Simulizi Festival (2)


18 Apr 2024
Call for entries

18 Jun 2024
Festival closed

01 Jul 2024
Notification date

26 Jul 2024
14 Dec 2024


Mlalakuwa,  14129, Dar Es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Festival description
Short film festival >15' 45'<
Feature film festival >60' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Does NOT have submission fees
 Continental Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Required
 Director nationalities: Required
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >15' 45'<
 Feature Films  >60' 120'<
English Kiswahili
English Kiswahili
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Festival start: 26 July 2024      Festival end: 14 December 2024

The Simulizi (Storytelling) Festival is not just a mere event; it's a semi year-round, multidisciplinary storytelling initiative that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional festivals. This dynamic platform harnesses the expressive mediums of film to initiate positive transformations and ignite conversations among the vibrant youth.

Committed to investing in the authenticity of youth narratives, the Simulizi Festival becomes a fertile ground for fostering vibrant discussion on most pressing issues.

Within this secure and nurturing space, the festival beckons young individuals to step forward and share their personal stories, addressing critical social issues that often go unspoken. By catalyzing open dialogue, Simulizi Festival becomes a melting pot of ideas, inviting attendees to explore and address various aspects of society within a supportive and artistically charged atmosphere.

In a world where discussions about youth matters are frequently overlooked or met with discomfort, the Simulizi Festival stands tall as a beacon of change. It doesn't just host an event; it cultivates a movement that challenges the status quo, emphasizing the importance of youth perspectives.

The second edition of this transformative journey takes place in the heart of art in East Africa, Dar Es Salaam, from the 26th of July to the 14th of December, 2024. It proudly stands as the first African-based youth film festival, utilizing the powerful medium of film to reach out to youth, both in and out of schools and colleges. The festival unfolds through a series of weekly film screenings, accompanied by thought-provoking debates and interactive Q&A sessions with protagonists, social activists, and government officials. This year, the festival expect to reach out more than 8,000 people across Tanzania mainland.

This festival is more than just a celebration; it is a testament to the power of storytelling and art in breaking down barriers, promoting understanding, and encouraging proactive engagement with pivotal societal issues. As the Simulizi Festival continues to evolve, its impact on youth empowerment and holistic well-being resonates outward, creating a brighter, well-informed future for all who engage with its vibrant tapestry of stories and perspectives.

1. Best Performance Award: Honoring an individual with an outstanding performance.

2. Emerging Talent Awards: Honoring the best-emerging filmmaker and/or actor from the college or school.

3. Impact Award: Awarding a figure whose work has been dedicated to social change.

4. Youth Voice Award: Recognizing the most compelling and authentic youth story, this award celebrates the power of young voices in shaping narratives that resonate and inspire.

5. Artistic Innovation Award: Highlighting creativity and ingenuity in storytelling, this award is bestowed upon works that push the boundaries of artistic expression, bringing fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to the forefront.

1. All submitted films should be in either English or Swahili. Films in other languages must include English or Swahili subtitles.

2. We only accept films with English or Swahili subtitles.

3. Your film should address youth, children girls and women issues within the African context.

4. We accept films produced between January 2019 and June 2024.

5. Your film should not be available on public platforms such as YouTube at the time of submission.

6. We accept films based and/or produced in Africa region especially in Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda,South Africa, and Kenya and produced by individuals who are either African and living in Africa or part of the African diaspora.



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