Call for submissions: Film Africa (Submission deadline: 30th June)

Film Africa is The Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Now in its seventh year, the festival has become a key platform for African cinema in London and the UK.

From Friday 2nd – 11th November 2018, Film Africa will be bringing another exciting film programme of films to six 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; parties; and the highly popular Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

In 2017, Film Africa presented a wide-ranging programme of 40 films from across 27 African countries, including 22 World, European or UK premieres. The festival also hosted 12 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora and a further 16 industry experts and guest contributors who helped to bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions.

In line with the commitment to screening the finest and boldest contemporary African cinema, the festival accepts films of all lengths and genres, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles. While the main objective is to represent a wide range of films and filmmakers stemming from Africa and the African diaspora, Film Africa also accepts submissions from non-African filmmakers whose films relate to Africa.


Films over 40 minutes: $20 USD. All FICTION features will be eligible for the Film Africa Audience Award, with prize money of £1,500.

Films under 40 minutes: $10 USD. All FICTION shorts will be eligible for the Baobab Award, with prize money of £1,500.

Film Africa accepts entries via online submissions platform FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more.

For full eligibility details and to submit your film, visit:

The deadline is 30 June 2018.

This event is supported by a strategic partnership between the British Council and The Royal African Society, aimed at increasing networks, sharing knowledge and expertise and making connections between the UK and Africa.

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