Call for Applications: Film Africa Travel Grants 2019-2020

We are delighted to share this call for applications for Film Africa Travel Grants, a pilot scheme delivered by the Royal African Society in partnership with the British Council.

Since its inception in 2011, Film Africa has gone from strength to strength bringing the best African cinema from across the continent and its diaspora to diverse UK audiences. Following a successful run of eight consecutive years, Film Africa will now be held biennially and the next festival edition will take place in November 2020.

In this fallow year, Film Africa will continue with their mission of celebrating and promoting contemporary African cinema in the UK through the Film Africa Travel Grants 2019-2020, a pilot scheme developed and delivered in partnership with the British Council.

The Film Africa Travel Grants will offer African filmmakers the opportunity to travel to the UK to attend one of eight key international film festivals where their work has been invited to screen.

Successful applicants may be awarded up to £2,500 to cover international travel (including visas), accommodation and subsistence costs for their visit to the UK. If you are an emerging African filmmaker with an invitation to screen your film at one of the eight festivals on the key festivals list and fulfil the eligibility criteria, Film Africa would love you to apply!


  • Applicants must have a project selected by at least one of the participating festivals on our key festivals list.
  • At the time of application, applicants must be citizens of an African country (applicable to the 54 countries in the continent) and have been resident on the continent for a minimum of two consecutive years.
  • In line with the British Council’s Arts Strategy in Africa, priority will be given to filmmakers aged 18-35.
  • The focus of this scheme is on short form work (length up to 30 minutes), including virtual reality, immersive storytelling experiences and installations. However, first and second features will also be considered.

Image courtesy of Film Africa


Please ensure you read the Film Africa Travel Grants 2019-2020 guidelines and FAQs for full application instructions.

If you are eligible to apply, please follow the link and then follow the instructions to fill out the online application form. 

For more information follow the link.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with Film Africa by emailing:

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2 replies

  1. I would be grateful to participate and given opportunity .iam young African Somalia filmmaker trained by filmAid international ,I have so done one documentary (endlessly conflict), my dream to be international renown filmmaker.

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