Here is an awesome opportunity for African filmmakers and content creators to launch their work into the limelight. I will be a judge in this short film competition which is a collaborative initiative between the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), The Africa Narrative at the University of Southern California Norman Lear Center, and YouTube.
The initiative was launched to propel African content creators and their work into the mainstream consciousness of American and international audiences, who are all too often, exposed to media narratives of Africa that are widely distorted and shaped by non-Africans.
Filmmakers selected by a special jury will be given an extraordinary opportunity to embark on an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles, CA to attend the 28th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles on February 2020. While in California, winners will be the VIP guests of both the Pan African Film Festival and YouTube and will attend a variety of public and private events that showcase and promote their talents, including a public screening of each winning entry.
An Audience Award will also be given to the semifinalist film that receives the most votes from the online public.
Production: Completed films must have been produced within the last three years. (after Jan 2017)
Genre: All genres will be accepted
Language: Must be English language or with English subtitles. If needed, please go HERE for YouTube subtitling tools.
Length: The completed film must be less than 30mins (including film credits)
Location: The completed film must be shot entirely on the African continent.
Who Can Apply: Entrant(s)/Content Creator(s) must self identify as African and reside and work on the African continent
Submission Fee: There is no submission cost for this competition.
Submissions Deadline: Submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on October 31, 2019.
Brief Timeline: Up to 54 Semi-Finalists will be announced in November and showcased on the PAFF YouTube channel HERE. Up to 20 Finalists will be announced on December 2019. Competition Winners will be announced on January 2020.
Terms and Conditions: Complete terms and conditions for iamAFRICA Short Film Competition HERE
So, go ahead and send in your entries or share this information with people you know might be interested! Good luck!