This year, the main theme is Cosmopolis at the Grassroots and the call is designed to solicit films that raise awareness of the inevitably increasing diverse social and built environment we live in and foster creative efforts towards the making of Cosmopolis of familiar places where we, all of us, can be at home.

Cosmopolitanism as a mode of practice and competence involves the ability of individuals to navigate different cultures and their respective systems of meanings. Yet rarely is the role that place plays explicitly considered as being crucial for the emergence of this mode of practice and competence to occur, develop and be nurtured.  Hence, though cosmopolitanism does not happen in a vacuum, it is usually abstracted from everyday life and usually associated with elite traveling across several borders.

Alternatively, this year film entries call intends to solicit films that look at very localized forms of cosmopolitanism – everyday experiences of cosmopolitanism that occur in our everyday spaces and places. Hence, this year theme, Cosmopolis at the Grassroots, is designed to solicit films that raise awareness of the inevitably increasing diverse social and built environment we live in and foster creative efforts towards the making of Cosmopolis of familiar places where we, all of us, can be at home.

In an innovative way toward mutual learning, the film festival explores the potential applications of film as one of the most ideal formats through which we can understand people’s relations with place.

This event reaches out to scholars, teachers, students and practitioners alike who are searching for alternative methods to conventional data analysis and academic writing to create, investigate, manage, and disseminate knowledge.

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