Hello Everyone. Thank you for taking your time to know about us. Warm welcome to Africa Human Rights Film Festival, a signature event on the African continent that you should not miss.


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.


An Africa with 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 in rural, marginalised and urban areas.


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
Our Objectives

i) To raise awareness of human rights in marginalized, rural and urban communities through film screenings.

ii) To engage and lobby African political and economic blocs (African Union, SADC, COMESA and ECOWAS) through film screenings and discussions.

iii) To equip young people, women, minorities, and human rights defenders with multimedia skills through training workshops to enable them to tell their own human rights issues through film.

iv) Institutional Development: To raise financial and human resources, and establish relevant institutional structures to deliver on all of the Festival objectives.


a) The Festival will host, on a rotational basis an annual Africa Human Rights Film Festival in different African countries to raise awareness and respect of human rights in rural and urban marginalized communities.

b) Establishing and managing a virtual library of human rights films accessible to the rural and urban communities, civil society and schools.

c) Through partnerships, host the monthly LAST THURSDAY FILM CLUB screenings in various African cities, townships and rural areas raising awareness on human rights issues affecting them.

d) The Festival will screen films during the sitting of key political and governance African institutions to influence respect for human rights and policy.

e) Film screenings to raise awareness on the sidelines of major events such as the Africa Mining Indaba and World Economic Forum.

f) Multimedia skills training workshops for young people in marginalized rural and urban communities.

g) Training workshops for human rights defenders and journalists to optimally utilize multimedia in their work.

h) Use social and traditional media to create an awareness of human and advocate for their respect.

i) The Festival will embark on fundraising activities to support its core objectives, institutional human and technical resources.

j) Staff development will be enhanced through exchange programs and refresher courses.

Best Documentary Film
Best Short Documentary Film
Best Feature Film
Best Short film
Best Animation Film
Best Experimental Film
Best VR
Best Music Video
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Social Impact Film
Special Awards will be presented to honour extra ordinary human rights defenders .

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 videos selected as best 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
  • Jim Kroft

    An absolute privilege to have screened with Africa Human Rights Film Festival. Wonderful personal communication (gratefully received), an extraordinary location for screening, and engaged community of people working hard both to push Human Rights in Africa and beyond, and also the work of independent film makers. Thank you so much everyone! Jim (from The March of Hope)

    October 2019