Arts-Related Calls & Announcements

I). Commonwealth Short Story Prize Call for Entries
The call for entries for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 opens on September 1, 2016.
Call for Entriescompetition for 2017 opens on September 1, 2016.
Eligible for ssubmission to the literary prize are unpublished short fiction between 2000 and 5000 words. Short stories translated into English as well as those in Bengali, Portuguese and Kiswahili are accepted.Stories must be submitted via its online entry form by November 1, 2016.
The overall winner Commonwealth Short Story Prize receives £5000 while the regional winners receive £2500.
Parashar Kulkarni of India was overall winner Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2016. He received the award Marlon James, during the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica.

II). 6th Luxor African Film Festival Call for Entries
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), that takes place place March 16-22, 2017, has officially launched the call for film entries.
LAFF is receiving films from African countries by African filmmakers except for al-Husseiny Abou-Deif Freedom & Human Rights Competition that is open to films from all over the world.
Sayed Fouad, LAFF president, says Morocco is the country guest of honor at the sixth edition. Azza al-Husseiny, LAFF executive director, says the sixth edition of the festival will give tribute to Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, Egyptian director Youssry Nasrallah and Egyptian star Nelly Karim.
LAFF is organised by Independent Shabab Foundation with the support of the Egyptian ministries of Culture, Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Youth; The National Bank of Egypt; The Luxor Governorate and the Egyptian Film Syndicate.
The deadline for film submission is December 15, 2016.

III). KidzFlicks 2017 Call for Entries
KidzFlicks, The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children invites films from all over the world.
International exchanges are an important and exciting part of the KidzFlicks Festival. Our young Australian audiences are always keen to view the work of children their own age making films in other parts of the world and we are always grateful for the opportunity to screen these films, allowing us to create a truly mulitcultural festival.
Please submit your films to the KidzFlicks Festival. The Entry form is available at
KidzFlicks strives to be an open and inclusive festival. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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IV). Artists In Residency Call for Applications
Artists In Residency (AIR) is seeking applications from high calibre African artists, in different stages of their career development (from emerging to late career), who are provocative, innovative, and are stretching the boundaries of their artistic practice.
The residencies are available to composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, curators, visual and performance artists as well as artists of other forms whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues and promotes the well-being of humankind.
The AIR partners select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre, for one of their 2017 or 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.
Artists interested in a Rockefeller Bellagio Center residency may read the application guidelines here for further information about this residency and the various application methods available.
Artists interested in our other residencies opportunities may read the application guidelines here for further information about the residencies and the various application methods available.
For further queries email:
Applications close on September 30, 2016.

V). Write a Script in One Month!
The BlueCat Screenplay Competition Launches Writing Challenge in August!
Writers will gather for a virtual write-in on Facebook to complete a screenplay in 31 days.
This August, join hundreds of writers and complete a feature-length screenplay in one month! It’s completely free.
Throughout the whole month, BlueCat’s writers will write 3 pages per day, led by BlueCat judge and founder Gordy Hoffman.
Every day, writers will share their daily progress on our Facebook Group and encourage each other in the pursuit of completing an entire screenplay in one month.
No rules, no judgement——simply write a script by the end of August!
Here is what you have to do:
Join our Facebook Group to share your progress with others as you write your script
Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates throughout the challenge
Find an idea and get ready to start writing August 1st!
Check out this video with Gordy Hoffman explaining more about Goalpost:
Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

VI). Digital Lab Africa Call for Projects
The Digital Lab Africa–a new platform for African talent in multimedia organised by the French Institute of South Africain partnership with DISCOP Africa and TRACE–call for projects targets Artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries are invited to submit their innovative projects in four categories of multimedia production:
a). Virtual reality
b). Web creation/transmedia
c). Video game (serious game)
d). Digital music
The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to provide a springboard for African talent in multimedia creation and to make their project happen with the support of French leading companies in their field (studios, producers, broadcasters, distributors). The incubation ticket will include time of residence in France within digital clusters and a 3000 Euro cash prize.
More information on website.
Deadline to submit your project is August 31, 2016.

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VII). Call for Entries for Berlinale Talents 2017
Berlinale Talents is the festival’s creative networking platform for film and TV drama series professionals from around the world.
Until September 1, 2016, the application for the 2017 edition of Berlinale Talents is open.
Berlinale Talents is the festival’s creative networking platform for film and TV drama series professionals from around the world. It consists of the Summit with master classes and interactive panel discussions as well as various Studio programmes and Project Labs.
Some 250 international creatives from 12 different disciplines are invited to Berlin to expand their horizons through invaluable input. They share experiences with experts and among each other and become a part of the ever-growing community of Berlinale Talents alumni.
Berlinale Talents is dedicated to film and TV drama series professionals in the fifth to tenth year of their careers:
a). actors
b). cinematographers
c). directors
d). distributors
e). editors
f). film critics
g). producers
h). production designers
i). sales agents
j). screenwriters
k). score composers
l). sound designers
For more information on the application procedure please visit the Berlinale Talents website and watch the application video or check out the event’s page on facebook.

VIII). Call for Participation in Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theater.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Center is announcing a call for participation in the Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theater (3rd Edition), which will be held from 20–28 April 2017. The festival is a new platform through which the Bibliotheca Alexandrina can introduce international contemporary theatrical performances to local audiences. Theater groups from all over the world are invited to take part in the festival. The BA will host 15 performances.
The Arts Center is interested in hosting diverse performances by artists who present innovative and highly-professional works and performances that have clear visions or interact with society in a creative way. The festival welcomes pantomime, comedy, improvisation, clowns, contemporary dance, multimedia, and interactive performances.
Deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday, 31 August 2016. Accepted performances will be notified after Wednesday, 5 October 2016.
Please find details at

IX). 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.

X). 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.

XI). 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