18th Addis International Film Festival (18)


01 Jan 2024
Call for entries

10 Apr 2024
Festival closed

16 May 2024
Notification date

15 May 2024
19 May 2024


Bole medhanialem, behind Edna mall, Lucky Building-5th floor, Addis Ababa,  P.O.Box - 1123, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<
Feature film festival >50' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2021
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Feature Films  >50' 120'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 15 May 2024      Festival end: 19 May 2024

The Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) is an annual film festival created by Initiative Africa in 2007 and held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The festival is the largest independent documentary cinema festival in Africa and it was established as a unique initiative seeking to use the power of documentary films to support innovative ways of creating awareness on social issues.

The festival is a celebratory and educational event showcasing a carefully curated selection of films from both seasoned and emerging filmmakers addressing a wide range of themes such as peace building, inequality, women empowerment, children's rights, and much more.

The 18th Edition of the Addis International Film Festival (AIFF). As Ethiopia's established social activist, Initiative Africa will be hosting a five-day documentary film festival starting May 15th to May 19th, 2024, bringing more than 30 local and international movies, under the themes of Action for Peace, Security, and Reconciliation, Gender Equality and Inclusivity, Food and Environmental Security, and Health Care which will be taking place at the Alliance Ethio-Française, Hager Fikir Theater, Goethe-Institut Äthiopien and Italian Cultural institute in Addis Ababa.

The audience of the festival are mostly the youth and educated community who have the courage to change their society. We screen the films for free with no payment required for entrance.

AIFF is now accepting film submissions until April 10, 2024.


•Only films completed after January 2021 are eligible to apply.

•AIFF accepts shorts (under 30min) and Feature length films (over 50min).

•Genres shown at AIFF include Documentary, animation, experimental and narrative.

•Films made in languages other than English should have subtitles in English.

•No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival program after its publication.

•AIFF no longer accepts DVD submissions. All films must be submitted digitally via the online submission form located at www.addisfilmfestival.org

The list of selected films will be published on the festival website (www.addisfilmfestival.org) and unless otherwise requested, all information contained on the entry form will be made public on the official festival website: www.addisfilmfestival.org

Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the festival program during the event.

During the entire duration of the festival none of the films invited may be shown outside the festival's official theaters before its official screening.

Submission of films to the AIFF indicates acceptance of the festival rules, regulations, and submission guidelines.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2024 Addis International Film Festival with films, music and lots of networking!



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