Since 2013, African Diaspora Cinema Festival (ADCF) has become the international beacon for the African diaspora film and arts communities. The seventh edition of the African Diaspora Cinema Festival is coming up on the 28th of June to 1st of July 2023. As the critically acclaimed biggest Black film and arts festival, showcasing music with live performance, dance and fashion exhibition in the beautiful renaissance city of Florence, hosted by Villa Romana Cultural Institut in their neoclassic building in Florence. ADCF attracts filmmakers, artists, and unique craftspeople from over 50 countries across the globe to the city of Florence annually, to showcase their work and talent.

Thus, ADCF has become the quintessential global celebration of African Diaspora cultures
in Italy. Annually, ADCF continues to receive hundreds of high-quality Black films from the U.S., Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the South Pacific, Canada, and Asia.
ADCF yearly hosts some of the most vibrant film directors, actors, musicians stylist and runways by fashion mentors. It also presents inspiring and informative panels and workshops featuring top industry professionals and showcases rare cinematic gems followed by filmmaker Q & As. ADCF is more than entertainment, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival.

Established in 2013 by Fide Dayo a filmmaker, African Movie Academy Award nominee (Ben Kross, Minister), ADCF is a non-profit organisation that has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. History taught us that times of great challenges are also times of great opportunity to redefine ourselves and evolve. In February 2020, the world stood still due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without cinemas and venues to explore the beloved medium of film. ADCF refuse using the streaming technology.

ADCF’s vision is to raise awareness about Africa Cinema, its vast potentials and the socio-economic impact it has not only on African economies but gradually expanding to other parts of the world’s economy as well. Our aim is to use cinema to create a revolution that will change the social and economical horizon of Africa, by creating the way to the countless number of films produced in Africa and by the African diaspora filmmakers.

Film is a powerful platform that is better able to attract and engage people in constructive activity and providing enjoyment, enlivening spaces and enriching lives. Film and art can lead to a better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Music Documentary
Best African Contemporary Dance
Best Cinematography
ADCF Jury Award
Villa Romana Award

Films must fit into one of the six categories: Feature Film, Short Film, Short Documentary, Feature Documentary, Music Documentary, Human Rights, Environmental and Student. All films must be submitted in English or subtitled in English, films with subtitles in italian are also accepted.

Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. films selected must be submitted in MP4 downloadable files, must be available not later than 10th of June 2023 for screening during the African Diaspora Cinema Festival. Films produced before 2019 will not be accepted to the festival.

Feature length Films must not be less than 70 minutes (recommended length 100 minutes).
Films must be short narratives of not less than 10 minutes (recommended length 40 minutes).
Films must be Short Documentary not less than 15minutes (recommended length 40 minutes).
Films must be Feature Documentary not less than 70 minutes (recommended length 100 minutes).
Films must be Music Documentary not less than 15 minutes (recommended length 90)
Please include a concise and complete press kit on submission.

Only films selected will be considered for competition. MP4 and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. They will be destroyed after the final screenings at the film festival.

Overall Rating
  • Victor Claude

    Thank you for this selection at the festival! The atmosphere was very relaxed, with beautiful films and very interesting exchanges with the public. The screening location, the gardens of the Villa Romana in Firenze is magnificent.

    June 2022
  • My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our participation to this festival. We did not expect to receive so much love and support of this festival's community of fans and professionals. All the conversations inspired and motivated us to keep going and to one day come back with something even bigger and better!!

    June 2022