Txan Film Productions & Visual Arts, an award-winning independent film and visual arts production company dedicated to responsible and culturally relevant productions representing the Pan-African Diaspora, announces the launch of its inaugural DJARFOGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The 5-day international film festival will take place Tuesday, November 9 to 13, 2021, in Fogo, Cape Verde.

DIFF is a nonprofit organization under the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and Cape Verde Islands. In response to a need for cinematic courses, it was founded by Guenny K. Pires and his partners, Jeremy Gredone, Cedric O'Bannon, Vasco Pires, Guemysson Pires, and Ernesto Alves, in support of a need for courses in film studies, production, post-production, and distribution that address the lack of representation of African filmmakers and creators in traditional film programs.
It incorporates an International Film Festival, Visual Arts Education, and Academic/Cultural Exchange to awaken young Africans, Cape Verdeans, particularly Foguenses, to cinematographic art, providing the unique opportunity to learn the craft of visual storytelling.

DIFF focuses on cinematographic, visual media production, and live broadcasting. In addition, we provide training in film production, post-production, distribution, multiculturalism, and sustainable local development strategies.

This program, promoted by a team of professionals in the fields of film production, education, culture, and the creative industries, promotes film screenings, workshops, masterclasses focused on digital cinema, and lectures related to the importance of the history and culture of Lusophone Africa focusing on the artistic, cultural potential of Cape Verde and a celebration of Fogo's history and culture.

In addition, DIFF intends to promote the island of Fogo as part of the World Biosphere Reserve approved by UNESCO in 2020. We also have a sizeable cultural program and producing short films on traditional medicine, coffee, wine, music, dances, and elderly local stories.

We believe that every culture has its own stories and narratives, shared as entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and enlightenment of moral values. Storytelling is the artistic expression of humanity, and each story opens a window into the community to which it belongs.

DIFF intends to pay tribute to African filmmakers, scholars, and personalities by sharing human stories using the power of visual storytelling and arts to evoke positive social reform and commending living conditions for those with more poverty.

The festival will bring filmmakers, distributors, T.V. program buyers, journalists, audiovisual producers, and aspiring film students across the Americas, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean Islands, French and Portuguese-speaking countries across the Pan-African Diaspora.

DJARFOGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL showcases feature-length films, documentaries, shorts, and animation. In addition, it includes film screenings, post-film conversations, workshops, masterclass, and celebration of Fogo's history and culture. Our goal is to feature film directors, producers, artists, and people interested in bringing their vision and contribution to developing the film industry in Africa, including the Canary Islands, the Caribbean Islands, and African Diaspora.

DJARFOGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL intends to promote African Cinema as it plays a social, cultural, and economic role and possesses a high creative film-specific originality, bringing a fresh jive into world cinema. It also explores distribution and co-production opportunities and international film markets such as Durban FilmMart, European Film Market, and American Film Market. With more than 530 films submitted, the event expects to screen more than 100 films and reach more than 35,000 spectators locally, and more than 200,000 people, including Cape Verdeans from the Diaspora, broadcast via live-streaming in 2021, making it one of the largest Cape Verde and C.P.L.P. film festivals.

We are particularly committed to screening works by filmmakers connected to the Portuguese-speaking countries, the Caribbean, and the West Africa area; however, we screen works by filmmakers worldwide.

This promotion involves the participation of local, national, and international schools, universities, television stations, filmmakers, producers, and companies operating in the areas of tourism, information, and communication technologies.

To introduce and train students in all forms of filmmaking for the 'big' and 'little' screen, including documentaries, feature films, short films, programs for scripted and unscripted television, and corporate and commercial film production.

Our primary goal is to connect Africa with its Diaspora by teaching a powerful program on visual storytelling and the film industry. Also, creating bonds of friendship with Cape Verde will allow for human and cultural exchanges between the various personalities and professionals present at the event.

Considering the importance of promoting academic and cultural exchange experiences, we will host films, filmmakers, students, and professors from Brazil, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Sao Tome and Principe. Also, students and professors from Boston Public Schools, Leominster High School, Los Angeles City College, Mount Saint Mary's University, Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History, N.C.U. (U.S.A.), the University of Santiago, University of Cape Verde, Lusophone University, Atlantic Technical University, and the all-High Schools of Cape Verde.

Txan Film Productions & Visual Arts is a Production Company under the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and Cape Verde Islands is an independent motion picture production company assembled from creative and business entertainment industry professionals with a common goal of producing the independent film The Heart of Amilcar Cabral. The Company has been engaged in film production and visual arts education for the past sixteen years.

T.F.P.V.A. is associated with over two hundred filmmakers, producers, and distributors' organizations from 57 countries worldwide, Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific, North America, and Latin America. We produce films that portray/represent the historical and fictional stories that capture the African Diaspora's essence – primarily the West Coast of Africa, including French and Portuguese-speaking countries, islands of the Caribbean, Cape Verde Islands, and the Americas in a unique method of quality filmmaking.

Padre Pio Gottin Auditorium, Casas Do Sol, E.M.E., P.B.S., Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History, NUC, Presidency of the Republic of Cape Verde, Instituto Pedro Pires, Canon Burbank, Boston Public Schools, Mount Saint Mary University/Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles City College (U.S.A.), Association of Municipalities Fogo/Brava, Angolan Investment Bank Cape Verde (B.A.I.C.V.), Girasol Gr., Hotel Santa Maria, UNESCO, C.P.L.P., Amílcar Cabral Foundation, Government of Cape Verde, Fespaco, Happy Childhood Foundation, José Maria Neves Foundation, Morabeza Intercultural Society, Lda., Cape Verde Film and Audiovisual Association, CM Praia, Isatour, Lda, Raiz di Polon, Hotel Casa Marisa, Casa Danilo Montrond, Casa Fernando, Orfeão da Praia, Aldino Cardoso, Associação Criatura, Kira's Boutique Hotel, Hotel Santos Pina, Qualitur, O.M.C.V., Zebra Travel, R.T.C., Enapor, Portos de Cabo Verde, Embassy of Cape Verde (U.S.A.,) Embassy of the U.S.A. in Cape Verde, Olof Palme International Center (Sweden), Actor, Activist, Producer Danny Glover, Marcus Garvey School, Directors Guild of America, BadWest-Black Filmmakers West, International Documentary Association, Boavista Consulting (U.S.A.), Parklight Films (Sydney, Australia), Real Ficção, Lda., Meg & Plus (Portugal) Afrykamera Festival (Poland), Nos Ku Nos Association (Austria), Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), Casa de Criação Cinema (Brazil), African Asian Latin American Film Festival, Embassy of Cape Verde (Italy.)

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- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short Film
- Best Short Documentary
- Best Student Short
- Best Animated Short

Jury Award:
- Best Feature Film
- Best Actress
- Best Actor
- Best Cinematography
- Best Director

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking:
- Directing
- Feature Film
- Acting
- Screenwriting
- National Film
- Cinematography
- Editing
- Short Film


1) A downloadable file of your Film
2) Screenshot (no writing) from your film/ Minimum 6x4" @ 300 dpi
3) Synopsis of your Film
4) Valid email and phone number for us to use to contact you.

Films submitted must be available for EXHIBITION as:
- QuickTime
- H264

Please be sure you have turned the DOWNLOAD option on in FilmFreeway, or it's available on your Vimeo or Youtube Links.


We will email you directly upon receiving and processing your submission if you have not been emailed your submission was not received.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits required to present their work. The DJARFOGO International Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the task. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival; however, DIFF is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.


Films submitted must be available in Portuguese or English original language with Portuguese and English subtitles. Accepted movies must be available in the designated exhibition format.


The scheduling of films is determined by the Festival. The DJARFOGO International Film Festival (DIFF) permits up to three screenings of invited films at the DIFF, including both public and private screenings. The Festival assumes your consent to up to three screenings unless we receive a written petition otherwise. The date(s), time(s), and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the sole discretion of the Festival.


The Festival expects that the filmmaker and any other guests attending with the Film will be present for, at minimum, the first public screenings of the Film for both the introduction and question-and-answer session.


(1) By submitting a film to DIFF for Festival consideration, the submitter (the "Applicant") represents that he, she, or they have obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers, and other authorized representatives of the Film whose consent is required to submit the Film to DIFF (the "Film Owners") and screen the Film at the Festival, and has read, understood and agreed to the Terms.

(2) DIFF may disqualify or reject, but is not required to do so, any submission that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with these Terms, and may do so without refunding any or all submission fees paid by the Applicant or returning the Applicant's submission.

The exhibition copy supplier will be responsible for the cost of the shipment to the DIFF. The DJARFOGO International Film Festival will return the print postage prepaid to the supplier or the next destination, as indicated by the supplier (Features only). Entry materials and short films will not be returned.

The DJARFOGO International Film Festival takes the utmost care in the handling of your entry. The DIFF does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.


(I) Films submitted to DIFF for Festival consideration under these Terms must be submitted in one of the categories set out below.

(II) Films that do not meet the eligibility requirements for any of the below categories should not be submitted and will not be considered by DIFF.

(III) For the below categories, "Cape Verdean" films are films that were directed by a Cape Verdean citizen or permanent resident of Cape Verde and list Cape Verde as one of the countries of production. All other films are considered "international" films.

(IV) Submission categories:

*Cape Verdean feature films with run times of 50 minutes or longer.

*Cape Verdean Documentary Features films with run times of 50 minutes or longer.

*Cape Verdean Shorts films with run times of 40 minutes or less.

*International Features international feature films with run times of 50 minutes or longer.

*International Documentary Features documentary feature films with run times of 50 minutes or longer.

*International Shorts films with run times of 40 minutes or less.

(V) DIFF will accept submissions that have already premiered in Cape Verde (except for Fogo), but the Film's premiere status will be taken into consideration when final programming decisions are made.

(VI) A film will not be eligible for consideration and should not be submitted if:

a) The Film was completed before December 31, 2018;

b) The DIFF accepts a rough cut (RC) submitted to DIFF for festival consideration only (note that you must submit a "final cut" of your film to DIFF, provided that the Film still meets our eligibility requirements. We define a "final cut" as a Film that has undergone substantial changes, including, but not limited to: editing, reshoots, or new run time.

Please submit a brief statement with your submission regarding the final cut);

(c) the Film and new run time:
(d) had theatrical releases, or
(e) has aired on television, or
(f) has been available on a public streaming platform; or
(g) the Film has been publicly posted or exhibited online in any part of the world

DIFF reserves the right to rule, in its sole discretion, on cases and situations not foreseen by these Terms.

(VII) All Feature and Short Films must be submitted as online screeners via FilmFreeway (as described below). All selected films must be available to screen in QT/H264 or DVD format by October 28, 2021.


Submission Procedure

1. All Films submitted under these Terms must be submitted by the procedure outlined herein. DIFF may, but is not required to, disqualify or reject any Film that is not submitted in this way.

2. To submit a Film for Festival consideration, an Applicant must: (a) complete the registration process at FilmFreeway or www.djarfogofilm.org

3. Provide to DIFF an online screener via FilmFreeway (for Feature Films and Short Films) for review by DIFF programming staff. DIFF does not accept submissions in other formats, including DVDs discs, external online links, downloadable files, or trailers.

4. Applicants should test their online screeners thoroughly before submitting them, and ensure their online screener remains active on FilmFreeway until October 20, 2021. The Applicant has sole responsibility for ensuring that the submitted online screener plays in its entirety. The screener must contain Portuguese subtitles if the original language is not Portuguese.

5. DIFF will not review multiple versions of a submitted Film. Only one version of the Film may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, DIFF will view only the version that was received first.

6. Screeners will not be returned.

7. Notifications will be emailed. All correspondence will be done through email, only through the original submitter. Please ensure that you have provided us with your correct/valid email and a valid phone number.