The first AfryKamera Film Festival was organized by FilmGramm Foundation in cooperation with the South African Embassy during the months of April-June 2006. It aimed to use cinematography to bring Africa to the attention of the Polish public. The 1st AfryKamera premiered in Warsaw and also ran in Krakow, Poznan, Lodz, Torun and Konin. The unbelievable media interest and good ticket sales during the first festival in 2006 confirmed our belief that Africa is a theme of immense interest to a growing number of people. Since the very 1st edition, AfryKamera has been well covered in the Polish media, which confirms the great marketing potential of such an event for Africa in general, as well as, for sponsors and patrons.
As it stands AfryKamera is the first African Film Festival in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the largest African-themed event in Poland and the wider region.
Since 2019 AfryKamera is now organized in December as the last event of the year.
AfryKamera has managed to occupy a niche in the film festival market – although there are many international film festivals, they generally show a limited range of African films. AfryKamera is therefore the only festival in Poland dedicated purely to films from the continent. In the past few years the festival has decided to explore new avenues not only in the art of cinematography, but also in the presentation of African art, music, and culture.
The main events of the African Film Festival AfryKamera take place in Warsaw, Poland, traditionally in the capital city's premier arthouse cinemas. The 2020 event will last 10 days days and presents 15-25 full length features and documentaries as well as some 20 short films from around the continent and from the African diaspora. The key motto of the festival is "Made in Africa", as the focus is put on the quality of movie-making on the continent and the enhanced capacity to make world-class movies.
For the XVIth edition we would especially like to ask for movies for our block Archipelago Africa (focused on the island states of Africa) and/or dealing with ecological issues.
We are also starting a new Diaspora segment #BlackFilmsMatter and welcome all interesting entries in this regard.
Traditionally juries awards prizes for best full-length narrative or documentary feature, while an Audience Award for Best Full Length Feature – an audience award for the best narrative full-length feature or documentary
Similar awards are also handed out for short films:
Jury Award for Best Short Film – awarded by a jury for the best short film
Audience Award for Best Short Film – an audience award for the best short film
SECTIONS AND AWARDS
AfryKamera plans to organize the following sections:
I. AfroSelekta - narrative or documentary features from Africa and the African diaspora, with regards to prizes the festival will not differentiate betwee narrative or documentary
II. AfroShorts - up to 40 minutes – both narrative and documentaries
In order for movies to be selected films must satisfy at least two of the below conditions:
- the film must be set in Africa;
- the director of the film must be of African origin (this includes members of the African diaspora);
- the film must relate to issues, which directly or indirectly concern the historical or current social, economic or cultural situation in Africa or the African diaspora.
• Films must not have been screened in previous editions of AfryKamera.
• Production dates for the movie are no older than 1st January 2018.
• Films should be submitted via link or downloadable file for preview screening. Preferred final screening formats are DCP, BLURAY or HD files (.mov, etc.). Other formats can be accepted after prior agreement.
SCHEDULING OF SCREENINGS
Scheduling the screening of films is the responsibility of the festival management. The dates, times and venues of exhibition of films shall be at the discretion of the festival under prior consultation as to print copy availability dates with the distributor. No film, once programmed, may be withdrawn from the festival.
DISPATCH AND RETURN OF COPIES
Dispatch of prints to and from the festival and related expenses are the responsibility of organisers. However should a screening product come from another festival, the prior festival should be responsible for shipping and/or postal expenses.
Any potential preview or viewing copies will be archived by the Festival. This does not mean that the transfer any copyrights of the films. Any future screenings must be therefore agreed upon with the legal owner of each copy.
ACCEPTANCE OF REGULATIONS
The party responsible for sending the application form will be the sole negotiator during future contacts, unless the mentioned party explicitly states otherwise.
Entry and participation of films will be taken as acceptance of the above regulations.
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