The African Film Festival (TAFF) celebrates films that either promote African culture; address issues affecting Africa; or explore African landmarks and historic leaders.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary 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

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 March 1st through FilmFreeWay.

Each film must have a 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 March 15th 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 May 1st to TAFF:
• Digital images / film posters (email to
• Press Kits, if available (email to
• A picture and short bio/filmography of the director (email to
• 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
  • Alfred Matshebelele

    This was wonderful experience, I enjoyed a lot. I have learned a lot from other film makers and will be submitting again on the next opening. I've made a lot of friends during the festival and hope to meet them again on my next visit.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    We enjoyed having you at TAFF 2018, Alfred. We are happy you had a good time. We look forward to future festivals with you!

  • Fantastic Festival. I will be doing this every year. See you again next year, and the year after. Well done Kelechi Eke snd your team. And everyone who supports TAFF.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Molatelo. We enjoyed having you this year and we look forward to many years ahead with you!

  • Oluseyi Amuwa

    It was a great time for me at the festival, seeing African story travels. The organizers were so amazing and the Gala night was fun with diverse performances . This is their 2nd year running and I’m sure the next edition will definitely be more fun. Oh I also enjoyed my food at the after party.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Oluseyi. We are happy that you enjoyed TAFF. We look forward to seeing you in future editions.

  • Wendy Stuart Kaplan

    The African Film Festival was an incredible experience. From the range of films selected, to the panels, to the interviews, everything was top notch. The screening venues chosen from the vintage Texas Theatre, the African American Museum and the Dallas Library were perfect for the screenings and the Symposium on African Cinema. The Gala and Awards presentation was fabulous. Major African performers, presenters, and key players in film making were in attendance. It felt very much like the Academy Awards. My film Fragile Beauty not only screened here as a short, it won an honorable mention. I was also given the opportunity to host the symposium on African Cinema, as well as interview the subjects of the fantastic documentaries. As a very seasoned film festival presenter, attendee, and having my own film screened, I found this festival top of the line. Next year will be its third year and it's hard to believe that Kelechi Eke has created such a wonderful festival in such a short amount of time. Congratulations!
    Wendy Stuart Kaplan
    Alan Kaplan
    "Fragile Beauty"

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Wendy. We truly appreciate you being part of this great vision.

  • David Brown

    So appreciate the interaction in regard to our submission, the notification regarding the nomination and two wins. It's a shame that this festival does not yet have the funds to bring directors from Africa to Dallas yet, but that will come at the attendance and interest grows. We were honored and happy to have been part of TAFF 2017, even if from afar, and super excited to have won the best film award and best supporting actor.

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you David. We look forward to having you in future festivals.