African Arts-Related Calls & Announcements

Berlinale Talents 2018 Call for ApplicationsBerlinale 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).

BBC Calls for Somali Poetry Entries by Young Women
BBC Somali service invites women aged 16-35 years with no restrictions on their level of experience or location to send in their original poetry for a new contest. The poetry, in Somali, should run a maximum of 15 lines long and not more than one minute of recording.
A panel of judges will select one winner and two runners-up and will be looking for the quality of the language and conformity of the work to Somali poetry rules in terms of rhyme, rhythm and theme. The closing date for entries is June 15, 2017.
Entries are to be submitted by e-mail to Details of how to enter including the full terms and conditions are available on
The winner of the BBC Somali Young Female Poet of the Year Award 2017 and two runners up will be announced at a special event to mark the 60th anniversary of BBC Somali that will be held in Hargeisa on July 18, 2017.

Indentured Labour Anthology Call for Entries
Commonwealth Writers and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, are looking for submissions from writers whose heritage includes the experience of indentured labour.
They are looking for poetry, nonfiction legacy of indentured labour.
All writers from the Commonwealth are eligible.
Please submit only ONE of the following:

  • One Poem or
  • One nonfiction proposal or
  • One short story

Please ensure your name, the title and page numbers are included on the document you submit.
The length of the short story/nonfiction should be between 1500 and 5000 words. Please include a short biography, stating what your nationality is, and your writing history.
Send your submissions to by June 5, 2017. Please write ‘Indentured Labour Anthology’ in the subject heading.and fiction to be published in 2018 by the School of Advanced Study to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of indentured labour.
The anthology will explore and be shaped by the

12th Africa in Motion (AiM) Call for Film
Filmmakers of African nationality, from the African diaspora or who identify themselves as African are invited to submit short films of no longer than 30 minutes for Africa in Motion’s 2017 short film competition. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2017. A substantial cash prize will be awarded to the winner of this competition strand. The 12th edition of the Africa in Motion Film Festival will take place from October 27 to November 5, 2017 in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Africa in Motion’s annual short film competition has been running for ten years with the aim of supporting young and emerging African filmmakers. Filmmakers who enter must not have previously made a feature-length film. This call for short films refers to those works completed during 2015 or later. All genres are welcome.
Those film submissions that have been successfully shortlisted will be announced in August 2017 and screened during the 12th edition of the festival.
In addition to the overall winner chosen by the jury, an Audience Choice Award will be given and announced at the close of the festival.
This competition is free to enter with the hope that the prize will be invested into future film projects by the winning filmmaker(s).
Submit your film at
For full guidelines:

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Cinema City International Film Festival Call for Entries
Cinema City International Film Festival of Serbia invites filmmakers from across the globe to apply for its Up to 10000 Bucks programme. This selection is one of the most appealing festival programmes which presents films made with no budget or with a budget of less than US$10000. Thanks to this authentic programme, every year festival goers have a beautiful chance to enjoy unique low-budget auteur films from all over the world.
The Festival will take into consideration only films released in 2016 and 2017 with a budget of up to US$10000. All film genres are welcome. The call will be open until May 30, 2017 and anyone wishing to apply can do so by filling out the form at
For the last nine years, the Up to 10000 Bucks programme has been offering a creative mosaic of diverse contemporary ideas, challenges and insights marked by the original expression of filmmakers from all around the world. The program presents feature films, documentaries, animated films, student and experimental films, all bound by the courageous venture of talented artists who are capable of creating a magnificent piece of art in spite of the lack of the financial assets.
The 10th edition of the Cinema City which is taking place in Serbia, city of Novi Sad, will offer to visitors a unique festival experience through carefully selected films of the newest production, made by young talents from all over the globe who are shaping the future of national and world cinema.

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

Videos on Diversity and Social Inclusion Wanted
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite young people around the world aged up to 25 to submit original and creative videos short videos, up to five minutes maximum, focusing on migration, diversity and social inclusion of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival by June 4, 2017.
PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, human rights and xenophobia, both at local and global levels through video production.
Three PLURAL+ International Jury Award winners in each age category (up to 12, 13-17, 18-25) receive US$1000 as well as being invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + Festival Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media. PLURAL+ partner organizations award other prizes and professional opportunities to more than 20 of the best videos submitted, partners award winning videos will be invited to present their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.
In addition to the three International Jury award winners, PLURAL+ 2017 will also provide, for the first time, the “PLURAL+ Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia”, and the winner will also be flown to New York to participate and present his/her video at the PLURAL+ 2017 Festival and Awards Ceremony.
Further information, including guidelines, rules and regulations and the entry form is available at website.

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Short Story Day Africa 2017 Call for Submission
Submissions open 1 June 2017 | Submissions close 31 July 2017
First prize: US$800 | Second prize: US$200 | Third prize: US$100
Short Story Day Africa’s theme for 2017 is “ID”. This year, we’re looking for innovative short fiction that explores identity, especially (but not limited to) the themes of gender identity and sexuality.
In modern Africa, our identities are too often defined for us and not by us, trapped by society, biology and history. In 2017, we hope to see work that seeks to break and redefine the strictures put onto our identities, as individuals and as peoples. Fiction that looks beyond the boundaries of expectation, and peers into the truest definitions of ourselves.
Terms and conditions of entry:
*Any African citizen or African person living in the diaspora*, as well as persons residing permanently (granted permanent residence or similar) in any African country, may enter.
*Writers may only submit one story for the competition. Repeat entries by the same writer will be disqualified.
*Writers are welcome to submit stories in any fiction genre.
*Stories must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length.
*Stories must be submitted in English. While you are free to incorporate other languages into your story, the story must be able to be understood fully by its English content.
*Stories must be submitted online via Submittable between 1 June 2017 – 3 1 July 2017. The link to the submission form will be made live on 1 June 2017.
*To facilitate easy reading and judging, please format your stories according to the format stipulated below. Stories not formatted in this way are at the risk of being disqualified.
*Stories must not have been previously published in any form or any format.
*Simultaneous submissions are not welcome. Any story entered or published elsewhere during the course of judging or publication will be disqualified.
*You are welcome to enter under a pseudonym or nom de plume, as long as you also include your real name along with your entry.
*All entries will be judged anonymously. Please DO NOT put your name or any other identifying details anywhere on your manuscript.
*By submitting a story the author attests that it is their own original work and grants exclusive global print and digital rights to Short Story Day Africa for one year, and thereafter agrees to seek permission to republish and when published elsewhere attributes first publication to Short Story Day Africa; non-exclusive digital rights to Worldreader to publish individual stories on Worldreader Mobile; and non-exclusive digital rights to BooksLive for publicity purposes.
*By entering, the author agrees to allowing Short Short Story Day Africa to include their entry in an anthology should it be selected by the judges; and to working with editors to get their story publication ready.
Short story day africa is a non-profit registered in the republic of south africa.

 Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 Call for Entries
The seventh Aesthetica Short Film Festival is open for entries. ASFF provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work to a wider audience, and is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward.

To enter, visit

Deadline 31 May 2017.

Participants at Film Africa festival in 2016. Film Africa 2017 Call for Submissions
Film Africa, The Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora, invites entries.
Film Africa accepts entries via online submissions platform FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click to submit your film: The deadline is June 30, 2017. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

 Kampala International Theatre Festival Invites Applications
The 4th Kampala International Theatre Festival that is scheduled for November 22-26, 2017 invites artists from the disciplines of theatre to submit their applications. Next to full productions and staged readings or workshop productions are welcome till June 30, 2017.
Kampala International Theatre Festival
c/o Bayimba Cultural Foundation
P.O. Box 34806 Kampala, Uganda.

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Movie practitioners network during Lola Kenya Screen film forum, Nairobi's premier critical screen arts platform that has met monthly at Goethe-Institut since 2005. 9th Le Kolatier Africa Music Market Call for Artists
Le Kolatier 2017, the Africa Music Market held in Yaounde, Cameroon, invites applications for its 9th edition scheduled for October 11-14, 2017.

Le Kolatier is a platform for meetings and exchanges between actors in the field of music industry, with the aim of providing a good opportunity for emerging African music groups and contributing to the development of the African music industry.

Conditions for participation of groups
-African emerging artists or groups living on the continent who do not yet have international visibility
-Have at least one album recorded in professional conditions
-Present original works. We favor the enhancement of African heritage.
-To be able to present a video of a show turned in professional conditions Justify a professional approach

Le Kolatier does not pay fees, but can take care of the accommodation during the market period (hotel and meal), and offers accreditation to participate in all activities.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2017.

Groups selected by the International Committee will be informed by June 30, 2017.

For the submission of applications, please consult the online form on

For further information: or call +237-671 154 274.

 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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