Warm greetings from Kabale district, the home of the African Film Festival! It is here, nestled in the towering hills and early morning mist, that Winston Churchill beheld the beauty of the land and christened it ‘The Switzerland of Africa ‘.

The African Film Festival focuses on films made by Africans and those in the African Diaspora. Additionally, we will be showcasing films shot in Kabale, Uganda – an exciting birth of local stories being told through the medium of film.

Last year, our festival was opened by the RT. Honourable Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, and the Governor of Kisumu Kenya, his Excellence Professor Peter Nyong'o. We also welcomed the Ugandan High Commissioner to Canada, Kisumu's Minister of Arts, Culture and Tourism, and filmmakers from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, the UK, Canada, and the US.

The African Film Festival is a celebration of what is possible when the best of two worlds meet. The festival is a result of the collective vision of United in Film, a Canadian-based film not-for-profit, and Reel Impact Foundation, a Ugandan film charity based in Kabale, two organizations that are working together to support filmmaking in Kabale through the provision of a free, two year training program, modern filmmaking equipment, scholarships to attend international film festivals and conferences, and monetary grants available for use towards the creation of their movies.

This is your chance to join us in making history, as we create a sustainable, indigenous film industry in Uganda!

Prizes will be awarded for the best film in each category.

Your film must be eligible for the category within which it has been submitted. All movies submitted must have been completed no earlier than July 1, 2018.

Travel support will be provided to filmmakers based in East Africa, with travel for filmmakers from other regions considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Grace Matu

    Very organized festival with warm and welcoming people. It was a great opportunity to interact and network with professional filmmakers from all over the world. Looking forward to participate in the next editions!

    February 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Ah, thanks, Grace! It was such a pleasure hosting you in Kabale, and we can hardly wait to welcome you again!