African Arts-Related Calls & Announcements

Berlinale Talents 2018 Call for Applications

Invitation to Smartphone Film Competition
Alliance Française of Nairobi invites entries for the 2nd Smartphone Film Competition. This year’s theme is ‘Storo za familia’ / ‘Family Stories’ / ‘Histoire de Familles’.
Open to all residents of Kenya over the age of 18 yrs. The film must be 4 minutes maximum including credits.
First Prize: Sh100,000.
Details on
Deadline for entries: midnight, October 1, 2017.

Affordable Art Show 2017 Call for Submission
Kenya Museum Society (KMS) invites artists interested in participating in its annual Affordable Art Show scheduled for October 28-29, 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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