, and I authorise the festival organisers to do so.

Permissions & Rights: I have obtained written permissions and rights to use all of the copyrighted material contained in my submitted work, including but not limited to consents from people included and music licenses for any commercial music. I will provide proof of such permissions upon request. I will be fully responsible for any problems, legal or otherwise, resulting from failure to obtain proper consents, releases or licenses.


  • 1 May 2019: Opening date for submissions
  • 30 June 2019: Final deadline for film submissions including all application materials
  • 1 August 2019: Notification date
  • 17 September 2019: Event date


  • Short documentary film: €15
  • Short narrative film: €15
  • Experimental film/video: €15