YouTube and Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) are doing a collaborative initiative called on The iamAFRICA Short Film Competition.

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.

PAFF aims to further its mission to elevate the profile of innovative content creators who are defining the current landscape of African filmmaking.

Completed films produced after January 2017 are encouraged to submit. Completed film must be shot entirely on the African continent and be less than 30mins (including film credits). There’s no submission fee and submissions are due no later than 11:59pm on October 31 2019.

Up to 54 Semi-Finalists will be announced in November and showcased on the PAFF YouTube channel. Thereafter, 20 Finalists will be announced in December 2019. Competition Winners will be announced January 2020.

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 in 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.

Register and submit here:

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