All films submitted must be shot on a mobile device, in other words, a mobile phone or tablet, drone, GoPro-style camera.

MMOCA has been created to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative filmmaker, who using technology available from a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, action camera or drone) to create stories in a cinematic way.
The festival hopes to function as a career stepping stone for discovering emerging filmmakers in South Africa.
By focusing on mobile filmmaking, we eliminate a lot of the economic constraints, allowing more people to take part and compete in the festival.
The festival is an initiative of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce South Africa, powered by the Consulate - General of Belgium, the Flanders and the Wallonia - Brussels regions and the Flemish Investment and Trade association in South Africa.
MMOCA is an online festival: the videos of all finalists will be uploaded to the festival’s online platform and can be viewed by everyone. The festival will end with a red-carpet awards night at the Belgian Consular Residence in Cape Town. (*depending on Covid-19 regulations).

What are the different categories?

MMOCA is looking for short films (max 5min in length) in the following categories:

Who will be the finalists?

Out of all the entries, 5 finalists per category will be pre-selected by our in-house professional filmmakers’ team.
The films of the 15 finalists, spread over the 3 categories, will be judged by an international panel of filmmaking fundies. There will be one award winner per category.
All finalists are considered winners in their own right.
All finalists will be invited to our red-carpet MMOCA Awards Night in the Belgian Consular Residence in Cape Town.

What are the awards and prizes?

A production grant of R 10.000 for the winner of each category: the award winner will be asked to use this grant to produce a promotional film for the sponsor of the award category. Details will be discussed between the sponsor and the award winner.

A Jury Price for the winner of each category: R 5000

The Awards are:

The Flemish Representation Award for Best Documentary
The Wallonia - Brussels Award for Best Fiction Film
The Flemish Investment & Trade Award for Best Advertisement

Entries too MMOCA are free for students and R100 for all others.

A mobile filmmaking online workshop will be offered for free. Competitors will be invited to register for the mobile filmmaking workshop.
All films must be submitted before 13 November 2020.
Filmmakers wil be notified before 20 November if they are selected as finalists.

All films submitted must be shot on a mobile device, in other words, a mobile phone or tablet, drone, GoPro-style camera.
Movies that include shots from an SLR or video camera will not be accepted.
All films submitted in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
Any software to edit video (on the smartphone or a computer) and audio as well as colour correction or special effects is allowed.
Use of additional equipment (professional or home made) is allowed, including (but not limited to) external microphone, lenses, lighting, tripod etc.

All films submitted must have a short description and answers to the following questions:
With which mobile device did you record your short film?
Brand of the device with which you recorded your short film?
In how many days did you make the short film? (Includes preproduction, production, and post- production)

The length of the films should be no shorter than 30 seconds and no longer than 300 seconds. Films must have been produced between January 1, 2020, and 12 November 2020.
We are only accepting online submissions through FilmFreeway.
We will not accept DVD’s so please do not send them as they will not be viewed.

Submitting your short films does not guarantee screening or acceptance. A notification of acceptance will be sent by written email from the MMOCA Festival. The submission fee is non- refundable.
Submissions must have full clearance for all content before submitting it. Any issues that may arise due to the infringement of copyrights is the participant’s responsibility.

No extreme violence or racist content is allowed.

We do accept films that have been published online before submitting.

It is allowed to enter multiple films.

MMOCA Festival and its members are not responsible for any infringement of copyrights.
When submitting to the MMOCA festival participants agree to the reproduction and dissemination of their films for the display and promotion of the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Bulelani Klaas

    enjoyed my night at the MMOCA Film festival and It was my first time attending and being selected in the festival and came back with the Best fiction Award. MMOCA Film festival created a great festival for Independent and upcoming filmmakers. I can't wait for the next edition.

    October 2021
  • Lara Taylor

    It was a freezing cold evening but a truly heart-warming and fiery festival. I am huge fan of mobile filmmaking and the power of being able to shoot from the hip, so this festival was just what Cape Town needed. Personally I have had a wonderful experience working with the Government of Flanders on their follow up project and I look forward to MMOCA's next event.

    July 2021
  • Thania Olivier

    The BCCSA MMOCA Film Festival was of highest quality with excellent marketing, communication, international speakers & Presenters, an outstanding Director who coordinated his team and all detail perfectly.

    The red carpet event in the gardens of the Belgian House, Cape Town was presented with class and taste. I am definitely entering again next year.

    Thank you, Director Dominique Vandenhoudt and team, and the Belgian Chamber of Commerce of South Africa who sponsored this first of its kind event in Southern Africa.. Bravo!!

    January 2021
  • manyosi media

    The festival excluded our film Namanje and screened all the finalists films but our film was also a finalist. All finalists recieved gift packs and we didn't. It was as if our film was never selected. For whatever reason the festival decided to do this, they should have found it in their hearts to inform us. I really didn't have to attend the event, especially during COVID times. I'm disappointed.

    December 2020