Films in any African native language with English subtitles made in Africa.
Festival accepts short films (3-40 minutes), Feature films (41> minutes), documentaries/docudramas, animation films.

The Festival Theme is: Arts and Film for Social Change

This year 2018, the Festival will have 6 major activities, film screenings. Workshop on acting and directing, panel discussions, exhibitions, creative arts conference, Gala Awards Ceremony.

The LIPFFESTIVAL has awards for film entries for full length feature films and short films, documentaries and animation. And individual technical awards: (cinematographer, sound designer, director, etc...)


Any films that do not meet the following requirements will be automatically disqualified. The entry requirements have been revised to increase eligibility. kindly adhere.
1. All films must have been created in Africa by Africans (with 70% of cast and crew of African origin).
2. Short and feature films both accepted. (Shorts should be between 3-40minutes. Features should be more than 41 minutes.
3. All films MUST be dominantly in any African Native Languages including Swahili.
4. All films MUST therefore have English translation subtitles.
5. Every producer/director/group/company is only allowed a maximum of two film entries.
6. All films to be submitted in HD Quality in both Mp4 and movie file. Hard copies should be in a flash disk on quality not less than (720pp x 1080pp). All films should be submitted with a trailer of 15 seconds together with the film. For online submissions, kindly check rules 10, 11 and 12 below.
7. All films must be submitted before the deadlines of 31st May 2018
8. All entries should be original works of the persons submitting. And must be classified appropriately by the classifying body from the country of origin. The LIPFF Festival Committee and Organizers will not be accountable for any copyright infringements.
9. The producers should ensure they have copyright agreement for any songs/music/sounds used in the film with the owners/producers/creators/authorities of the songs/music/sounds.
10. All entries to be submitted with a duly signed submission form which you can download from our website. Click the link LIPFF FILM SUBMISSION FORM to download.
11. For submissions made through FilmFreeway, you may download the form from the website, fill it and upload it on FilmFreeway as a screenplay for your films.
12. If you cannot download the form or have any questions kindly send us an email to:

All films should grant permission to be downloadable. Semi finalists will not be contacted for download permission for purposes of public screenings. Kisumu doesn't have very liable data connection to allow for live streaming.
Kindly visit the website for more details.

Overall Rating
  • kayode kasum

    This is one festival in Africa that picks films just based on merit. They truly look out for good African films. I truly respect the organizers of LIPFF and I wish them more success on the festival

    November 2018
  • Miguel Franco

    Even though we couldn't make it to the Festival, we were invited and seemed like a great opportunity for networking. Nevertheless, I made contact with the Festival director and that's already an added value. The Festival was successful in showing the diversity of films made throughout the continent, showing that each country has its own cinema style and culture. Will definitely submit our future projects for the next editions and try to attend.

    November 2017
  • Ruth Gomez

    excelente y muy buen trato todo

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your feedback. It means so much for us that you are happy with our efforts. We hope to get better.

  • Mohammad Al-Hadari

    Non responsive to emails. No follow up or updates after the event, so I don't know what happened to my film. The invitation was very short notice.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Hello Muhammad. Sorry about your experience. All updates of winners were posted on our wordpress website which is linked to filmfreeway. We appreciate your feedback and we will do our best to improve on communication.

  • Richard Hess

    Asante sana Lake International Film Festival. Hosting and creating a Festival for the first time takes hard work. Pongezi. You ran a great first festival.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so so much Richard Hess for your participation. We do appreciate your feedback. Your encouragement means a lot to us. Cheers.