Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Kenyan Filmmakers May Submit For Africa International Film Festival

Kenyan filmmakers now have a chance to submit their films for the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) taking place in Calabar, the tourism hub in Nigeria.

The submission deadline is July 24, 2014.

“For your film to be considered for the 4th Africa International Film Festival, please include a DVD copy of the film, plus a synopsis and/or press kit as soon as possible. You can also send an online screener via dropbox to We also require you to complete our entry submission form,” Artistic Director, Keith Shiri stated.

Shiri added, "Guidelines and entry forms can be found on the festival website on  and other platforms such as Facebook, FB Group, Twitter and Instagram.

Shiri, an advisor for the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival (LFF), noted that eligible films must have been produced after January 1, 2013, while preference will be given to films which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa.

Shiri described the film festival as “a platform that seeks to give expression to African cinema, by recognising and rewarding excellence in the industry.”

According to him, categories for entry will include Feature, Short, Documentary and Animation, with monetary award prizes ranging from $3000 to $6000. Urging interested filmmakers to ensure that they read the rules and regulations thoroughly before submitting their films for the award segment of the festival, the artistic director disclosed that Short films must be of 40 minutes or less, while Feature length films must exceed 40 minutes.

The event, will feature daily film screenings, workshops, master classes, exhibitions, film premieres, glamorous opening and closing ceremonies, and will round off with an award night that will celebrate winning film entries, as well as their cast and crew.

Although the festival started four years ago, it made its debut in Calabar, last year, with American actress Lynn Withfield and Nollywood star Rita Dominic as ambassadors of the festival.

Shiri, in a recent interview assured that this year’s outing will be more glamorous and resourceful.