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 £1,000 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 filmmakers living and working in the continent.
  • Only filmmakers who have not yet made a feature-length film will be 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 submissions that are 30 minutes or under will be considered.
  • Year of production must be 2014 or after – any films made before this will not be considered.

The 2015 jury chose The Purple House by Tunisian filmmaker Selim Gribaa as the 2015 Baobab Award winner, stating that it “..presents a resonant political reality executed with humanity and pathos.” The winning film was announced at our sold-out closing night screening of Lyes Salem’s The Man From Oran and the short was screened to great acclaim.