Still from 2016 winner uNomalanga and the Witch

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 jury of filmmakers and industry professionals. Film Africa considers all submitted films for the award that fit the following criteria:

  • Short films made by African and African diaspora filmmakers.
  • Only filmmakers who have not yet made a feature-length film are eligible.
  • The Baobab Award covers works of fiction only (including experimental). Documentaries will be considered for the main programme but will not be eligible for the Award.
  • Only films of 30 minutes or under will be considered.
  • Year of production must be 2015 or after.

Film Africa has partnered with the National Film & Television School on the 2017 Baobab Award for Best Short Film. Students on the recently created MA in Film Studies, Programming & Curation watched over 450 submitted shorts and provided the festival programme committee with a shortlist of 100, from which eight were selected. The partnership is aimed at encouraging an appreciation and knowledge of African cinema in the next generation of film programmers.

The winning short will be announced and screened for a second time the day after the public screening, at the Film Africa Closing Gala on Sunday 5 November at the Ciné Lumière.