7 November 2019


The African Emerging Filmmakers Awards: Call for entries

Africa's emerging film

The African Emerging Filmmakers Awards (AEFA) would like to invite all Africa filmmakers to submit their films. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 November 2019 at the Greyville Race Course. The film submissions call out period opened on 20 September 2019 and will close on 2 November 2019.

Film producers of African origin from all over the continent are invited to submit their films. Films from any genre can be submitted in a DVD format. Submissions must be clearly marked with: ‘Film Title’, ‘The Producer’s Name’ and ‘The Producer’s Contact Details’.

Awards catagories:

   Best Actor

   Best Actress

   Best Supporting Actor

   Best Supporting Actress

   Best Film in Vernacular Language

   Best Screen Writer/Story

   Best Director

   Best Editor

   Best Feature Film

   Best Sound

   Best Cinematographer

   Best Student Production

Films can be either hand delivered – during office hours – or mailed to Durban Film Office, 41 Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Rennie House, 11th Floor.

Regrettably, films with technical errors will not be considered. If you have any questions email Ethekwini Filmmakers Association (efa031@gmail.com) or call Happiness Mpase on 074 362 2493.

The African Emerging Filmmakers Awards are hosted by the Ethekwini Filmmakers Association, with the assistance of the Durban Film Office, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, and KZN EDTEA.


Entries now open for the 14th annual South African Film and Television Awards

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture, the custodians of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) recently announced the call for local production companies to submit their entries for the 14th annual SAFTAs.

The announcement was made at the recent NFVF Media Day which took place at the Capital Empire Hotel in Sandton on 15 October.

Established in 2006, the primary objective of the South African Film and Television Awards is to honour, celebrate, promote and reward the creativity, quality, and excellence of South African Film and Television talent and content, and to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent within the industry.

NFVF CEO Makhosazana Khanyile, who was the keynote speaker at the NFVF Media Day, highlighted key changes in the entry guidelines. These include:

   Best Competition Reality Show Award: Awarded to the producer(s) for outstanding achievement in the production and overall success of any programme communicating “real life” situations with a competition element for entertainment purposes, by means of setting out challenges or activities.

   Best Structured or Docu-reality Show Award: Awarded to the producer(s) for outstanding achievement in the production and overall success of any programme communicating “real life” or “life situations” such as the daily activities of a celebrity or resolving issues of ordinary people for entertainment purposes.

Submissions will close on Friday, 15 November 2019 at 17h00.

More information here

PAFF & The Africa Narrative at USC Launch Short Film Competition

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), in partnership with YouTube and The Africa Narrative at USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, announced the opening of submissions for a first-ever YouTube category at the 28th annual Pan African Film Film Festival, scheduled for February 13-23, 2020 in Los Angeles.

The theme for the competition is “2020 Vision,” reflecting the global need to see African characters and situations with clarity and insight. The YouTube category is for story-driven videos of any format, style, and genre of less than 30 minutes in length and filmed on the African continent.

“PAFF has been a pioneer in supporting cinematic storytelling from Africa and the African diaspora for a global audience,” says Ayuko Babu, executive director and a founder of PAFF. “This new category for competition recognizes the power of digital distribution and the growth of YouTube as a part of the African and global entertainment industry.”

The Africa Narrative is a project of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication. Its inaugural research project, “Africa in the Media” measured U.S. media depictions of the continent and revealed that mentions and portrayals of Africa or Africans on popular television shows or in the news are often negative and stereotyped.

“Changing the narrative is at the heart of our mission,” says Michelle van Gilder, founder of The Africa Narrative. “This competition gives filmmakers on the continent the opportunity to reach global and local audiences with stories that counteract damaging stereotypes.”

“YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We hope this will showcase the next wave of film talent in Sub Saharan Africa, one of our fastest growing markets,” says Dayo Olopade, who leads content partnerships in Africa for YouTube.

For more information on submissions guidelines, please visit www.paff.org


United Africa Smart Phone Film Festival,April 11th, 2020

 United Africa

A smartphone film festival is coming to Kenya to spark creativity

Everyone has a creative vision, but not everyone has a camera to bring that vision to life. In Africa, however, many people own a smartphone with a camera. The United Africa Film Festival is a smartphone film festival in Kenya hosted by the White Elephant Art Lodge in Malindi and organized by Dancing Donkey Studios from Prague. The event will take place on April 11th, 2020 and the submissions will open in December.

United Africa Smart Phone Film Festival,April 11th, 2020

United Africa Film Festival is committed to giving everyone the chance to express their creativity through a smartphone. The aim is to create endless possibilities and share imagination through short films made solely on a phone. This will allow many individuals who otherwise would not have the chance to share their creativity, which may open new doors for them. The festival will spark creativity and bring inspired individuals together, creating a lasting community.

To help the African youth make their dreams come true, the organizers started a crowdfunding campaign. You can win different prizes like a digital version of the selected movies, being an official co-producer or even being part of the jury!

We aim to create endless possibilities and share imagination. The festival will allow participants to submit a short film that has been filmed solely on a phone. This will allow many individuals who otherwise would not have the chance to share their creativity, which may open new doors for them. The festival will have no theme, making the possibilities limitless.

The Plan

In order to participate in the majority of film festivals around the world, the filmmaker needs to pay a submission fee. The White Elephant Film Festival wants to give a chance to everyone, which is why the submission will be free for the filmmaker. The event itself will take place at White Elephant in Malindi. There will be screenings of all the films followed by an awards ceremony. Various guest speakers may be invited to give a presentation about the film industry and its opportunities in Africa. An after-party will follow.

Since it will be difficult to reach individuals from all over Africa at the beginning, the first edition of the festival will target people from East Africa only. Slowly but surely, with every year’s new edition, the festival will grow until it has reached dreamers across all of Africa.


Filmmakers from all of Africa. Individuals who want to see their film on a large screen with the curious eye of a jury. The main age range is 15 to 35, but everyone is welcome!


11th of April 2020.

Requirements for film entry:

Length: 5-7 minutes. Films need to be entirely shot on a smartphone. English subtitles need to be added if the film is in another language. Any editing may take place on another device.


Primary categories: Short Fiction, Short Experimental, Short Documentary

Secondary categories: Best actor, Best actress, Best directing, Best cinematography, Best music, Best editing

The winners will receive cash prizes, trophies in the form of statues made by Armando Tanzini, and merchandise.


The White Elephant Art Lodge is a beautiful space connecting the wilderness of nature with the creativity of Armando Tanzini’s art. The film screenings would take place in the conference hall amongst art pieces.


We need a total of 12000€ to make this project reality, to give young African film makers the opportunity of dreaming. This is why we cannot imagine succeeding without the help of the Kickstarter community!

Source: Irish Tech News