The festival focuses on women and the youth in filmmaking both filmmakers and as subjects. The festival will celebrate the empowerment of women and youth, in front of and behind the camera.

All the programs are geared towards young and women filmmakers only. The festival’s goal is to shift the current mindset among filmmakers and audience which suggests that filmmaking is merely a form of entertainment by introducing a holistic business and skills development programme to assist emerging filmmakers that will inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship and to come up with ways to support the future development of the film industry

Trophies are awarded to winning films in each of UFF's categories.

1. Introduction
The uMgungundlovu Film Festival is created to provide a platform for local filmmakers
to exhibit their films. This is Pietermaritzburg - based festival in Kwazulu-Natal, South
Africa. The uMgungundlovu Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit their Short,
films to screen in the festival from 25 Nov - 28 Nov 2021 under the theme WE RISE. As we discover, tell and hear our legacy.
The festival will be over a 3-day period at various locations in Pietermaritzburg.
Only films completed in 2019,2020 and 2021 will be accepted.
2. Submission deadline
Deadline for all entries is 15 August 2021
3. Categories of the Festival and Terms
Feature or Short Film: A fiction or documentary film with a running time up to 120 minutes.
All submissions should be made by the official representative who will serve as the
mediator for screening fees as well as the transportation of the materials.
4. Film entry rules
Feature or short films in which either the producer, director, or writer is an African citizen and or
Africans living in the Diaspora, short films that have been completed since June 2018, accepted exhibition formats for our festival are:
MPEG - 2, MPEG - 4. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic only downloads will be acceptable
Audio is STEREO only.
Films written in other foreign languages other than English must be subtitled in English
in order to be considered for selection.
Works that are solely promotional, educational or scientific in nature are not eligible for
selection for the UFF.
A Film that is selected to participate in the festival cannot be withdrawn from the festival during the event.
5. More info can be found on the festival website or
via email
6. Selection and Notification
Films presented at online the festival are selected by the Selection Committee.
The application will not be considered complete until all entry requirements are met.
All selected films will be notified by the Festival Director no later than 30 September 2021.
6. Selected Films Required Materials
Successful entrants will be asked to send us an online link to download the film in high
resolution for screening purposes. A Director of the selected film must complete an official UFF Participation Confirmation Form available on selection no later than 10 October 2021.
A half a page synopsis in English
The director’s photo, biography and filmography
Trailers, posters, for promotion of the film
By submitting the UFF participation confirmation form and the above materials, the
entrant(s) grant to UFF a non-exclusive license to publicly screen the selected film in
the 2021 offline and online uMgungundlovu Film Festival in the offline and online platforms used by the festival
8. Awards & Prizes
This is the competition section of the festival, which covers a selection for Shorts with the most viewership and a compelling story our roots and legacy to be judged by a
Trophies are awarded to winning films in each of UFF's categories. Prize money will be
determined by the jury.
Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition. The selection
committees' and juries' decisions are final.
UFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in rules or festival scheduling.

Overall Rating
  • Jacques Cloete

    Excellent Festival! Constant communication and very friendly organizers.

    December 2021
  • Xi Chen

    Great festival. The committee sent me the award information before the platform to remind me. So warm

    December 2021
  • Amazing festival. I was proud to have had my indie film "American Terrorist" participate in the 2021 event. The quality of the other films that competed were very impressive. In terms of the festival's management, I couldn't ask for more. The 2021 event was well run. Any questions I had were responded to thoroughly and timely. As a 1st time indie filmmaker, it was great getting such support. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to participate. Sincerely, Joseph

    December 2021
  • Ivor Gracias

    Thank you for giving our child actor best Actress award.

    December 2021
  • Ditebogo Gaowelwe

    A very good one to attend. 💯💯💯👌

    December 2021