African Film Festival (6)


01 Jan 2024
Call for entries

06 May 2024
Early deadline

05 Aug 2024
Standard deadline

09 Sep 2024
Late deadline

04 Oct 2024
Extended deadline


28 Oct 2024
Notification date

06 Dec 2024
07 Dec 2024


Manyatta,  N/A, Kisumu, Kisumu, Kenya

Festival description
Short film festival 45'<
Feature film festival >45'

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 July 2023
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  45'<
 Feature Films  >45'
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 06 December 2024      Festival end: 07 December 2024

The African Film Festival focuses on films made by Africans and those in the African Diaspora. Additionally, we showcase films shot in Kisumu, Kenya – an exciting birth of local stories being told through the medium of film.

Our first festival was opened by the RT. Honourable Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, and the Governor of Kisumu Kenya, his Excellence Professor Peter Nyong'o (also father of Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o). We also welcomed the Ugandan High Commissioner to Canada, Kisumu's Minister of Arts, Culture and Tourism, and filmmakers from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, the UK, Canada, and the US. Since then, we have continued to welcome filmmakers and film lovers from around the world!

In 2019, we were excited to open the festival with Bed of Thorns, Uganda's first movie made with an all-female crew, and to welcome Artist in Residence Giggs Kgonamotse Kgole, one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 young South Africans, whose work “God Ke Mama” was the catalogue cover of the 10th Anniversary Young Masters Art Prize in London.

During COVID, we were forced to present scaled down versions of the festival, but we returned in full force in December, 2022 for our 5th edition of the festival, during which we held two open forums, multi-day workshops on production design and sales/distribution, three days of screenings and a gala awards event, and welcomed the Kenyan Film Commission, Kenyan Film Classification Board and the Kisumu Minister of Arts, Culture and Sport. In 2023 we welcomed Kenyan actor Charles Ouda, who came to present an award and speak with the kids who came to watch our world premiere of episodes 3 and 4 of Twende, in which he starred. Our guest of honour was her excellency, Kisumu First Lady Dorthy Nyong'o, who also happens to be the mother of Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.

All festival programmers are Africans. Given our focus on filmmakers, each submission is watched by at least two people. If they disagree, a third programmer will review the film. Then, the top scoring films are considered by the programming team as a whole. Our goal is to be as fair as possible, giving every submission a reasonable opportunity to be selected. With that said, in 2023, each film was watched by at least 5 programmers.

Awards are determined by a jury, and provided in all categories.

Your film must be eligible for the category within which it has been submitted. All movies submitted must have been completed no earlier than July 1, 2023.



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