Our theme is simple and it is just one word: INNOVATION

We encourage filmmakers to come up with innovative concepts and tell unique stories that promote peace and prosperity in their countries.

Promote international solidarity and a myriad of opportunities for filmmakers, businesses and broadcasters through film.
Create a self sustainable film industry and a new world class breed of filmmakers.

Background History
The Ekurhuleni International Film Festival was formed as a result of Siyafunda Programme an initiative by Rhythm Cycle Trading Projects in partnership With Ekurhuleni’s Metropolitan Municipality: Department: SRAC: Performing Arts division .The purpose of the Programme is to empower the unemployed youth economically and provide them with vital filmmaking skills. Promote the local businesses in the film industry and promote Social cohesion and mainstream youth development. Promoting indigenous music and instruments and participation in the arts is one of the key roles of the Programme.

The Cinematography wing of the project initiated the Ekurhuleni International Film Festival through one of its partners Rhythm Cycle Projects a local Film & Television film production company. The purpose of the festival is to empower Emerging local and international filmmakers. This will provide filmmaking skills; create networking opportunities with local and international broadcasters. This will also promote the local businesses through the film industry and mainstream economic development across a myriad of sectors of the economy.

Introduce young aspirant filmmakers to wildlife filmmaking
Educate the people about the natural world and films
Create networking opportunities for local filmmakers, broadcasters and funders
Promote indigenous music
Enrichment of the arts
Promote culture and heritage
Boost tourism
Mainstream youth development
Attract broadcasters
Create jobs and economic opportunities

Aims & Objectives
1.To ensure that every government department has a progress report on video in preparation for the next financial year.
2.To educate people how our government operates and help them identify what, how they can contribute to boost our economy and get benefits.
3.To develop an advertising medium for SMMEs, Big companies, banks and Educational institutions to generate revenue for the project to empower participants while they are studying.
4.To create a local film industry that will alleviate poverty in rural areas by making films that will tell their stories and attract the international market.
5.To transfer filmmaking skills to the youth out of school and the unemployed.
6.Showcase South Africa’s storytelling talent and introduce a new generation of characters through film and TV productions .
7.To establish partnerships with other territories to implement Co-Production Treaties that RSA signed with other countries to grow our local film industry.

Welcome and Official Opening
Networking Sessions
Fun walks
Wine tasting
Ekurhuleni International Film Awards

Laurels, Trophies, Certificates & Prizes.

1.We need innovative content which has no copyright infringement.
2.Fill in the submission form on the website under submission.
3.Previous winners are not allowed to enter.
4.We do not have prize money we only offer laurels, certificates and trophies.
5.The decision of our judges is final no correspondence will be entered into.
6.No replication and duplication of films is allowed.
7.If your film is in any language other than English please do English subtitles.
8.Please provide accurate information so that we can compile your stuff accurately.
10.Last but not least we wish you all the best.

Overall Rating
  • Courtney Sanello

    Thank you! FIRST REFUSAL for best international short film - from such a reputable festival - we are truly grateful. Thank you!

    February 2024
  • Takashi Yuki

    My film "DitO" was
    won the Best International Feature Film Award 2023.
    It is a great honor.
    I am sorry that I could not attend the film festival, but....
    Thank you for the wonderful memories.

    Takashi Yuki (Director of DitO)

    Praying for the restoration of the website.

    January 2024

    We are really proud to have parteciped at this Festival with our project "LUCY - A pioneer destiny"!

    January 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you

  • Thank you very much for nominating our film " Mad Scientists:A. I. Maxima". We are grateful to receive this wonderful honor. We highly recommend this festival to all of fellow filmmakers. Great experience, see you next time :)

    January 2024
    Response from festival:

    It is a pleasure Antonia . We are looking forward to see you submit again this year. Wishing you all the best in your film production endeavours

  • Russell Emanuel

    Great film festival that treated us well! Thank you so much!

    January 2024