The MAMA AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 festival theme is: Legendary Women.

The characters who inhabit our screen stories have the ability to shape who we are, who we aspire to be, and how we view the world around us. Cinema has an incredible power to influence and challenge constructed portrayals of womanhood yet we continue to see a narrow range of female interaction on film. This year MAMA AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL will therefore play a crucial role in providing a range of truthful depictions of women as change agents and screening examples of women on screen that are smart, resilient, and inspiring. The festival will provide an empowering journey to show the public, girls, women and young aspiring filmmakers that there can be an alternative to the limited and limiting female role models offered in mainstream media. In the words of Geena Davis “If she can see it, she can be it”.
As a runup to the festival we would like to feature and celebrate creative women who are daring to pursue their creative dreams. Follow this link to tell us about your work:

The MAMA AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL will be held in Nairobi. Mama Afrika Film Festival believes today’s film students lead to tomorrow’s world-renowned filmmakers. Daily screenings will be at the Multimedia University of Kenya, Kenyatta University and the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications.

The Festival theme nights will give our guests a cultural night celebrating films and culture and culinary delights of particular countries. The opening ceremony consists of artistic performances and a cocktail party. The closing ceremony is a gala event for presenting awards to filmmakers and, of course, there is a party. Those are already four parties! More are to be announced.

In the film competition, the various categories are awarded.

General Rules
Production must be completed after June 2016.

The films must be by Africans or about African gender issues from around the world.

Submission copies must be PAL format DVD. An English language track or subtitled version is required.
Films can also be submitted online if they are uploaded and a link is provided.

Submissions will not be processed unless all the following have been received:
*Completed Entry form
*3 copies of film/video in PAL DVD

Send hard copies to
Mama Afrika Film Festival
℅ Wanjiru Kinyanjui
P.O BOX 910-00511
Ongata Rongai- Kajiado, Kenya.

For the entry form, click here
For Inquiries email:

Overall Rating
  • Prashant Ingole

    I am happy and proud that my short film BUDH was officially selected and screened at your festival..I am sorry I couldnt make it since being busy in India... Hope the audience loved it...

    Thank you again.
    Prashant Ingole

    October 2018
  • Tope Oshin

    Not sure what happened here. Communication about the festival and screening was just not there.

    June 2017
  • Constance Ejuma

    Any festival that supports and nurtures African female filmmakers and storytellers is one worth getting behind. Truly honored to have won the Best Feature prize.

    November 2016