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Opportunities for African Moviemakers

By Khalifa Hemed
Published March 9, 2017

Film Africa, the annual festival of The Royal African Society, says it celebrates the best African cinema from across the continent and the Diaspora.Makers of movies in Africa and the Diaspora have till May 31 and June 30 to submit their work to 7th Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) and Film Africa festival, respectively.

Film Africa, the annual festival of The Royal African Society that says it celebrates the best African cinema from across the continent and the Diaspora, invites entries via online submissions platform,

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Saying “FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more,” it invites moviemakers to enter their film on on or before the June 30, 2017 deadline.

Winners line up with their awards at a previous edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, England.Film Africa, that says it “has become the key platform for African cinema in London and the UK,” says it shall October 27-November 5, 2017 bring “another exciting film programme of films to 10 venues across London. This will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.”

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The festival says almost 5000 people attended its 6th edition in 2016 that featured “a wide-ranging programme of 58 films from across 22 African countries, including 33 World, European, UK or London premieres. We also hosted 23 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora and a further 32 industry experts and guest contributors who helped to bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions.”

An exhilirated winner at Aesthetica Shiort Film FestivalFilm Africa says it “accepts films of all lengths and genres, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles” and that “There is no submission fee.”

Film Africa says it also accepts submissions from non-African filmmakers whose films relate to Africa, its focus being on “quality from a range of African countries and genres.”

On its part, ASFF says it “provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work to a wider audience, and is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward.”

Like Film Africa, ASFF says it “accepts all genres: advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. Running times up to 30 minutes.”

Entry guidelines are online at, ASFF says.

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ASFF Prizes include:
· Screenings at ASFF 2017 (8-12 November in York)
· Awards for Festival Winner (£1,000), Best Film in each category, and People’s Choice
· The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay (£1,000)
· Opportunities for further exposure through Aesthetica and its online channels

Participants at a previous edition of the Film Africa Festival in London, Britain.Among the Jury members for 2017 ASFF are Jane Roscoe (Director, The London Film School), Matimba Kabalika (Talent Development Manager, BFI NET.WORK), Philip Ilson (Director, London Short Film Festival), and Robbie Gibbon (Editor, The Trip, The Casual Vacancy and Doctor Who).

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