Arts-Related Calls & Announcements

I. 21st International Family Film Festival Call for Entries
Call for EntrieS for films, and screenplays from professionals, college students and Youth Fest! (ages 8-17). Deadline is September 2, 2016.
Calling for Features and Shorts directed by Women. Only 7% of films are directed by women! Let’s change that statistic!
Calling for Short Films, screenplays and comic books created by 8-17-year-old youth.
Further information and submissions details on and websites.

II. Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry Seeking Submissions
The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, now in it’s third year, is looking for submissions. This Pan-African Poetry Prize, established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet, is the only one of its kind in the world. The author of the winning book will receive an award of USD $5,000. The prize is open to any book of original poetry published in English during the previous calendar year in a standard edition of a full-length collection of poetry written by any African writer. An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African. This year’s prize will be judged by Matthew Shenoda, author of Somewhere Else, Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, and Tahrir Suite, and founding editor of the African Poetry Book Fund. To submit a book for consideration, please send four copies of each entry to the following address, postmarked between May 1 and October 1, 2016:
The Glenna Luschei Poetry Prize
The African Poetry Book Fund
Prairie Schooner
110 Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0334.

III. Call for Submissions from Emerging Craft Artists

Aspex Gallery's Natural Imperfections exhibitionAspex is seeking emerging craft artists, designers and makers working in all media for its open submission exhibition, Craft Emergency. This is an international opportunity, seeking applications from anyone who considers themselves to be an emerging craft artist.

A maximum of fifteen artists will be selected for a group show, which will open in November 2016. During this exhibition a winner will be chosen to receive a solo exhibition at Aspex in 2018 and a fee of a £1,000.

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“Having developed Craft Emergency steadily over the last few years, and having had the opportunity to present ambitious solo exhibitions by both of our last two winners, we are thrilled to be presenting the group exhibition in our main gallery space for the first time,” says Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex.

“We are extremely interested in exploring the way we can support the development of designer/makers, from sales in our shop through to our exhibition programme, so Craft Emergency and our partnership with Making Space is a key part of this strategy.”

This year’s Craft Emergency is in collaboration with Making Space, a studio and craft development organisation whose director, Lynne Dick, says: “Very often craft can be seen as something to be viewed in a shop or sold at a weekend craft fair – with no place in a contemporary art gallery, but Aspex is taking a lead in developing new exhibition opportunities and supporting new talent, and I’m pleased Making Space is helping to make this happen.”

The selectors are: Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Crafts Council; Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space; Thomas Appleton, Letter carver & Stonemason and Joanne Bushnell, Director, Aspex.

The Deadline for submissions is Sunday July 10, 2016.

Aspex Gallery
+44 (0)23 9277 8080

The Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays

IV. Film Africa 2016 Call for Submissions

Royal African Society's Film Africa FestivalWould you like to see your film on the big screen?
Submissions for Film Africa 2016 are now open!

Films can be submitted via our online submissions platform FilmFreeway, where you’ll find further information about the festival and how to submit. The closing date is 30 June 2016.

The sixth edition of Film Africa will take place in venues across London from Friday 28 October to Sunday 6 November 2016. We’ll be presenting another wide-ranging programme of films from across Africa and its diaspora, including bold and imaginative features, topical and engrossing documentaries and an eclectic shorts programme. Save the date and get ready for 10 days of discovery, lively debate, family fun, industry insight, parties and live music!

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Film Africa accepts films of all lengths and genres, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles on any topic. Help us spread our call for submissions and make 2016 our best edition yet.

Submissions may be eligible for our festival awards. The Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to support filmmakers living and working on the continent and the winning short is screened twice during the festival, including at the prestigious Film Africa Closing Gala on 6 November. All new feature films will be in the running for the AUF Audience Award for Best Feature Film supported by the African Union Foundation and chosen by you, the audience.

Our mailing address is:
Film Africa
Royal African Society
36 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PD
United Kingdom

V. 3rd Visa For Music Call for Performers

Visa For Music Africa & Middl East Music Festival call for entriesVisa For Music (VFM), the Africa and Middle East Music Meeting that is scheduled for November 16-19, 2016 in Rabat, Morocco, is calling for performers.

Artists/bands and DJs/VJs are invited to apply for Visa for Music 2016’ showcases before March 31, 2016 by sending their application to

Also wanted are musical documentaries highlighting specific issues relating to music and musicals in Africa or the Middle East. Applications should be sent to before before March 31, 2016.

The core strength of the fair will be the showcases whose goal is to put the spotlight on confirmed artists of Africa and the Middle East. 28 artists/bands will be selected by a qualified jury and will have the opportunity to perform in front of industry professionals from all over the world.

The main mission of VFM is to promote the constitution of a music marketplace in Africa and the Middle East in order to offer greater visibility as well as an environment favouring creativity and professionalization of the cultural sector. This event is also a means to galvanize the cultural creative industries of the region in order to stimulate its economy.

Visa For Music gathers artists, professional organizations, bands, independent and major labels, cultural institutions foundations, media and distributors, managers, agents and other professionals of the music industry.

Many others activities animate this meeting in order to make it an event full of interactivity and exchange: conferences and documentary films projection, professional training, speed meeting, networking, and professional sittings.

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VI. Encounters Documentary Festival Call for Entries

Encounters Documentary Festival 2016 Call for EntriesThe organisers of the 18th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival are inviting entries from South African and International filmmakers. Encounters is charging a submission fee of US$15 from non-African filmmakers.
Entries will be considered for: a). Audience Award for Best South African film, and b). Audience Award for Best International film.
Encounters, that shall be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, June 2-16, 2016, considers works in progress or rough cuts if the film will be ready in time for the Festival.
Details are on website or via tel 27 21 465 4686.

VII. Lola Kenya Children’s Screen‬ Call for Short Movies

Delightful movie people at Lola Kenya Screen film forum in Nairobi, KenyaLola Kenya Screen‬ invites short (maximum 30 minutes) ‪animation‬, ‪‎fiction‬, ‪‎documentary‬ and ‪‎experimental‬ films from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia for her ‪‎screening‬, ‪‎discussion‬ and ‪‎networking‬ forum that runs in ‪‎Nairobi‬ every last Monday of the month. ‪‎Creatively packaged‬ ‪music videos‬ and ‪‎video games‬ are also accepted.

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Details on the website and social media (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Flickr) @LolaKenyaScreen


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