Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Now in its sixth year, the festival has become a key platform for African cinema in London and the UK.
From Friday 27 October - Sunday 5 November 2017, we'll be bringing another exciting film programme of films to 10 venues across London. This will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; The Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.
In 2016, Film Africa presented a wide-ranging programme of 58 films from across 22 African countries, including 33 World, European, UK or London premieres. We also hosted 23 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora and a further 32 industry experts and guest contributors who helped to bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions.
Awards & Prizes
BAOBAB AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
Established in 2011, the Film Africa Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognise and support filmmaking in Africa and to find new voices emerging from the continent. The Award consists of a £1,500 cash prize and is judged by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals.
* Short film submissions that have been made by African and diaspora filmmakers will automatically be considered for the Baobab Award.
* Only filmmakers who have not yet made a feature-length film will be eligible.
* The Baobab Award covers works of fiction only (including experimental). Documentaries will be considered for the main programme but will not be eligible for the Award.
* Films made in the last two years.
* Only submissions that are 30 minutes or under will be considered.
FILM AFRICA AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM
Established in 2015, the Film Africa Audience Award is selected by our audience at eligible screenings throughout the festival. The winning filmmaker receives a prize of £1,500.
* Fiction feature length films made by African or diaspora filmmakers will automatically be considered for the Audience Award.
* Films made in the last two years.
HOW TO APPLY FOR OUR AWARDS:
The submission process for our Awards is the same as for the main programme - please follow the instructions set out below in our Rules & Terms. Film Africa will automatically consider all submitted films that comply with the above criteria for our Awards.
Rules & Terms
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IN FULL BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR FILM:
In line with our commitment to screening the finest and boldest contemporary African cinema, Film Africa accepts films of all lengths and genres, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles on any topic.
* There is no submission fee.
* Year of production must be 2015 or after - any films made before this will not be considered.
* While our main objective is to represent a wide range of films and filmmakers stemming from across the continent and the Diaspora, we also accept submissions from non-African filmmakers whose films relate to Africa.
* We will not accept films that are not from, or about, Africa.
* Please ensure that English subtitles are provided, where necessary.
* Film Africa respects filmmakers' copyright and will take all precautions to ensure that your film remains safe from piracy.
* Your screening link should be active until December 2017.
Please note that copies submitted by post will not be returned.
We look forward to receiving your submissions!