The Quibdó Africa Film Festival invites us to explore this symbolic space of encounter between Africa and its Diaspora through films screenings, workshops, conferences and artistic exhibitions in an adventure towards the unknown, in a journey oscillating between past, present and future towards a place that is both memory and representation; a place that invites us to see what we have been and what we have managed to be.
We present this event that brings together Afro vanguard filmmakers as an artistic and cultural current that claims new identities through art and historical fantasy and that dialogues in this artistic maelstrom.
We want to create an afrodisruptive cinema, a disturbing, forceful, shocking, disconcerting cinema, which disrupts the stillness of the status quo, turning it upside down. It is a critical and revolutionary artistic concept in the sense of 360 degrees. The reinterpretation of African traditions. Moving away from the point of view imposed by the West.

The BAOBAB is a fascinating tree. It reminds us of an old man who has an eye on everything around him; who sees everything; knows everything; and resists all the blows of destiny and nature. In Africa, to say that a man is solid, that he has experience and wisdom, we say that he is a baobab. Therefore, it is only natural that we have chosen this tree, with its special place in the African cosmovision, to be the official symbol of the Quibdó Africa Film Festival. Under the shadow of the Baobab sits the Griot (the storyteller in African traditions). This makes the Baobab "the tree of spoken words", a central place in the social life of the village. It was when we tried to define and put into words the spiritual link between Africa and its diaspora that the idea of the Baobab was born. Mysticism is, for Africans and Afro-descendants, that invisible thread of our faith, the one that will make the borders between us disappear; the wire that allows reality to meet fiction. For African and Afro-descendant filmmakers, the QAFF is a meeting place where Quibdó invites us to rethink our memory and what we want to transmit and leave to future generations.

Best Feature Film Award
Best Feature Film Director Prize
Best documentary Director Prize
Jury Prize for Best Documentary
Best Experimental Film Prize
Best Animation Film Prize
Best Director of Photography Prize
Best Script Prize
Best Soundtrack Prize
SUDU Prize for Best Short Film
Best Colombian Short Film
Best Colombian Documentary

Filmmakers and producers from around the world are invited to submit their films to the competition in the above-mentioned categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Experimental, as well as other technical and artistic categories.

The competition is open to both filmmakers of African descent and non-African filmmakers who tell the story of Africa from a different perspective. All the short films entered may be included in the "SUDU Connexion" Competition, composed of thematic programs highlighting the originality and style of the short films, in which they may win the SUDU Award. In addition, since 2020, a jury composed of film professionals: actors, actresses, producers, directors, journalists, will award the prizes.

In addition to the Baobab Prize for feature film, prize money in cash will be distributed among the winners.

The candidate must carefully read all the rules
Attention! By submitting your film to the QAFF, you acknowledge that you have read and adhered to the following standards.
• QAFF accepts films and videos made by both filmmakers of African descent and non-African filmmakers (Filmmaker needn't live in Africa). Preferably, films should depict positive or realistic images.
• Films can be of any genre - drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. QAFF accepts features and shorts; narratives and documentaries.
• The festival is here to help the general public to discover the creations arising from Africa and his Diaspora. To support the African film industry by facilitating the broadcasting.
• All submissions must have Spanish subtitles; We can assist you with the translation and srt. file by proposing solutions adapted to your budget.
• QAFF will accept submissions of works in progress. However, your submission must be sufficiently complete to allow our programs to follow the storyline and be able to make a decision. We will only accept one work-in-progress version of your film, so please make sure to make it your best shot. (If you expect your final version to be 90 minutes, a 45 minutes rough cut is probably not acceptable.)

• QAFF host theatre is all-digital. The only accepted projection formats for Feature Films are DCP, online link. For Short Films, you will be asked to submit an online link.
• If there are any updates for projection formats, you will receive them with your acceptance notification.
• We will not take DVDs. DVDs are strongly discouraged because they are unreliable for public presentation due to skipping, stopping, and other playback defects.
• QAFF will not accept watermarked films for public display.
• Promotional materials of your film must be send by mail.
• Copies of the selected films are kept in the QAFF archives as “memory-copies” for our records.
• QAFF is a non-profit organization. We exist thanks to the donations received from all people. As a result, the QAFF can not host directors and other professionals that officially selected during their stay in Quibdó, but we can help those who desire to come and find a solution.
• The films are under the responsibility of QAFF as soon as they are received. QAFF covers the insurance fees. QAFF responsibility ended when the copies returned. In case of loss or deterioration during the festival, QAFF is only responsible for the value of the film copy.
• In case of a dispute, if no agreement has founded, only the Quibdó jurisdictional court is deemed competent to settle the dispute.

Overall Rating
  • This film festival is brilliant and incredible! What an honor to have our first film, Assaman, included in the Official Selection. The director, Mr. Massamba, and his team are so professional, communication is top notch and this festival is beautifully orchestrated. Thank you for your efforts Quibdó África Film Festival and all who work hard to make this festival happen!

    November 2022
  • I loved being involved in this festival.

    September 2022
  • Thomas Belet

    Very pertinent and interesting Festival. We're really proud that our film was selected in the QAFF. Very professional and serious, and it does make sense about their actions for Afrocolombian's empowerment.

    September 2022
  • Julius Morno

    A festival that I really enjoyed being part of. Thanks!

    August 2022
  • Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye

    Many thanks to the Festival for selecting I HAVE A DREAM.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being part of what we want to be a window on the world... Merry Christmas