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 panel 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.

The 2016 jury chose uNomalanga and the Witch by South African filmmaker Palesa Nomanzi Shongwe as the 2016 Baobab Award winner, stating that it “…craftily entwines sexism, sensuality and sisterhood….the director sprinkles her black girl magic onto this afrocentric piece where deep seated passion and conservative principles collide” (jury member Priscilla Igwe, Director of the New Black Film Collective). The winning film was announced and screened for a second time at our sold-out Closing Gala screening of Wulu (dir. Daouda Coulibaly) at Ciné Lumière on 5 November 2016. The 2017 Baobab Award shortlist will be announced in October.