Started in 2018, the Africa Human Rights Film Festival (AHRFF) is a registered non-profit organization (NPC No: 2018/360641/08) based in Johannesburg, South Africa, whose mission is to use film to generate robust debate, empower African citizens, raise awareness, and promote respect for human rights across Africa. AHRFF uses cutting-edge human rights themed films as advocacy and awareness-raising tools targeting marginalized communities, national and Africa-wide decision-making bodies. AHRFF creates partnerships between human rights defenders, filmmakers, celebrities, investigative journalists, broader civil society and potential funders for coordinated and concerted efforts to promote human rights awareness in Africa through film.

We are looking for engaging and high quality documentary films that are at the intersection of human rights, climate change and the environment. We are particularly keen on films that speak to conditions in the global south.

To achieve high levels of awareness and respect for human rights among policy makers and empowered ordinary citizens in rural, marginalized and urban areas.

To use film to generate robust debate, empower African citizens, raise awareness, and promote respect for human rights across Africa.

To empower African citizens through awareness raising, foster human rights respect across Africa through the showcase of human rights films and equip young people and human rights defenders through multimedia training workshops

For the first time, in our 2023 festival addition, three winning films received USD$2000, thanks to the support from our partner Oxfam.
With this partnership set to continue for our 2024 festival edition, we are looking forward to highly entertaining and engaging films that can be selected for our awards.

Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway's online screener option. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Submission is free. We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements.

All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. Selected films will be announced on or around August 7. All entrants will be notified by email. The festival does not pay rental/screening fees for submitted/selected work. For selected films, exhibition format is Blu-Ray (PAL) or DVD (PAL).

A festival jury will present awards to films and selected in each category.

At the moment, the festival does not pay for airfare, transportation, lodging, meals, parking, etc. These are the responsibility of selected filmmakers wishing to attend. But if funding allows, the festival may foot travel and accommodation for some of the participants

For more information e-mail us at programming@ahrff.com We will respond within 24hrs.

Terms and Conditions:
I have carefully read and understand the complete rules of the festival. By entering your film for consideration for the 2019 African Human Rights Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2019 Africa Human Rights Film Festival. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Africa Human Rights Film Festival, Olive Tree Theatre and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Matthieu Lietaert

    Thanks for the award for THE ILLUSION OF ABUNDANCE. It was a true honor to get our African Premiere at the AHRFF. We also very much appreciated that the festival team asked us permission to use our film not only at the festival, but also at workshops with environmental activits in other cities. This is wat makes a movie alive!

    November 2023
  • Thanks for your great festival

    November 2022
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    Wonderful organization of concerned and gifted people. It is an honor to have our music video, "Freedom Greater than Love" in this influential film festival. Thank you for all you do!

    November 2022
  • julia blagny

    This festival is doing a big, esentail and great work

    November 2022
  • Niloofar Asadi

    I was delighted when my short doc was selected by Africa Human Rights Film Festival, but their correspondences were not beat my expectations from a Film Festival.

    January 2022