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Tuesday, October 18, 2022


Deadline: Submissions’ call out period ends November 1, 2022

The African Emerging Filmmakers Awards [AEFA] would like to invite all film makers to submit their films. The Awards Ceremony will be on November 27, 2022, venue to be confirmed in due course.

The film submissions’ call out period is now open until the November 1, 2022. Film producers of African origin from all over the continent are invited to submit their films. Films from any genre can be submitted in a DVD format or USB.

A link may also be emailed to:

Submitted films must be clearly marked as follows: “The Film Title”, “The Producer’s Name” and “The Producer’s Contact Details”.


Categories are as follows:

1. Best Student Production/Film

2. Best Supporting Actor

3. Best Supporting Actress

4. Best Actor

5. Best Actress

6. Best Screenplay/Writer

7. Best Authentic Film

8. Best Costume and Makeup

9. Best African Costume

10. Best Film in Vernacular

11. Best Sound

12. Best Original Music

13. Best Cinematographer

14. Best Editor

15. Best Director

16. Best Artistic Film

17. Best Feature Film

18. Best Documentary


The awards are a fast-growing platform that encourages high-quality productions and, as a result, local emerging film producers have had the privilege of witnessing their films air on national television after having received awards or nominations. The organizers of the AEFA wish to see more of these films aired on television in the future.

Film submissions may be hand-delivered - during office hours - or sent via post to Durban Film Office c/o Nosipho Hlophe, 41 Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Rennie House, 11th Floor no later than November 1, 2022.

Regrettably, AEFA judges will not consider films with technical errors. For any enquiries regarding award submissions, kindly contact eThekwini Filmmakers Association (EFA) via email:

Alternatively, call Angie Msani on +27 67 022 7974 for both international and South African participants.

South African filmmakers submitting films must attend the event if nominated. International producers must email an acceptance 30 seconds- 1-minute video clip so that the organizers can play it at the event should the submitted film wins.

Some of the submitted films will be screened in a three-day Mzansi Reel Stories event during December, 2022

These awards are hosted by EThekwini Filmmakers Association, with the assistance of the Durban Film Office, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, and KZN EDTEA.