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International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFF) is now accepting submissions for competition for the 2019 edition. The thematic areas of competition include: Tourism Communication and Documentaries. All entry forms should reach the organizers by 15 August 2019. For more information on the competition, click here


My Kenya My StoryOn 15th May 2019, Kenya Film Commission announced a call for entries of the second edition for the Mobile Phone Film Competition dubbed My Kenya My Story.

Kenyan creatives can now submit their projects for competition for cash prizes. The jury - made up of seasoned industry professionals, will scrutinize the entries submitted for the best top three films shot exclusively on mobile phones. The jury’s vote will make up 70% of the final vote. The submissions will be put up for public voting which will contribute to 30% of the total vote.

Last year the competition attracted a whopping 706 submissions garnering interest from over 35 countries, as far as USA, Mexico, UK, France, Russia, Japan among many others. These huge numbers suggest that the global community is interested in the Kenyan film industry and the content produced therein.

Kenya Film Commission CEO notes that the ultimate business objective the Commission wants to contribute through the competition, is not only to indirectly grow awareness of its mandate but also create interest and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited resources. This is aimed at inspiring creative Kenyans and amateur filmmakers to live to their full potential and realize the opportunity to fulfil their dream.

The competition requires that artists should make short films telling Kenyan stories, choose from the various genres such as drama, documentary, animation and reality running for a maximum of 7 minutes. Interested participants can check the Terms and Conditions of the competition here

My Kenya My Story is a mobile phone film competition run by Kenya Film Commission aimed at expanding the scope of filmmaking and inspiring creativity among the filmmakers in the country.


Maisha Magic East is currently looking for a producer for a high end drama series that will fit the taste of their audience and will exhibit exceptional production quality as well push the boundaries of visual and visceral story-telling.

The Original concept that will be submitted should reflect the audience’s daily lives and experiences while taking an exciting new angle with well plottedstorylines and rounded characters. Deadline for submission is 29thJuly 2019. For a complete editorial brief, click here ps:// 

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FilmAid Film Festival has sent out a call for entries for its 12th Annual Edition. This festival, whose deadline is 15 June 2019, seeks to celebrate the determination of the refugees residing in the Kakuma and Daadab refugee camps in Kenya. It also seeks to change the conversation and assert the fact that, refugees need to be heard in matters that touch on their daily lives and future.

The festival has a goal of ensuring that refugees are empowered, inspired and informed. Over the years the festival has trained and empowered refugees to tell their own story through film, photography, journalism, radio and digital media education enabling them to express themselves creatively. For more information on how to participate in this festival, click here


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The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is now open. Documentary filmmakers can now apply for funding of their original projects with the period running from May 1 - July 1, 2019. The fund will provide annual production and post-production grants summing up to $95,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that focus on pressing issues in the United 

States of America. Interested participants can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions pertaining to their project's eligibility or the application process in general.




Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has planned a consultative stakeholder’s forum on the proposed Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations popularly known as Drones.In a public notice, KCAA urges members of the public and its stakeholders to submit written comments, memorandum and feedback on the proposed regulation before 17th May 2019.

The consultative forum will be held at Sarova Panafric Hotel on 21st May 2019 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Interested participants are required to pre-register for the event and send their registration forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Kenyan creatives can now submit their works for competition in the ongoing MASK Prize competition. The items that can be entered for competition include: paintings, drawings, photographs, animation, poetry, sculptures among many other items.

Participants will be competing in three categories namely:

  • Schools
  • Under 15 years old
  • Under 25 years old

Submission is open to any number entries from any single participants.

Prizes worth KES 300,000 will be awarded at a gala ceremony on 17th October 2019 at Michael Joseph Center. Deadline for online application is 1st June 2019.

For more information on this competition, click here here 


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London ArtHouse Film Festival (LAHFF) is inviting filmmakers from the East African region to submit their entries for competition. This year, the festival will focus on African film stories and screenings taking place on 11th and 12th of October 2019 at London Richmix Cinema E1 6LA followed by a Gala Award Ceremony at BBC club on 13th October 2019.

The Festival Director, A. Tazrouti notes that the festival seeks to represent the independent filmmaking face of the world and give opportunity to worldwide filmmakers to screen their films in prestigious screen spaces and to an audience from over 100 nations.

The festival also welcomes quality films shot with low, micro or no budget that for whatever reason are unlikely to receive local interest, screening or distribution but as a concept, the story or message stands out and can reach worldwide audience.  

London ArtHouse Film Festival has a core value to encourage new and emerging film producers and directors from around the world to tell stories and produce independent film that reflect their view and vision. It also seeks to encourage filmmakers to explore new ways of storytelling that can influence their surrounding or expose it to the world.

The festival is committed to the independent filmmakers from around the world and gives special attention to films and stories that influence the global audience, first time filmmakers and film students.

The categories for competition in the London ArtHouse Film Festival (LAHFF) include:

  • Best picture
  • Best Director
  • LAHFF Jury Award
  • Best film by a first time director
  • Best Animation
  • Best Documentary

For more information on how to participate in the festival, click here


URBAN FILM FESTIVAL lanczos3Initiated by RStyle and supported by the Mission Cinema, the Urban Films Festival is the first film festival dedicated to the city, practices and lifestyles that emanate from it. Urban Films Festival is an annual event in Paris, with the final gala set to be held on the weekend of October 11th to 13th, 2019 at the Forum des Halles in Paris.

The regulation of the festival is that the films must go into the theme of urban, street, or urban cultures.
There are four categories of competition as highlighted below:

  • Fiction: movie (max 15minutes)
  • Animation: movie (max 15minutes)
  • Documentary: movie (max 17minutes)
  • Performance: movie (max 7minutes)

It should be noted that music videos are not considered to be eligible to participate in the competition.

Deadline for film submissions for the East Africa region is 30th April 2019. For more information, click here here.



Filmmakers from around the world can now submit their entries for competition in the 15th edition of the Zurich Film Festival. There are five categories in the festival as listed below.

Submissions categories:

  • International Feature Film Competition
  • International Documentary Film Competition
  • Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature    Films and Documentary Films)
  • Non-Competition Features (Documentary Films and Fiction Films)
  • International Series Competition

Prize Money:

The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25'000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition and CHF 20'000 in the Focus Competition. The Golden Eye for Best International Series is endowed with a CHF 10'000 cash prize.

Submission fee:

  •  From April 1 until June 30, 2019: € 75

Find information regarding film submissions and entry requirements here.

SAVE THE DATES: 26 to 28 MARCH 2019

The third edition of Kalasha International TV & Film Market comes up on 26th to 28th March, 2019 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre Nairobi. Kalasha International, the premier African media event is an initiative of Kenya Film Commission in the fast growing East African region.

The French Embassy in Kenya is partnering with the Commission in planning this year’s event.


D i s c o v e r / C o n n e c t / T r a d e

March, Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th 2019 at KICC in Nairobi – Kenya


International Delegates: $100 | Kenya Film & TV Professionals and Guild Members: $8

East African Delegates: $10 (Early Bird till 01-03-2019), $12 (Standard), $15 (On Site)

Students: Free | Single Booth: $350

Come and join international professionals from the Audiovisual and Film industry from East African countries, Europe and other places around the globe, for a unique opportunity to boost your business through trading content, partnership opportunities, networking and more.

This event offers high-level interaction with Network groups, TV Channels, Mobile operators, Distributors, Commissioners, Producers, Directors, Scriptwriters for trading, sharing ideas and perspectives on new programs and development policy. There will be conferences, workshops, coaching and pitching sessions taking place along the trade show and evenings of film screenings of Kenyan movies.

Kalasha International is taking place at Kenyatta International Convention Center – KICC, in the heart of Nairobi, and offering easy access to plenty of first class hotels and facilities. The trade show is set to encourage overflowing and innovative creativity from new talents emerging in Eastern Africa, as they seek support to compete in the international sphere.

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African Film Festival

The African Film Festival (TAFF) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to African motion pictures that serve as a platform for educational references to the African culture.

The organization aids in providing the African independent filmmaker with a platform to compete in the global market.

Its events include; African Women Arts & Film Festival (AWAFFEST) that will be held in Dar Es’ Salaam, Tanzania on March and The African Film Festival (TAFF) 4th edition screenings, symposium TAFF awards ceremony held in June 2019.



Rapid LionRapid Lion’s programme which was formed in 2016 will premiere the world’s highest number of films by filmmakers who were either born in Africa or are members of the African diaspora and members of the BRICS countries.

The event will feature on talks around the challenges African films and films from emerging markets face regarding international distribution. The event will be held in Johannesburg on the 1st of March to the 10th of 2019.


Pan African film Festival

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation that promotes cultural understanding among people of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression. The organization believes that film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles. The AMPAFFIED Industry Pre-launch VIP Mixer event for The Pan African Film Festival will be held on the 7th to the 18th of February 2019.

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Kenya Film Commission is at the 2018 FOCUS - the Meeting Place for International Production. You can meet the Commission delegation at the Kenya Film Commission stand at the venue - Business Design Centre and join professionals from the creative screen sector for two days of networking and production intelligence drawn from Kenya and other participating countries from around the world.  The FOCUS programme will feature over 150 expert speakers from film, TV, advertising, animation and games with at least 200 exhibitors from over 60. Get more information here



The Johannesburg edition of the market this year, taking place from 14th-16th November 2018, will be welcoming over 1,500 participants ranging from distribution, production and acquisition executives from more than countries from around the world. The Johannesburg edition is designed to address the current audio-visual market which is constantly changing due to the high demand for local content, rapid emergence of local talent, shift to mobile screen and demand for cheaper and faster internet.



The Embassy of Brazil in Nairobi is inviting members of the public to attend the Brazilian Film Festival 2018 which is running from 9th October to 23rd October 2018 at Michael Joseph Centre and Alliance Francaise. This will involve screening of four selected films namely: Araby (2017), Gabriel And The Mountain (2017), NISE: The Heart of Madness (2015) and Boy And The World (2013) at the two venues on different dates.



From 9th to 19th October, the 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will be taking place at various venues of the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town.

The festival, guided by the vision of transforming the African film industry through creation, transformation, collaboration and celebration, will be hosting key initiatives and projects targeting Pan African film industries together with emerging and new audiences from within Africa and the rest of the world.

Festivals screenings which opened on 10th October will be open to the public up to 19th October 2018 at various cinemas within the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town. Also during the festival, there will be a market which is focused on constructive engagements which aims at promoting creation of quality content.

The festival will conclude by recognizing and awarding the best creative works in 14 categories at the gala awards dinner on 19th October 2018.


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Safinaz Foundation in collaboration with Alpha Sports Limited have launched the first ever film festival in Kenya and the second of its kind in Africa. The festival will run from 22nd to 25th November 2018 and aims to celebrate sports personalities here in Kenya who have displayed exemplary records and achievements in various sports disciplines. Go to for further details.




Machakosfest short film festival was officially launched on 19th July 2018 at the Machakos People’s Park. The films submitted should run for 7 minutes in length and should feature at least two iconic tourist sites from Machakos county. The film should be specifically shot for MachakosFest 2018 and will be screened at the Gala.The categories of competition include: Tertiary Institutions, Documentary films, School category and Animation category. The submission is currently open and will run up to 3rd November 2018. Go to


Durban Film Festival

Kenya Film Commission is currently attending the 39th Durban International Film Festival down in South Africa.The Durban International Film Festival will run from 19th to 29th July 2018. The audience will have a broad range of films to choose from this year with185 shorts, documentaries and feature films from all over the world participating in the festival. Kenyan film Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu will be one of the only two films selected for the opening and closing of the festival. The selected films will set the stage for DIFF as it continues to celebrate women’s role within the film industry. This will also shed light on African stories that need to be shared with the world.
Four Kenyan films will be competing in the Durban International Film Festival this year. Rafiki directed by Wanuri Kahiu and Supa Modo directed by Likarion Wainaina competing in the Feature films category at the festival. On the other hand, New Moon by Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann and Silas, a collaboration between Canada, S. Africa and Kenya, directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman will be competing in the documentary films category.



DOCUBOX- the East African Documentary Film Fund, is inviting filmmakers to pitch ideas on short films and stand a chance of winning funding for their projects.

The event dubbed, SHORTS, SHORTS, SHOTS is an initiative of Docubox in collaboration with Nairobi Film Festival. The event will take place on 27th July 2018 at the Prestige Plaza in Nairobi, Kenya.

Interested filmmakers should be on the lookout for details on ticket sales to attend this amazing event. Docubox usually offers trainings and development and production grants, so as to enable East African filmmakers to share their unique stories with the world through creative documentaries.


Narok International Film Festival

The upcoming Narok International Film Festival (NAIFF) will be accepting submissions from August for the inaugural 2018 edition. The submission is open to all filmmakers worldwide and will be showcased during the festival. However, the films shot in Narok County will be shortlisted and enrolled into the competition. This competition will also have a category for photographers so as to tell their stories using stills.

The festival will be accepting films in various categories spanning:

  • STUDENTS SHORT FILMS: These films should be shot by professional camera or smartphones and should run between 4-15minutes.
  • DRAMA/THRILLER/ACTION: This category includes both Shorts and features. Short films should run between 2-15minutes while features should run for at-least 30 or 102 minutes.
  • DOCUMENTARY: In this category films should run between 10minutes to 90 minutes
  • ANIMATION: Animated films should run for 5-60 minutes.
  • GLOBAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION: This category is open only for global filmmakers to submit their film for the purpose of competition. This in turn will attract NAIFF Global recognition. The short films in this category should run between 5-7 minutes.

Established and aspiring filmmakers should be on the lookout for this festival and work on projects that will enable them participate in this event at the same time showcase the beautiful scenery our country has to offer in terms of shooting locations and reaffirm that Kenya is the preferred filming destination.

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The competition themed ‘My Kenya My Story’ is a mobile phone film competition which is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission that seeks to inspire creativity among the film makers in the country and to widen the scope of film making. The call for entries ran from the 28th of March to 30th of April 2018 where artists submitted their projects for the competition.

Follow us on social media with the hash tag #BestmobileflickKE to get latest updates of the voting process and winners’ announcement. Voting for the shortlisted films begun on 29th of May and will run up to 14th June 2018. The voting process has been broken down such that judges will have a contribution of 70% while the general public will have 30% to the final vote. The award ceremony for the winners in the competition will be held 21st June 2018.

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Kenya Film Commission will be attending the DISCOP Zanzibar Market and ZIFF Film Festival. To offer maximum benefit to Kenyan film makers, KFC has acquired space to showcase the country’s power in the film industry. The space will also be used by Kenyan film makers who will be participating to transact and sell their content. These two spaces will be the most visible and impactful areas within the whole market.

We are calling on film makers, production houses and film associations to take advantage of this opportunity to submit to KFC any collateral material intended to promote their projects to us for display at the festival. The items can be dropped at KFC offices at Jumuia Place along Lenana road to the attention of Corporate Affairs manager Catherine Gitahi.


This is to inform you that we have extended submission for the 'My Kenya, My Story' mobile competition.

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August 28th to September 1st 2017

The 5th edition of the UFF comes up in 2 months run by the Uganda Communications Commission. The festival will entail activities spanning; film exhibition market, film screenings, workshops and forums organised within the festival week.

  • Requirements;
  • 3 DVD’s hard copies and soft copy (HD version) on flash)
  • (hard and soft copies)
  • Film trailers (hard and soft copy on the flash)
  • Fully filled submission forms

For more info go here

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12th to 14th July 2017

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is celebrating its 20th year anniversary by introducing the first Film and TV market where industry stakeholders will come together to buy and sell Film and TV content.

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You are a Kenyan under the age of 35 with a zeal to inspire, influence thoughts and spark imagination in the fight against terrorism? Then here is your chance to win half a million Kenya Shillings! All you need to do is create an original short video on counter terrorism. The film should be 5 minutes maximum. Get more information here:


Clear your schedule and save the date for the Kalasha International Film Festival & Market coming up on October 16th to 22nd in Nairobi Kenya. The event brings together both international and local film, TV and creative players all under one roof for a Film Festival, a Film & TV Awards and a Film & TV Market. A call for submission will be communicated soon; watch out for updates via the website and KFC social media pages.


The 7th Edition of the Slum Film Festival (SFF) kicks off on 2nd to 6th October 2017 in Nairobi. In the last 6 Editions, Slum Film Festival has become an important annual event for the promotion of cinema and filmmaking in Kibera, Kawangware and Mathare, Nairobi’s biggest informal settlements, where two of its partners Slum TV and Hot Sun Foundation work.

 slum film festival 2017SFF invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their short format films to the annual Slum Film Festival.  This year’s theme will be ‘Governance”.  The competitive film categories for which awards are given are: The Slum Voice Award, Best African Film

Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film (narrative)

Best Community News Piece, Judges Choice Award and

People’s Choice Category

This year, films resonating with the theme ‘Tales of Good governance’ and having a strong social message will be prioritized.


Block off your diary and come join us for the Israel Film Festival dubbed ‘Sherekea Israel Festival’ taking place in Nairobi from Monday May 22nd to 24th 2017 at the Sarit Centre in Westlands as the Israelites celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of the city of Jerusalem.

To participate, please follow the link here to familiarize yourselves with the film screenings available during the festival as well as register for master classes scheduled for 23rd and 24th May at the same venue.

The event peaks with a capacity building workshop bringing together film makers to discuss matters policy, co-production and financing facilitated by KFC and renowned filmmakers from Israel that will take place at the Michael Joseph Centre; Have you booked your space? Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you be interested to attend on a first come, first serve basis.

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In a Forum recently convened by the Kenya Film Commission (KFC) to support creativity and innovation in local content production for television and new media, film producers in the country have agreed to a strategic partnership between local content producers and broadcasters aimed at creating synergy and enabling media owners meet their local content quotas in a cost effective manner while local content producers (film makers) make a reasonable return on investment from their creativity.

Ultimately, with each player in the partnership being able to focus on their core business, broadcasters will concentrate on marketing and distributing content while local content producers will focus on production. The meeting brought together representatives from the Media Owners Association (MOA), the Producers Guild and the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).

And to win the local content agenda, the Producers’ Guild has put together a strategy to increase audience consumption of Kenyan film content. The strategy dubbed ‘Watch Kenya campaign’ is aimed at sensitizing Kenyans on locally made films including TV series’ by running advertisements on local radio and TV stations including billboards and other platforms that may be available. This will see a strong partnership forged between Producers and the Media Owners with the former providing the final products through their expertise and resources including equipment, and the latter providing the air time and other spaces across all their platforms to showcase the same.

 Efforts will also be made to ensure that both parties exercise flexibility and that the spirit of all contractual engagements is one that will ensure quality content that drives community ideals and reasonable payment terms executed in a timely manner. Producers have in the past encountered stagnated payments, high production costs including unsustainable wage bills which need to be addressed for film producers and script writers to stay afloat in the film business.

Media owners NTV, KTN, Citizen, KBC, 3-Stones and Light Media in attendance, observed that time schedule was one of the leading challenges they face while airing different content. Consequently, broadcasters called on producers to ensure that their content is topnotch with a key focus on quality. They also expressed their desire to discuss the same further with individual film makers. Also proposed was a system where broadcasters will make an annual call for submission of proposals based on their requirements to avoid the bureaucracy of seeking continuous submissions all year round thus enhancing planning and quality productions.

One pertinent issue that was brought to the fore was a challenge to broadcasters to take up children content that would run for at least five hours a week and that Kenyan children can identify with as they grow as opposed to foreign content. And to bridge the local content gap in the market, media houses appealed to producers and film makers to churn out more varied content in Vernacular and Kiswahili under the guidance of market research on consumer needs for relevance.

Mr. Alfred Ambani of the Communication Authority of Kenya clarified that local content threshold of 60% is open beyond 2018 to accommodate all newly licensed broadcasters. He noted that the government’s new programming code in the new laws is meant to protect children from programming content that has undesirable elements like nudity, strong language and violence especially during the watershed period which runs from 5am to 10pm. Producers were urged to create content that would entice more viewers locally.

The local content requirement for all broadcasters currently stands at 40% and it is expected that by 2018 or during the fourth year of licensing, broadcasters will have reached the 60% threshold (local content requirement). Through the establishment of a Film Development Fund, and other business partnerships with financial institutions, access to resources for production of local content at a subsidized rate will become a reality. To this end, the KFC CEO, Mrs. Lizzie Chongoti reaffirmed the Commission’s relentless pursuit through government support including the roll out of a robust film incentive package which will go a long way in stimulating local and international productions.

 In conclusion, the forum agreed to form a working group with key milestones and mandated the Commission to take the lead and organize similar forums going forward to herald an industry conversation on development and growth. The stakeholders present agreed to the need for a concerted effort between broadcasters and film producers together with the Government on implementing the aspects of the law on local content. It was noted that there is need for the industry to be positioned with a strong IP knowledge, classification, funding, private/public collaborations as well as an understanding of technology disruptions.

 Evidently, local film quotas effected from July 2016, will go out to benefit the country by defending cultural and economic activities; improving public knowledge of local films; promoting diversity; and improving the local film industry. The media was encouraged to partner with the production units in advocating for the film industry on policy framework, audience development, and industry research.

KFC is a State Corporation mandated by the Government of Kenya under the Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts, to develop a vibrant local Film and TV industry and market Kenya locally and internationally as the premier filming destination for sustainable wealth through investment and job creation.