18 July 2019


Call for Entries: 3rd FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2019


Africa's first animated short film festival, coming this November as part of DISCOP Johannesburg, is looking for kids’ content; submission deadline is September 1.

The African Animation Network has partnered with DISCOP Markets for the third edition of Africa's first animated short film festival, FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL.  Launched in 2017 in Johannesburg, the programs have screened in over nine African countries and Brazil. In the past, the festival has showcased shorts from across Africa, including the highly acclaimed comedy film A Kalabanda Ate My Homework by Raymond Malinga. The film, which explored the heights of a child’s imagination, won Best Short Film at FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2018 and has gone on to win several other awards across Africa.

The festival aims to bring attention to the African animation industry by showcasing the best animated shorts the continent has to offer. By targeting children and their parents, the event promotes African stories for family viewing.

FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL is looking for the best African animated content, aimed at audiences 2 to 12 years old, to be part of a 1-hour screening. Submissions are being accepted in the following categories:

    Best Animation Short Film
    Best Animation TV Short Films, Episodes and Webisodes
    Best Commissioned Animation Short Films
    Best Graduation Animation Short Films
    Best Overall Animation

Short films aimed at kids, with a run time of no longer than 5 minutes, will be accepted for consideration. This year’s festival will launch during DISCOP Johannesburg in November 2019 before embarking on another journey across the continent.

Entries close on September 1, 2019.

For more information on submissions, visit the festival website.


Urusaro film festival

Founded in 2015 by a group of Rwandan women filmmakers, the URUSARO International Women Film Festival is an annual celebration and cultural exhibition that promotes a woman in cinema for the benefit of the society and gender equality.

The 2019 edition that will take place between October 4th – 11th under the theme: “Woman: Pillar of Cinema,” is now accepting film submissions for the festival.

All nominated films will be screened during the festival week (4th to 11th October, 2019).
Winning films will be awarded during the Closing ceremony scheduled on 11th October, 2019. The Award categories for 2019 are:

    National Short Fiction
    National Documentary
    East African Short Fiction
    East African Documentary
    Africa Short Fiction
    African Documentary
    African Feature Fiction

For the 2019 edition, the Urusaro Festival boldly defines woman as “a firm upright support for cinema.” What if the contribution of women lacks in making films? Will cinema survive once women are taken apart? Will cinema stay be a superstructure once women are excluded? Those are some of the key questions the URUSARO IWFF tries to answer in a most practical way.

During the festival guests can enjoy film screening of films in competition and panorama sections, Additionally, a “Let’s Make Docs!” training program, master-classes and panel discussions will round out the festival program.

The Urusaro International Women’s Film Festival is a part of the Women’s Film Festival Network created by The Ladima Foundation as party of its support of women in the film industry across Africa. This network also includes The Udada International Women’s Film Festival in Nairobi, The International Women’s Film Festival Contonou in Benin, and Uganda’s Celebrating Womanhood / Native Voices Festival.  For more information: https://www.ladima.africa/

 Submission details for Urusaro are below:

Submission DEADLINE: Friday 16 August, 2019; 5.00 PM (GMT+2)
Official Selection: Monday 26 August, 2019.

Eligibility instructions:
• DIRECTED by a female; and a male only if it narrates a story around a woman on a basis of positivity,
• Not produced before 2017,
• Be in English OR Subtitled in English,
• For Pre-selection purpose, films will be sent via: PRIVATE Vimeo OR PRIVATE YouTube link
• Required Video formats: .vob/.mov/.mp4
• Resolution: HD 1920x1080pi
• Aspect Ratio 16:9
• Selected films to be sent via WeTransfer (After official mailing)

To apply please follow the link and all relevant instructions: