Film Africa is delighted to announce that it is now accepting submissions for its 2014 festival edition. In line with our commitment to screening the finest and boldest contemporary African cinema, the festival accepts films of all lengths and genres.
1. Submission eligibility, guidelines and deadline
We accept submissions from African filmmakers living on the continent on any topic, and from Diaspora and non-African filmmakers whose films relate to Africa.
The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday 15 July 2014.
Film Africa does not charge a fee for submissions, but filmmakers are asked to submit their film according to the following guidelines:
– Film must be sent as a secure video link or as a DVD copy, providing an English subtitled version where appropriate.
– Film details (including title, director, year and country of production, screening format and running time) must be clearly labelled on the cover of the DVD or included in the email.
– Submissions must also include a synopsis, an EPK and any other additional promotional material for the film and director.
– For a film to be considered, it must be submitted before the deadline of 15 July 2014.
Submissions can be done via email to email@example.com or by post to the following address:
Film Africa 2014
Royal African Society
36, Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
Please note submitted copies will not be returned.
Film Africa respects filmmakers’ copyright and will take all precautions to ensure that your film remains safe from piracy.
2. Selection Criteria
Film Africa focuses on choosing high quality films from a range of African countries and genres. All eligible submissions will be reviewed and selected based on the quality of the film’s narrative and its production values.
Film Africa reviews its submissions through a team of programmers who come from different backgrounds and have separate areas of expertise in African film. This ensures that we have a diverse scope through which to carry out the selection process.
Our aim is to shed light on a wide range of films and filmmakers stemming from across the continent and the Diaspora, although we will also screen a limited number of films by non-African directors, which are concerned with Africa.
Please note that due to the high volume of films under consideration, we are unable to respond to every individual submission and will only inform you if your film has been selected for the Film Africa 2014 programme.
Film Africa endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1 September 2014 and all successful submissions will receive notification after that date.
The 4th Film Africa festival will take place between Friday 31st October and Sunday 9th November 2014 across different London venues.
Screenings will be scheduled during the festival period at the discretion of Film Africa. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Film Africa reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason.
As in previous years, Film Africa will be comprised of a main strand of features and a shorts programme, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles. The short film strand will be linked to The Baobab Short Film Award competition, as part of the festivals’ commitment to recognise and nurture emerging filmmaking talent from the continent. This year, Film Africa also hopes to reintroduce an Audience Award for the best feature film, as voted by our festival audiences. Both competitions will carry cash prizes of £1,000 each for the winning films.
Successful submissions will receive a festival pack that will include important information on shipping the print to the festival, marketing and PR, and how to make the most of participating in Film Africa 2014.
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