Sesotho Media & Development (SM&D) is a non-governmental organisation based in Maseru, Lesotho. It has evolved over the past 23 years – since 1999.
SM&D was born out of a knowledge and understanding of Lesotho, its people and its history and a realisation of the power of appropriate locally produced film and facilitated discussion to engage people in exploring and understanding themes, challenging and shifting attitudes and behaviours, and disseminating information in support of human rights.
SM&D operates countrywide through battery powered mobile cinema units, giving the organisation the ability to reach rural and remote communities with facilitated film screenings and discussions. A team of trained youth facilitators led discussions with their peers, supported by external technical experts on the issues that are being addressed.
SM&D has established partnerships with diverse organisations, including NGOs focusing on various Human Rights issues both locally and internationally.
Networking and partnering with local organisations improves the organisation’s capacity to supply the growing demand for SM&D’s services across Lesotho. SM&D is audited every 6 months by an external auditing firm.
Foreign partners have been very helpful in three particular domains: funding, capacity building of staff and offering platforms to network and exchange experiences with other organisations.
Once a year, since 2011, SM&D organizes the Lesotho Film Festival to give a platform to young local filmmakers to use film as a tool to share authentic experiences on social, economic and cultural issues

Four awards will be given out as part of the Lesotho International Film Festival.  Also, a distinguished panel of four jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juries Prize.”

Rules & Terms
1.Submissions must incorporate the theme " Telling African Stories
2.Submissions can be from all genres and can include song, animation, spoken poetry etc.
3.All selected films will be streamed online and screen on selected venues around Lesotho.
4. Filmmakers can use their own original music in their film, or they may use music that is copyright-free or public domain.
5. The film cannot depict drug use in a recreational manner or include sex and nudity.-free or public domain.
6.By submitting your film, you agree and abide by the terms of Lesotho International Film Festival

Festival is free of charge.

Overall Rating
  • Catherine Meyburgh

    Such a great festival in Lesotho. Thank you for the Best Documentary award and insightful discussions.

    January 2024