African Women Arts & Film Festival (AWAFFEST) is a platform to appreciate arts and stories of African women; to celebrate female film practitioners; and to empower aspiring artists. AWAFFEST is held in March to celebrate the International Women’s Month.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Short
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Poet
Best Performing Artist
Best Makeup Artist
Best Fashion Designer
Best Script Writer
Best Emerging Filmmaker

Film submission should be made by a woman.

Film should be either Directed, Produced, Written, Edited, or Shot by a Woman.

Film can be made by non-African women but the story should be about African Women.

Artwork, fashion designs, poetry, and any form of art should be originated or made by a Woman. Videos, photos, and descriptions or synopsis of these arts may be uploaded as submission.

All entries must be received by the deadline.

All photos and trailers provided by "submitter" may be used for any festival promotions.

All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

If we are notified about any copyright infringement about your work, we will automatically disqualify your film and remove it from our platform.

Only selected films can participate in online screening on ROOTFLIX. You may opt out from screening your film virtually when you receive official selection letter.

Jury Award winners will be selected by a panel of active film industry professionals. All films go through a screening process and are reviewed by at least two members of the selection committee.

Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including the website.

Overall Rating
  • First the communication from this festival was excellent and considered. I also enjoyed how they showed the films on line. And finally I really enjoyed the filmmaker Q&A forum.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hello, Rob! We really enjoyed your film and we appreciate your participation and sharing your experience in the filmmakers forum. We look forward to your future projects. Thank you!!

  • Reham Emam

    Glad & honored to participate in such wonderful festival. The communication is excellent and the team is very friendly. Looking forward to participate with my next film.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for participating and for making such awesome film. We look forward to your next project.

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    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!

  • The organisers were very polite, helpful and communication was on point. Our movies got a lot of nominations and we won the award for Best Actress with our movie #JustNotMarried. It was a highly successful 1st Edition, I can't imagine how massive the 2nd Edition will be. Congratulations to the organisers. Looking forward to the 2nd Edition. Every female filmmaker should make sure they submit their movies.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Judith, and Congratulations on your nominations and award. We look forward to seeing you at the next edition.

  • Uyoyou Adia

    It was really humbling that my films were selected, and even if I couldn't make it they made me feel part of the festival, thank you so much AWAFFEST for recognising women in Art and Film.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Uyoyou, your films were brilliant. You are awesome actress too, and you've got great soccer skills. We hope you can make the next festival. Keep it up!