Africa First Short Film Program Awards

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The Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program supports films that aspire to artistic excellence and accomplished storytelling, and substantially contribute to the development of local film industries.

Award recipients Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program can use award money received from Africa First to complete initial production and to pay for post-production costs such as laboratory fees, sound mixing, and editing

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, of African nationality, and must have resided in Africa for a minimum of two (2) years before applying.

  • Applicants must be independent producers.

  • This means that the individual applicants: own the copyright of their production; have artistic, budgetary, and editorial control of their project; are not regularly employed by a public or commercial broadcast entity.

  • Applicant/co-applicant must have previous film or television production experience in a principal role (producer, co-producer, director, or co-director) as demonstrated by a sample DVD or videotape of completed work submitted with application.

  • All projects entered into the Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program must meet the requirements below:

  • Produced in continental Africa;

  • 5-25 minutes in length with narratives taking place exclusively in Africa.

  • Feature and/or documentary submissions will not be accepted;

  • In preproduction, production, or postproduction;

  • Project must be filmed in continental Africa and contribute to the development of the local film industry by using local key production staff and using local facilities;

  • All Program documents must be written in the English language; however, if the original language of the screenplay was not in the English language, an English-language translation of the screenplay is acceptable;

  • Project must be either (i) in the English language or (ii) if not, be delivered with English-language subtitles in 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm, HDTV, DigiBeta, or Beta format.

    Deadline: 1st August

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    For more information and application, visit: Africa First Short Film Program Awards Website

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