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.

If we are notified about any copyright infringement about your work, we will automatically disqualify your film and remove it from our platform.

Only selected films can participate in online screening on ROOTFLIX. You may opt out from screening your film virtually when you receive official selection letter.

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
  • Mark Cofie

    The African Film Festival was simply amazing. The festival was well organized, exhibited good quality productions and showed resilience in hosting it during the peak of the pandemic. Congratulations on a successful festival. See you again next year.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Mark. It is great having filmmakers like you attend TAFF each year, given the positive energy and wealth of experience that you bring; and the quality films that you submit! We look forward to seeing you next year!!

  • I am very pleased to have been part of TAFF 2020, despite the ongoing Pandemic, the festival organizers were able to come up with an amazing vitural event. I am looking forward to 2021 edition with my new project just completed! Thanks guys!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Isioro, congratulations once again on making such a brilliant award-winning film. We are proud that it came through TAFF and rated among the best. Great job! We look forward to your participation next year!!

  • TAFF2020 was a wonderful experience!

    Held during the lockdown period, it utilised the power of the internet to make the film festival a wonderful and entertaining experience.
    The best part for me was the networking, and the award nomination we got for out TV series.

    Well done guys!!

    June 2020
    Response from festival:

    Ehizojie, the success of TAFF 2020 despite the pandemic was due to the positive energy that you and other filmmakers brought to the festival. We look forward to your participation in the future festivals.

  • It was an organise event and it was such a honour being part of the revolutionary online festival as we celebrate African story tellers.

    June 2020
    Response from festival:

    Fredrick, it was great having your participation in TAFF 2020. We will keep celebrating and telling our stories. Join us in the next edition.

  • It is a once in a lifetime thrilling online experience.

    June 2020
    Response from festival:

    We are happy that you and other filmmakers enjoyed our virtual edition. Thanks for participating.