Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) 2nd Edition will run from 8th to 10th April, 2022 with the Theme "The Art of Communication/Tuwasilishe Kisanii". 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 2020, 2021 and no later than February 2022. KIAFF will also accept rough cut but the film must be finalized before Feb 20th, 2022. 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
  • 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.

  • It was a great experience participating in KIAFF. Thank you so much for selecting my film Sense Nonsense. I am really happy about this initiative to promote local animation. Hoping to be the part of KIAFF next year as well.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Harish. Looking forward for more films next year

  • Jessica Laurent

    Kwetu International ANimation Film Festival was done online due to COVID restrictions and it was a beautiful event! It had strong films in competitions and a warm award ceremony by zoom at the end, in which I was lucky to see my work "WATER" awarded the best ad award. I really hope I will be able to come to this festival in person next year as both the values and the work done by the organizers/jury resonated in me. Thank you Kwetu, best of luck for your next edition and of course, I really recommend this festival!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank You Jessica and again congratulations.