African Arts-Related Calls & Announcements

Encounters 2018 Call For Volunteers
The 20th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is calling on documentary enthusiasts to volunteer for the 2018 Festival. Encounters is a well-established film festival, which showcases local and international documentaries and runs various workshops, panels and master classes.
This opportunity is open to all people regardless of experience but the following criteria would be an advantage: Communication skills; Computer Literacy; Technical skills; Writing skills; Own car and Cellphone and Film Industry Experience.
The Encounters team is especially looking for assistance in the following areas:
• Administration
• Production
• Publicity
• Cinema management
Volunteers receive a travel and food allowance
If you are interested, send a 1 page resume/CV with contact information to Asanda @ by Friday 27 April 2018.
Please state the position that you most interested in when submitting your CV.
Some candidates can be appointed immediately

Festival Dates: 31 May – 10 June, 2018
Cape Town & Johannesburg
For more information on the Festival please visit our website

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Royal African Society's Film Africa 2018 invites the best African and African Diaspora cinema.Film Africa Call for Entries
Submissions for Film Africa 2018 are now open! Head over to our FilmFreeway page for more details on eligibility, fees and how to submit:
Film Africa 2018 will take place at venues across London November 2 – 18, bringing you another exciting programme of the best African and African Diaspora cinema. Brought to you by the Royal African Society.

Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature Call for Entries
Golden Baobab, a literary not-for-profit organisation based in Accra, Ghana that says it discovers, celebrates and nurtures children’s writers and illustrators from across Africa, invites African Writers & Illustrators for Children’s books to the the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize by March 31, 2018.
“You stand a chance to win one of US$5000 cash prizes and a publishing contract. Outstanding writers and illustrators will be connected to publishing opportunities, institutional and art gallery projects in Africa and around the world,” the organisers of Golden Baobab Prize say. “Visit for how to submit. Share with writers and artists in your networks. We look forward to receiving your entry!”

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award seeks the next rising star in African journalism
British Broadcasting Corporation has begun the search for Africa’s next journalism star – launching the 2018 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award from Accra, Ghana. Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the prestigious prize – which aims to promote fresh journalism talent from Africa.
Previous winners of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award are Nancy Kacungira from Uganda, Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria and Amina Yuguda also from Nigeria. All three winners used their time at the BBC to hone their journalism skills through training, workshops and mentorship. Working closely with leading talent within the BBC, the winners undertake a final project, travelling to Africa to report on a story that they have researched.
Now open for applications, entrants have until 23.59GMT on 23rd March 2018 to submit. The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in New Broadcasting House in London, gaining skills and experience.
For more information about the award, including how to apply, entry criteria, and terms and conditions visit

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Call for East African Music Video Award Entries
Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and TRACE Mziki invite entries for the 2018 Best East African Music Video Award.
To apply for consideration at ZIFF 2018, East African artists, video producers and directors should submit their videos via the ZIFF official website.
The videos must be for an East African artist and must have been created in 2017 or after.
The submission deadline is May 30, 2018.

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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.

Celebrating innovation and excellence in filmmaking, Aesthetica Short Film Festival is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of film forward.

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

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Delightful movie people at Lola Kenya Screen film forum in Nairobi, Kenya