The African World Festival is an annual celebration of the African diaspora’s diversity, shared heritage and cultures. The festival is hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI, one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the African-American experience, which houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials. The festival features spoken word performances, live traditional and folk music, dance troupes, arts & crafts and a plethora of food options and other activities for attendees of all ages. Spanning the course of three days with past attendance of over 50,000 people, the festival provides a delightful weekend of educational entertainment and enriching performances.

The 36th Annual AWF will host a film festival to showcase the work of talented independent filmmakers local to Detroit and across the nation. We encourage people from all backgrounds to submit their films focused on people of African descent.

We are accepting all genres: drama, comedy, horror, coming to age, you name it.

Categories (not exclusive to):
Features (Opening April 14th 2019), Shorts, Documentaries, Animation and Music Videos.

August 16-18, 2019

Charles H. Wright Museum Theatre
315 E Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48202

This is your day! We welcome you to please travel to Detroit to your viewing. We will have your results in in enough time to plan for the trip.

African World Film Festival and InkTip are now partners for this years festival, and to celebrate this beautiful partnership we are giving away a InkTip script listing to the winner of this years African World Film Festival! Thats right! On top of being shown at the African World Festival your work will be PUBLISHED on InkTips website for producers to see around the world! So be sure to get your idea in now! You never know who may be watching.

- Audience Choice Award
- Best Actor/Actress Award
- Best Cinematography Award
- Best Best Directors Award
- InkTip publishing opportunity to winner
- 3 month publishing opportunity to to ALL accepted AWFF filmmakers
- 1 year publishing opportunity to to winner of AWFF

1. Short Films must not exceed 20 minutes in length, or less than 3 minutes including credits. Feature films must not be less than 45mins and more that 2 hours in length, including credits.
2. All non-English language films must have English subtitles or no dialogue.
3. A separate non-refundable entry fee is required for each submission.
4. Submissions may NOT be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the Festival.
5. All selected films may be excerpted (up to 2 minutes) for publicity purposes.
6. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically: all acceptance letters will be accompanied by a telephone call: please provide an email address, and telephone number.
7. A DVD copy will need to be sent to the film festival before August 12, 2019.
8. Projects MUST be completed after January 1st, 2019.
9. Filmmaker MUST have proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images projected in their short film.
10. All accepted films will be screened. Please note we do not screen Blu-Ray DVDs.

Feature Film Submissions will open in April 14th 2019.

Overall Rating
  • Amazing film selection during the exciting African World Festival! Everyone was so welcoming and kind, it was awesome to network and talk with the other filmmakers. Will definitely submit again.

    September 2019
  • Lorenzo Menakaya

    Here is a festival that only looked out for good films, they didn't care whether it came from established or burgeoning filmmakers, they gave everyone a chance. AWFF is a festival for every filmmaker with great artistry and quality. My film ORDINARY FELLOWS screened here and it was a glorious experience for me and my crew. Thank you to the organizers and I hope to submit more films in the future. See you at AWFF2020

    September 2019
  • The African World Film Festival was one of the greatest film I have attended. The support from the AWFF team was one out of this world. They made you feel right at home and done everything they could to make your project seem very special. These guys deserve five stars and if I could I would give them six. I encourage all film makers if you hadn't never sent your film to AWFF. If I were you, I wouldn't hesitate in getting it in their next festival.

    August 2019
  • Tewodross Melchishua Williams

    Dope Festival! Very much enjoyed being apart of this.

    December 2018
  • This festival has a lot of promise both as a national and an international venue for films about Black culture in the US and around the World. It is a unique platform in a unique space (The African_American History Museum). It is also wonderful to be able to share your film with audiences from Detroit. I commend the organizers for such an important initiative and I wish them the best in their effort to continue the festival for many years to come.

    September 2018