Africa First calls for short film projects

Submission deadline: August 19


Africa First calls for short film projects

Focus Features' sixth Africa First Short Film Programme is calling on young African directors to submit their short film projects by August 19 for a chance to win award money to support their film's production or post-production.

The programme offers a chance for five filmmakers to be awarded $10,000 to support an on-going project. A trip to New York will also be organised to encourage encounters between filmmakers, where personalised workshops will be held as well as talks with notable figures of the African film world.

Started back in 2008, the programme aims to develop and promote African cinema and gives the opportunity for young and dynamic African filmmakers to develop their work in the region. Winners of the previous years have found their films showcased at various film festivals around the world including Toronto, Sundance, or Berlin, making it a vibrant initiative recognized internationally.

If you wish to enter submission please note that all participants must have an African nationality and have resided in Africa for at least two years at any time before submitting. Films are expected to run 5-25 minutes and must be in English (or with English subtitles available), with participants having to be the full owners of their films in terms of copyright and of budgetary, artistic, and editorial control.

Furthermore, all films must have been produced on continental Africa and contributed to an extent to developing regional film initiatives by hiring local staff and facilities, all participants or co-participants must therefore have had previous film/television production experience.


To submit your film project or find out more, please click here.

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