Film Africa 2020
30 October – 8 November
Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s biennial London festival, celebrating the best African and African diaspora cinema from across the continent. Now in its ninth year, Film Africa has become a key platform for African film in London and the UK.
Film Africa 2020 will run from 30 October – 8 November, presenting another high quality and wide-ranging film programme 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 our highly popular Film Africa LIVE! music nights.
Film Africa also recognises and supports new film-making talent through the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.
In 2018, Film Africa screened 42 films from 15 African countries, including 23 World, European or UK premieres. They also hosted 16 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora to present their work, network with other film professionals, and bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions, and parties.
Check out past festivals here.
Awards & Prizes
BAOBAB AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
Established in 2011, the Film Africa Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognise and support filmmaking in Africa and to find new voices emerging from the continent. The Award consists of a £1,500 cash prize and is judged by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals.
FILM AFRICA AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM
Established in 2015, the Film Africa Audience Award is selected by the audience at eligible screenings throughout the festival. The winning filmmaker receives a prize of £1,500.
1. Films that have been made by African and African diaspora filmmakers only.
3. Films that have been completed in the last two years only.
4. Both Awards cover works of fiction only (including experimental). Documentaries will be considered for the main programme but will not be eligible for the Awards.
How to Apply
The submission process for the Awards is the same as for the main programme – please follow the instructions set out in ‘Rules & Terms’ on the website.
Film Africa will automatically consider all submitted films that comply with the Awards criteria.
Film Africa Festival Submissions
Royal African Society
21 Russell Square
WC1B 5EA, UK
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