READ THE FOLLOWING RULES AND REGULATIONS CAREFULLY
The Africa International Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “AFRIFF”) is Africa’s exciting new annual destination for fantastic film experience and celebration in Nigeria every November. AFRIFF aims at establishing itself as a major international film festival, while continuing to act as a platform for showcasing excellence in African cinema and simultaneously contributing to the development and growth of the industry and its talent.
1. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES
The categories for submission are (A) Feature films, (B) Short films, (C) Documentary films and (D) Animation films.
2. ELIGIBILITY FOR SELECTION
A – General Eligibility
Unless a special waiver is granted by AFRIFF:
a) Films must have been produced after January 1, of each previous year.
b) Preference is given to films, which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa.
c) Until the end of AFRIFF, films must not have been broadcasted and/or made available on television, the internet, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform now known or thereafter devised.
B – Eligibility by Category
Feature Films: Films must be a work of fiction that equals or exceeds 50 minutes in length and the maximum runtime 150 minutes.
Short Films: Films must be a work of fiction that does not exceed 40 minutes in length.
Documentary Films: Films must be a work of non-fiction. The minimum runtime length is 45 minutes and the maximum runtime 150 minutes.
Animation Films: Films must be a work of fiction that does not exceed 120 minutes. For this category
3. SELECTION COMMITTEE AND JURY
AFRIFF will solely appoint a selection committee to review submitted features, documentaries, animations and short films. The committee will decide on the official selection to enter the four categories in competition.
AFRIFF will solely appoint a jury including members of the international film community to decide on winners for each of the four categories in competition.
Entries must be submitted before July 24 2016. Any submission and/or material received after the deadline will not be accepted.
The entry form will be filled and submitted online. All films will be submitted online via Dropbox/Vimeo. Please include your password with the link
Please ensure that the film title and all other requested information is provided in English.
Submission of Works in Progress
It is NOT acceptable to submit a working copy of a film. ‘Work-in-progress’ entries are not allowed. AFRIFF only accepts the final version of films.
Storage of Submissions
AFRIFF retains the right to keep all submissions as well as associated materials for its use. AFRIFF reserves the right to transfer submissions to a master hard drive digital library, building a digital reference archive (“AFRIFF Permanent Digital Library”). AFRIFF will not theatrically screen for commercial purposes any films without the express written consent of the appropriate rights holder(s).
5. SELECTED FILMS
The Selection Committee will at its own discretion select between 5 to 10 nominees for each category.
ONLY the selected films will official selection notification emails be sent to by the end of September annually. AFRIFF will also advise you of further requirements and next steps in said correspondence.
The nominees for each category will be announced during the first half of October each year.
If a film has NOT been selected, the announcement of the final selection will serve as notice. For the avoidance of doubt, AFRIFF shall not comment on the grounds of not selecting a film.
Nominee Submission Material
Once a film has been selected, the subsequent submission material required is:
The final screening copy of the film, which can only be submitted in the Bluray format
If the original language(s) of the film is not in English, the final screening copy must be subtitled in English.
Selected films should be submitted with an Electronic Press Kit (“EPK”) of the film including but not limited to a Digital Hard drive or DVD copy of the trailer used for promotional purposes and 2 still images of the film in Jpeg or PDF format in high-resolution.
AFRIFF must receive the print/tape/Hard drive (as applicable) of the film for screening purposes before November 1st.
For the avoidance of doubt, once a film is selected, the submitter will not be able to withdraw the entry.
35mm Prints of all films selected for the Africa International Film Festival will be insured throughout the period in which they are in the festival’s custody. In the case of loss or damage during AFRIFF, AFRIFF will be responsible only for the replacement value of the print, if the said print was originally received by the festival in good condition.
Screenings and Scheduling
Selected Films may be screened up to three times to AFRIFF’s public audiences. The film may be screened in advance of the festival for accredited press and industry members. AFRIFF will at its sole discretion decide on the dates and order of the screening(s) of each film.
6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND UNDERTAKING
Submission and participation in AFRIFF implies acceptance of the Regulations.
The submitter hereby represents and warrants that he/she holds all rights in and to the film and Material and that he/she has the authority and capacity to submit the film and Material for AFRIFF.
The submitter acknowledges that AFRIFF shall not be held liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any loss or damage of whatever type or nature incurred as a result of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or Material. Furthermore, the submitter undertakes to indemnify and keep AFRIFF indemnified against all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, costs, damages or loss arising out of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or Material.
The submitter also understands and acknowledges that the AFRIFF Submission Information (Form) and the present Regulations form a consolidated and unified document and that therefore the AFRIFF Submission Form shall be considered as incorporated herein by reference.
7. ADDITIONAL TERMS
No editorial cuts or changes to any film will be made at any time by AFRIFF for any reason or under any circumstances.
AFRIFF undertakes to take all possible anti-piracy precautions. All prints and associated copyrighted materials will be securely stored while on AFRIFF premises. Access is limited to AFRIFF’s nominated staff only and all movement of prints will be strictly monitored. No duplication or loaning is permitted and no prints will ever leave the custody and care of AFRIFF or its authorized agents during AFRIFF.
Festival Management’s Discretion
AFRIFF will decide in its discretion on all issues and matters not foreseen by these Regulations. AFRIFF further retains the right to permit exceptions to the application of these Regulations at any time in its discretion.
All AFRIFF nominated films and award winners undertake to include, in a clear and visible manner, on the Home Video release of their film (i.e. DVD. Blu Ray, online availability…) and on any and all promotional material (including but not limited to posters, banners, EPK’s, websites…) a specific logo to be provided by AFRIFF.