TAFF celebrates films and arts that either promote African culture; address issues affecting Africa and people of African descent; or explore African landmarks and historic leaders.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Costume
Best Young Talent
Best Emerging Filmmaker
Best Cinematography
Best Soundtrack
Best Indigenous Film
ROOTFLIX Viewers Choice
Founder's Best Story
Best Artist

Submitted films must meet any of the following criteria:
Films that promote African culture
Films about African history, leaders, or landmarks
Films that address issues affecting Africa or Africans
Films that feature Africans in lead or supporting role
Films made by filmmakers of African descent

All film entries must be received by the late deadline of December 31st through FilmFreeWay.

Each film must have a synopsis, a standard size poster, and a trailer that is 60 seconds or less.

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.

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.

Selected film entries will be notified by February 1st before the Festival. Awards will be announced on the final day of the Festival. One award or prize will be given to the individual designated on the official entry form as "submitter".

Filmmakers accepted and attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.

All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by The African Film Festival, without notice.

If selected, filmmakers will provide the following materials no later than April 1st to TAFF:
• Digital images / film posters (email to info@theafricanfilmfestival.org)
• Press Kits, if available (email to info@theafricanfilmfestival.org)
• A picture and short bio/filmography of the director (email to info@theafricanfilmfestival.org)
• Electronic copy of screeners

• Films must be submitted on flash drive in MOV or MP4 High Pro Res Quality.
• Films can be password protected and sent to TAFF for download

The African Film Festival will only screen films in one of the following formats:
• .MOV
• .MP4

Ship your films to:
Festival Executive Director
The African Film Festival (TAFF)
# 701632
Dallas, Texas 75370 USA

Overall Rating
  • Anah Ambuchi

    Excellent film festival! I've been to quite a few film festivals this year and The African Film Festival was by far one of my favorites! Mr.Kelechi and his team do a fantastic job with creating a high caliber film festival that promotes African Filmmakers. Kuddos to him and his team! I hope to return back

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Anah. We enjoyed having you at TAFF 2019. Your film was quite inspirational. Keep up the great work and we look forward to you presenting the Best Young Talent award next year!

  • We really enjoyed The African Film Festival. I encourage all film makers to submit your film to this festival. They treat you with respect and show great respect to film makers.

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    The Visionary, it was great having you in attendance. We enjoyed your film. Thank you for making it possible for our girls to enjoy the game of professional basketball. We look forward to having you in the future editions of TAFF.

  • Thomas Grand

    Thanks for this great festival ! Unfortunately we couldn't assist. Thanks for the award given for the Best Feature Documentary !

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations, Thomas, on making such educative documentary. We enjoyed it and the viewers were quite pleased. Keep up the great work.

  • Toboh Serdrick

    It was a great one thus I couldn't make it there because I couldn't pay my flight. I
    Wish films nominated should be consider and pay flight for their producers

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    It is quite unfortunate that you couldn't afford your flight. With 70 films selected, there's no way we (or any other film festival) can fly 70 producers from African to the United States. But if you can help us find flight sponsors, we would highly appreciate it.

  • Linda Palmer

    We had a great time at the African Film Festival! The programming was very good and event locations were wonderful. We especially enjoyed meeting the volunteers and other filmmakers. Well done! The Cat Dexx Team :-)

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Linda. We appreciate your effort in raising awareness on poaching from Cat Dexx. We enjoyed your participation at TAFF 2019, and we look forward to your future attendance.