Welcome to the Real-time Film Festival!

Our vision is “to build a truly International and remotely accessible Film Festival”. Our corporate mission is phrased to require milestone triggered reviews. It is “to become the biggest and most acclaimed technology – driven, remotely accessible Festival in Africa within two years of our existence”.

'Our LANGUAGE is "FILM", our MEDIUM is "TECHNOLOGY" and we celebrate the "HUMAN TALENTS"

The Festival accepts entries from filmmakers across the world without discrimination. We also offer waivers for submission fees to filmmakers from countries like Iran, Pakistan and others who can't pay for submissions due to limitations caused by sanctions imposed on their countries.
We celebrate the FILMS and their MAKERS. We also celebrate and expose current TECHNOLOGIES that affect the art of film making. That's our focus hence, we do not seek to be the most glamorous Festival, but rather, our desire is to be known for being the Most Innovative, Eco friendly and Technology attentive Festival in Africa that attracts the world!

During our inaugural edition, we had over 800 submissions from 80 countries out of which 60 films from 25 countries were screened. Our Festival Catalogue Theme for 2016 was "EMOTIONS" while our Festival Program Theme was "INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL CONVERSATIONS"

During our second outing in 2017, our Festival Catalogue Theme for 2017 was "HUMANITY" while our Festival Program Theme was “EXTENSIVE PRODUCTION CONVERSATIONS”

Awards & Prizes

Below is a list of awards given out at the end of the festival:


1. Best Nollywood Feature Film
2. Best Nollywood Short Film (Established Filmmakers)
3. Best Nollywood Short Film (New Filmmakers)
4. Best Foreign Short Film (Outside Africa)
5. Best Foreign Short Film (All of Africa - except Nigeria)
6. Best Director
7. Best Screenplay
8. Best Cinematography
9. Best Editing
10. Best Actor
11. Best Supporting Actor
12. Best Actress
13. Best Supporting Actress
14. Best Child Actor
15. Best Soundtrack
16. Best Sound Design
17. Best Animation
18. Best Visual Effects
19. Best Special Effects Make up
20. Best Poetry
21. Best Spoken Word
22. Best use of Technology
23. Best film shot on a Cell Phone or Tab
24. Best Student Film
25. Best Movie by a Child (7 - 15 years old)


1. AWARD FOR BEST STUNTS PERSON (Winner, First Runner-up gets a plaque)

2. AWARD FOR BEST REAL-TIME FILM PROJECT (Winner, First Runner-up gets a plaque)

3. AWARD FOR BEST PROSTHETIC MAKE-UP SPECIALIST (Winner, First Runner-up gets a plaque)

4. AWARD FOR BEST INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTIAN MOVIE (Winner, First Runner-up gets a plaque)

5. AWARD FOR BEST INSPIRATIONAL MUSLIM MOVIE (Winner, First Runner-up gets a plaque)

STUDENTS (Awards):

1. Best Student Film (Primary School)
2. Best Student Film (Secondary School)
3. Best Student Film (University/ Polytechnic / College of Education)
4. Best Student Film (Film School)



1. Best Film at the Real-time Challenge - Winner gets an award
2. First Runner up - First Runner-up gets a plaque
3. Second Runner up - Second Runner-up gets a plaque


1. Best TEAM (Innovation)
2. Best TEAM (Production ethics)
3. BEST TEAM (Deadline Record Time)
4. Best Behind the scenes edit.

1. Most Inspiring Veteran (established filmmaker)
2. Audience Choice Best Veteran Short (established filmmaker)
3. Media Choice Best Veteran Short (established filmmaker)


1. Best Film Produced by a Media / TV Crew


1. Audience Choice Award - Nollywood Short Film
2. Audience Choice Award - International Short Film
3. Audience Choice Award - Nollywood Feature Film
4. Audience Choice Award - International Feature Film


1. Best Trailer
2. Best P & A and Merchandising
3. Best Technology - Production
4. Best Technology - Post Production
5. Fantastic Brand Support
6. Best Production stills
7. Best Movie Title
8. Best lead Actor in a Real-time challenge film
9. Best supporting Actor in a Real-time challenge film
10. Best lead Actress in a Real-time challenge film
11. Best supporting Actress in a Real-time challenge film

Total: 72 Rewards

35 Awards
16 Plaques
11 Certificates / Medals

Rules & Terms

Veterans are often invited to participate in the Festival. Once their attendance is confirmed, their names will be published.

Emerging (young) filmmakers will be required to register as well, and have the chance to submit their films either in the competitive or non-competitive categories.

The Festival accepts movies made by student filmmakers. Students are also expected to register for the Master Classes.

By submitting to this festival, the submitter acknowledges that their film poster(s), and excerpts from trailer(s) and teaser(s) can be used by the festival organizers to promote the submitted entries and the festival's interest. Submitted Project files are also archived for Library purposes except a filmmaker requests otherwise; in which case the file is deleted right after it is screened during the festival.

All payments made for IN-COMPETITION submissions are non-refundable.

For submissions on our official website, log on to:http://www.realtimefilmfestival.com/

For emails relating to submissions, e-mails should be sent to: rtfcurator@gmail.com
Official correspondence should be sent to producer@realtimefilmfestival.com

28 Reviews

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    stanlee ohikhuare

    awesome festival for Art Film makers and enthusiasts!

    September 2017
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    Amos Mundicious

    RTF was amazing... Although I was unavoidably absent but I was able to get some of the highlights online. Looking forward to the next film festival

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Amos. Submissions for RTF 2018 have commenced.

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    John Suppremoz

    It was a wonderful experience. Keep it up.

    July 2017
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    Sandip Pratihar

    Its a great film festival. I'm honored to participate in this festival.

    July 2017
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    Sukru Ozcevik

    Thank you for taking the short film "String of the System". Congratulations to all the team at a very successful festival.

    July 2017
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    Response from festival: