African Arts-Related Calls & Announcements

28th African, Asian and Latin America Film Festival Call for EntriesInfecting the City Goes Biennial
Cape Town (South Africa)’s Infecting the City public arts festival is shifting from an annual to to a biennale event.
“We believe this approach is the only way we can collectively create a socially engaged, high quality and abundant festival that has sustainable relevance,” The Africa Centre, Organisers of the event, say.”We will be calling for applications in March 2018 for the Festival to be hosted in March 2019.”

Aesthetica Short Film Festival Submissions Open
The 8th BAFTA-Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is now open for entries. Celebrating innovation and excellence in filmmaking, ASFF is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of film forward.
ASFF accepts submissions from across 11 genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video or Thriller.
New to 2018, ASFF will also accept submissions in Narrative and Documentary Feature Films, over 60 minutes. In addition, filmmakers working on Virtual and Augmented Reality projects are also invited to submit, to explore game changing forms of storytelling.
ASFF 2018 Prizes include:

  • Screen at a major BAFTA-Recognised UK and International Festival
  • Awards for Best of Category, Festival Winner (£1,000) & People’s Choice
  • The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay (£1,000)
  • Further exposure with editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine and on Aesthetica’s online channels (319,000 readership worldwide)
  • Screenings in various guest programmes at other film festival & events
    Submit your film: Deadline: May 31, 2018.

Call for International Dance Workshop Participants
Dancer and Choreographer Fernando Anuang’a invites applicants from any part of the world interested in exploring the essence of Maasai dance and Contemporary African dance through the dances of Kenya to send in their application.
The workshop, to be held in Maasai Mara Game Reserve February 26-March 10, 2018, is open to all level of dancers interested in African dance and an introduction to contemporary African dance. A unique experience to dance in the nature at Maasai Mara.
Details on website.

Celebrating innovation and excellence in filmmaking, Aesthetica Short Film Festival is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of film forward.African, Asian and Latin America Film Festival Call for Entries
Festival Cinema Africano Asia America Latina is now open for Entries for the 28th edition of African, Asian and Latin America Film Festival. It will take place in Milan, Italy, March 18-25, 2018. The rules for submission are available at and the entry form at
The deadline for entries is December21, 2017.

Sillerman First Book Prize Call for Entries
The African Poetry Book Series invites submissions to the Sillerman First Book Prize from all emerging African writers who have not yet published a book-length collection of poetry. The winning manuscript receives publication through with the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal and a prize of USD $1000.
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. Past winners include Madman at Kilifi by Clifton Gachagua, The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony by Ladan Osman, Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw, The January Children by Safia Elhillo, and Stray by Bernard Matambo.
Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. All entries will be read anonymously, and the winner will be chosen by the African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board. There is no fee to submit, and no application forms are necessary. Writers may submit more than one manuscript. The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets accepts electronic submissions ONLY.
The contest is open through December 1, 2017.

Safia Elhillo's The January ChildrenDurban FilmMart 2018 Call for Projects
The Durban FilmMart is open to full length feature and documentary films projects with Africans in the major creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders. All film projects submitted are reviewed by a selection committee for consideration. All projects must have both a producer and director attached to them, and must be submitted by 12 December 2017.
Ten documentary and ten fiction feature length film projects will be selected from the submissions, and these projects will undergo a two-day packaging and mentoring programme followed by two days of one-on-one meetings with a panel of film financiers, buyers and distributors from across the globe.
Over the years the DFM has supported the development of over 170 African co- production projects, many of which have been developed into fully-fledged film products with cinema and festival release.
The Durban FilmMart is a joint project of Durban Film Office, the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which strives to support and stimulate the growth of African film and develop connections between African film makers and the rest of the world. “With two recent Durban FilmMart projects Inxeba (The Wound) and Train of Salt and Sugar having been selected as Best Foreign Language Films for the next Academy Awards, we are seeing the impact that the support of projects in development has on the industry on a global level,” enthuses Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office.
For more about the Durban FilmMart 2018, project submission criteria and how to submit your project, visit the DFM website.

The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony by Ladan OsmanArtist In Residency Call for Applications
The Africa Centre is now accepting applications for its 2017 Artist In Residency (AIR) Programmes in Australia, Brazil, Spain, Italy and the United States.
The Africa Centre is seeking high calibre African artists, in different stages of their development (from emerging to late career), who are provocative, innovative, and stretching the boundaries of their artistic practice. The residencies are available to composers, writers, video/filmmakers, curators, visual and performance artists as well as other forms, whose work is inspired by or relates to the challenges facing humanity.
The AIR partners will select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre for one of their 2018 residencies. Each residency offers a distinct structure, set of requirements and duration. The costs of the residency and round-trip airfare are included in each residency award made. This year there are two distinct application processes:
Mid – Late Career Artists interested in the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency in Italy can read the application guidelines here. Bellagio Center applications close on December 1st 2017.
Emerging – Mid Career Artists – interested in residency opportunities at Bundanon Trust in Australia, Instituto Sacatar in Brazil, Jiwar in Spain, Fountainhead Residency in Miami or International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, can read the application guidelines here. The deadline for applications in this category is December 16, 2017.
For further queries email:

2nd KARA Business Expo & Conference Invites Participants
Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) invites sponsors, exhibitors and partners to its 2nd KARA Business Expo & Conference scheduled for December 1-3, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The highlight of the event will be the debut Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards (AREA). The awards, which is the first of its kind, is designed to reward Resident Associations that have demonstrated exemplary performance in promoting sustainable development and access to better public services in Kenya. AREA addresses the twin issue of celebrating the work of Resident Associations in Kenya and rewarding those that have done exceptionally well in influencing provision of better services and championing the interests of their members.
Inquiries may be addressed to
Nancy Kariuki | Programs Manager
Cellphone No: +254725983445 ¦ Email:

Prix Jeunesse 2018 Call for Entries
Prix Jeunesse International Festival & Competition (May 25-30, 2018) invites best children’s and youth TV programmes!
The deadline for programme submission is December 11, 2017. The deadline for individual registration is April 30, 2018.
The theme of the festival is ‘Strong Stories for Strong Children – Resilience and Storytelling’
Contest rules and entry forms are available at Berlinale Talents 2018 Call for Applications

Affordable Art Show 2017 Call for Submission
Kenya Museum Society (KMS) invites artists interested in participating in its annual Affordable Art Show scheduled for November 3-5, 2017 to confirm their intention to participate by sending an e-mail to, giving their name, phone and email contacts and stating the type of work they will submit to the show.
The show is open to painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media work. Accepted submissions will be juried, guided by the following criteria:
1). Each piece of any type must be limited in size to a maximum of 100cm x 100cm to facilitate buyers in carrying their work home in their cars. Please note that in our experience smaller pieces are more likely to sell.
2). The work must be created in 2017.
3). All paintings must be framed/stretched and ready for exhibiting, preferably with no glass. All fragile 3-dimensional pieces must be submitted in protective packaging. Please note: KMS will not be responsible for any damage to fragile pieces of work.
4). Artists must price their work reasonably and affordably, at a maximum of Ksh 99,999,
A pre-selection panel will approve sale prices proposed for art work by artists. KMS will retain 30% of the sales price for cash sales and 35% for credit card sales.
Selected artwork will be exhibited and sold to support the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
Further information or inquiry may be made via phone 0724 255 299 or 233 9158 or e-mail

Selected artwork for the Affordable Art Show-cum-fundraiser will be exhibited and sold for the purpose of supporting the National Museums of KenyaApply for Music Touring Support
Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) invites musicians to apply for touring support as part of its Music In Africa Connects – Artist Mobility Programme. The mobility programme is made possible with support from the Siemens Foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Musicians in conflict-stricken countries–Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria, Chad, Mali and Niger–are invited to apply for touring support by September 10, 2017.

The programme supports musicians to undertake live music performance tours and collaboration:
a). National (where musicians tour locally in their own countries)
b). Regionally (across Africa)
c). Internationally (Germany).

This call is for National Tours only.

This opportunity is open to all musicians from the participating countries, including solo musicians and bands.
The bulk of the activities must take place outside the city/location where the artist or band is based and must not go beyond the country;
Touring projects applied for must start from October 15, 2017 onwards and must be completed by December 15, 2017;
Budgets submitted must adhere to stipulations as indicated in the call;
The artist or band must have a valid bank account;
The artist or band must be based in the eligible countries listed above.
All activities must avoid high-risk areas. Applicants must confirm that they have made efforts to ascertain this.

The applicant must be based in the eligible countries.

Projects submitted for consideration must have firm plans for a live music performance outside the city where the artist or band is based.
Applicants may visit more than one city and/or perform at more than one venue in each city.
Performances at festivals and showcases are welcome if they are taking place in the same country.
The applicant should demonstrate that such performances will develop her/his professional or creative practice;
Tour projects that have artistic collaboration components between musicians that lead to live music performances are welcome.
Proof of tour arrangements will be required from the venues where the performances will take place.

Amount applied for is up to €2000.

Applications will only be done electronically using the form provided by the MIAF in either French or English.

Successful applicants will be announced by September 20, 2017 and their names will be published on within 30 days after they have been selected.

Enquiries and further information available via

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Musicians in conflict-stricken African countries--Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria, Chad, Mali and Niger--are invited to apply for touring support by September 10, 2017.Berlinale Talents 2018 Call for Applications
If you are a filmmaker or drama series creator who has a 5-10-year work experience under your belt, then Berlinale Talents wants
you to apply for its mentoring, networking and project development for exceptional film and drama series professionals from around
the world by September 4, 2017.
The programme targets:

  • Actors
  • Cinematographers
  • Directors
  • Distributors
  • Editors
  • Film critics
  • Producers
  • Production designers
  • Sales agents
  • Screenwriters
  • Score composers
  • Sound designers

Berlinale Talents is Berlin International Film Festival’s talent development programme that brings 250 Talents from 12 disciplines
together during the festival to receive guidance and inspiration from top-notch experts and to make invaluable contacts with fellow participants and industry professionals.
Apply Online at by September 4, 2017 at 23:59 (CEST).

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Golden Baobab Prize Call for Submissions
The Golden Baobab announces the call for submissions for the 8th edition of the Golden Baobab Prize, Africa’s leading children’s literary award.
The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize invites submissions of unpublished manuscripts and illustrations for children’s stories. Entry is open to citizens of any African country.
The award categories for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize are:
The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 4-8.
The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 9-11.
The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators, for the best artwork that matches illustration briefs provided, intended for children ages 4-11.
All winners will receive a cash prize US$5000 and press publicity. Winners of the literature prizes are guaranteed a publishing deal. Longlisted and Shortlisted writers are connected with publishers across Africa.
Finalist illustrators participate in exhibitions and have their work shared with a network of African and international publishers. The Prize submission deadline is December 1, 2017.
This 8th edition of the Prize presents a heavier focus on publishing to prioritize the production of more African children’s books.
The Golden Baobab Prize now facilitates relationships between finalist writers and illustrators and a growing network of African publishers with the goal to get more African books into the hands of children all over the world.
For information please visit

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 Lola Kenya 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.

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

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