Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) 3rd Edition will run from 28th to 30th April, 2023 with the Theme "Be Curious to Change/Dadisi Utatue". KIAFF will provide a large-scale setting for presenting the beautiful works of world animated films with special focus on East African Animation films. KIAFF will be a 3 days festival that will showcase quality animation films from around the world. The Festival will be set in Dar es Salaam, a commercial city of Tanzania.
The Kwetu International Animation Film Festival will revive the history of Animation Cinema in East Africa. This festival is created for the public to socialize and also developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical animated cinematic exploration of social and development issues.
KIAFF will bring the big stars of international cinema to Dar es Salaam and it will discover and develop new talents to Africa and the global. KIAFF will accompany animation filmmakers on their path into the spotlight and support their careers, visions, projects, dreams and works.
KIAFF is the new HUB for animation cinema in East Africa.

The festival’s center piece will be its competition sections for only one genre (animation): –
1. Feature films (from 45min)
2. Short films (5sec to 40min)
3. Made in Africa ( Films made by African in Africa)
Winners of each category will be determined by international juries, who will award the TEMBO Award to the winners. There will be other three special awards for Best Animated Commercial Ad, Special Jury Mention and Audience Award.

The non-competition sections will feature the works of established filmmakers, notable films of various national cinemas, animated films that have made their mark in film history.

• Best Feature
• Best Short
• Made in Africa
• Best East African
• Best Script/Story
• Best Sound
. Best Character
• Special Jury Mention
• Best Commercial Ad
• Audience Award

Submissions must be for the films produced in 2021, 2022 and no later than February 2023. KIAFF will also accept rough cut but the film must be finalized before Feb 20th, 2023. The competition is primarily oriented towards all animation filmmakers new and old from all over the world but with more focus on Africa.


Overall Rating
  • It was great to be a part of this!

    April 2022
  • Francis Wairura

    It was such a great experience. Thank you KIAFF

    April 2022
  • Kay Carmichael

    Aaah thank you for having our film Troll Girl at your lovely festival! It was a definite honor!

    April 2022
  • Despite the challenges that came with covid. The organisers communicated frequently and on time. The management did a fantastic in pulling this off.

    June 2021
  • Pencil Design Studio

    It was a good experience for us at the festival.Wish them all th luck for their coming years.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much.