Research interests

Manca Filak was born in Novo mesto (1991). She finished postgraduate study at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana. She got a student Prešeren award for her Master thesis that was based on a one-year study exchange in Skopje. She is active in the field of visual anthropology as an author of ethnographic films and documentaries shown at various film festivals around Europe and abroad. She participates at the Days of ethnographic film festival and lectures at the Summer School of Visual Ethnography in Ljubljana.

Selected publications

Selected filmography

- Odnesel te bom na morje / I will carry you to the sea side (2012):

Days of Ethnographic Film Ljubljana (SI, 2013), Asterfest International Film Festival Strumica (MK, 2013) - Second prize SILVER horseshoe; part of permanent exhibition I, we and others: Images of my world in Slovene Ethnographic museum (Ljubljana).

- Kapitan in njegov Petek / Captain and His Friday (2013):

Days of Ethnographic Film Ljubljana (SI, 2014), Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade (SRB, 2014), Ethnographic Film Festival Kratovo (MK, 2013).
Co-author Žiga Gorišek.

- Zvonko in Ivanka / Zvonko and Ivanka (2015):

Etnofilm Festival Rovinj (CRO, 2016) – SPECIAL MENTION, Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade (SRB, 2016), Ethnographic Film Festival Kratovo (MK, 2016), Days of Ethnographic Film Ljubljana (SI, 2017), Sguardi sui territori: Antropologia visuale ed ecomusei - Gemona del Friuli (IT, 2017).
Co-author Žiga Gorišek.

- MLADA NADA / Young Hopefuls (2016):

Grossman Fantastic Film and Wine Festival Ljutomer (SI, 2016), DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival Maribor (SI, 2016), Festival of independent film Ljubljana (SI, 2016), DORF Documentary festival of rock film Vinkovci (CRO, 2017), Jamnarkult Motavun (SI, 2018) – Best film of the festival (Main jury and audience award).
Co-author Žiga Gorišek.

- Заграбване на земята / Land Grabbing (2017):

Sjón International Film Festival Copenhagen (Denmark, 2018); the film is part of the project Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty (Bulgarian NGO Za zemiata - For the Earth).

- Spomini na strica ribiča / Memories of my uncle fisherman (2018):
The film is part of the temporary exhibition The sea – our life, unveiled memories of a fisherman’s family (Slovene ethnographic museum, 2018).

- Lukomir, moj dom / Lukomir, my home (2018):

Days of Ethnographic Film Ljubljana (SI, 2018), SEFF International Ethnographic Film Festival (CRO, 2018), NAFA Nordic Anthropological Film Association (ROM, 2018), Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (USA, 2018), European Association of Social Anthropologists (Biennial Conference: Staying, Moving, Settling) (SWE, 2018), International festival of ethnological film (SRB, 2018), Kratovo ethnographic film festival (MK, 2018), Etnofilm Festival Rovinj (CRO, 2018).
Co-author Žiga Gorišek.


visual anthropology • ethnographic film • visual research • visual media