Film submissions – Carolina Film And Video Festival http://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/ Mon, 02 May 2022 21:57:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-55.png Film submissions – Carolina Film And Video Festival http://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/ 32 32 Last chance for short film submissions to Galway Film Fleadh https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/last-chance-for-short-film-submissions-to-galway-film-fleadh/ Mon, 02 May 2022 16:00:08 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/last-chance-for-short-film-submissions-to-galway-film-fleadh/ Photo credit: Galway Film Fleadh. This week is the last chance to submit short films to you for the Galway Film Fleadh 2022, back on the streets and theaters this summer. The Galway Film Fleadh 2022 will take place from July 5-10 this year, with an always exciting mix of features and shorts, as well […]]]>

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This week is the last chance to submit short films to you for the Galway Film Fleadh 2022, back on the streets and theaters this summer.

The Galway Film Fleadh 2022 will take place from July 5-10 this year, with an always exciting mix of features and shorts, as well as the film market, talks and workshops.

For short films, the festival offers three Oscar qualification categories: Best Short Fiction, Best Animation and Best Documentary.

Winners in each of these categories will be eligible for Oscar consideration, without requiring a theatrical release.

Winners over the years include Lenny Abrahamson, Kirsten Sheridan, Ken Wardrop, Rebecca Daly, as well as DOP’s Michael Lavelle, James Mather, Tim Fleming and many more.

The closing date for late applications is Monday, May 9 at 5 p.m., for a fee of €35.

Film Fleadh accepts all types and genres of short films under 40 minutes, as well as locked raw edits.

In addition to screenings, the Fleadh also offers panels and networking events tailored to short filmmakers, providing opportunities to meet international and industry guests.

For the past two years, the festival has offered a hybrid or fully online program of events, but it is hoped that a regular cinema will be in place this summer.

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CALL FOR SOUTH ASIAN FILM SUBMISSIONS: PRIZES VALUED AT $8,000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/call-for-south-asian-film-submissions-prizes-valued-at-8000/ Tue, 12 Apr 2022 15:58:00 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/call-for-south-asian-film-submissions-prizes-valued-at-8000/ Tasveer looking for movies 17th Annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) SEATTLE, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tasveer is now accepting applications for the 17th South Asian Film Festival (November 4-13, 2022). Tasveer celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2022 at its 5th annual gala with Kal Penn and Mira Nair. The theme for this […]]]>

Tasveer looking for movies 17th Annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF)

SEATTLE, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tasveer is now accepting applications for the 17th South Asian Film Festival (November 4-13, 2022). Tasveer celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2022 at its 5th annual gala with Kal Penn and Mira Nair. The theme for this 20th year of Tasveer is “The Art of Empowerment”. The deadline for submitting films is June 1st.

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“Call for entries for the 17th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival”

TSAFF is programmed through a competitive selection process and Tasveer awards an Emerald Award (recognition for its contribution to South Asian cinema), 3 Audience Awards and a Jury Prize. The winners of the Tasveer Film Fund (supported by Netflix in 2021) will be announced on the closing day of the Festival. Festival film submission forms must be completed online; application fees vary from $20 for $75 and film registrations are due by June 1st. Waivers are available.

The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival is the largest South Asian film festival in United States. Seeking to provide a counterpoint to images and stories prevalent in Bollywood, the festival encourages an atmosphere of thoughtful dialogue and creative inquiry, where filmmakers and audiences engage in lively discussions, forums and other interactive formats. collaborative. In 2021, the festival screened 88 films from 11 countries and welcomed 7,500 spectators over 10 days.

Tasveer invites submission of films on themes related to South Asia and its diaspora as a whole: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the different diasporas around the world. Short films, experimental films, documentaries and stories of any length will be accepted in any digital format. Films focusing on human rights and social justice issues are particularly sought after.

Other questions about the festival and submissions can be directed to info@tasveer.org. Filmmakers can submit films here: https://filmfreeway.com/TSAFF

Founded in 2002, Tasveer is a Seattlenonprofit whose mission is to inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian film, art and stories.

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The GFF CineGouna platform launches a call for applications for the sixth edition https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/the-gff-cinegouna-platform-launches-a-call-for-applications-for-the-sixth-edition/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 13:55:51 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/the-gff-cinegouna-platform-launches-a-call-for-applications-for-the-sixth-edition/ The sixth edition of the GFF will be held in the resort of El Gouna from October 13 to 22, 2022. The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has announced the call for applications for the sixth edition of the CineGouna platform, scheduled for October. The deadline for receipt of applications is July 15, 2022 for […]]]>

The sixth edition of the GFF will be held in the resort of El Gouna from October 13 to 22, 2022.

The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has announced the call for applications for the sixth edition of the CineGouna platform, scheduled for October.

The deadline for receipt of applications is July 15, 2022 for projects in development and August 1, 2022 for films in post-production. The entry form and full information regarding submission eligibility are available on the festival website.

Speaking about the festival, festival director Intishal Al Timimi said, “Our mission since the inaugural edition of CineGouna Platform has been to provide attendees with support and mentorship from experienced industry professionals, as well as funding financial through our partners and sponsors. We are proud that the majority of our CGP graduates achieve international recognition year after year. Our goal remains to ensure the best possible resources for participating Arab filmmakers in terms of production opportunities and international exposure.

In its fifth edition, CineGouna Platform selected 12 projects in development and six films in post-production based on their content, artistic vision and overall financial feasibility. These projects, presented by GFF with its partners and sponsors, were eligible for various prizes worth $300,000.

The CineGouna SpringBoard jury was made up of Lebanese film producer and critic Mohamed Soueid, former NFDC CEO Nina Lath Gupta and Moroccan director and screenwriter Ismaël Ferroukhi.

Since its inception, several alumni of the CineGouna platform have made their mark regionally and internationally by winning accolades and awards at prestigious international film festivals.

This year, director Ahmed Fawzi-Saleh Slum Hamlet and Ali Al-Fatlawi The Blind Ferryman – Al Baseer were selected from 16 projects for the L’Atelier 2022 co-production forum at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Also, Morad Mostafa Aisha can’t fly anymore was selected from among seven fiction feature film projects to participate in the pitch sessions of the co-production forum, Dot.on.the.Map Meeting Point, during the 20th Cyprus Film Days International Festival. The film was also selected for the Red Sea Lodge mentorship program in collaboration with the Torino Film Lab.

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Short film submissions from K-12 students sought for the festival https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/short-film-submissions-from-k-12-students-sought-for-the-festival/ Fri, 25 Mar 2022 04:00:12 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/short-film-submissions-from-k-12-students-sought-for-the-festival/ The 44th Annual Maine Student Film and Video Festival is accepting submissions until June 15. All Maine K-12 students can participate for free. Films will be judged by category: narrative, documentary, and creative (animation, experimental, etc.) and by age group: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. according to a press release from Waterville Creates. Students can submit […]]]>

The 44th Annual Maine Student Film and Video Festival is accepting submissions until June 15.

All Maine K-12 students can participate for free.

Films will be judged by category: narrative, documentary, and creative (animation, experimental, etc.) and by age group: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. according to a press release from Waterville Creates.

Students can submit their work at mainestudientfilm.org/festival.

A free screening and awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at the Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, during the Maine International Film Festival.

The MSFVF Best Picture grand prize is a $500 prize, sponsored by Maine Public.

“Young filmmakers are producing some of the most inspired and authentic work we’ve seen,” said Julia Dunlavey, Deputy Executive Director of the Maine Film Center. “Students who attend the festival have become professional filmmakers with their work screened at the Maine International Film Festival.”

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Eerie fest is accepting horror movie submissions https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/eerie-fest-is-accepting-horror-movie-submissions/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 18:12:17 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/eerie-fest-is-accepting-horror-movie-submissions/ (WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — As a child, John Lyons was easily frightened. Not all movies with scary jumps were his jam. But all that has changed in recent years. “I really get the appeal,” Lyons said of horror movies. Lyons started attending Eerie Horror Fest simply because it was the only film festival in town, he said. […]]]>

(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — As a child, John Lyons was easily frightened. Not all movies with scary jumps were his jam. But all that has changed in recent years.

“I really get the appeal,” Lyons said of horror movies.

Lyons started attending Eerie Horror Fest simply because it was the only film festival in town, he said. He was always interested in film, but he attended the University of Edinboro for mathematics and computer science (class of 2000). It was when digital advancements arrived in the film industry and digital cameras became commonplace that his interest in filmmaking and his job as a computer scientist collided.

Lyons works at the University of Edinboro’s Technology Help Center.

“The digital age is what, thankfully, brought me back to cinema,” Lyons said. “Then I had an excuse, because if a digital camera broke on campus, I would volunteer to check it, which led to me checking gear for the weekend and making movies.”

It was the Eerie Horror Fest that opened the door to the horror genre for Lyons. He hadn’t paid much attention to it before attending the party.

“I naively thought of it (horror movies) in a way, like women in bikinis being chased,” he said. “Through the Horror Festival I started to get interested in it and realized it was a real opportunity for social commentary – ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’ “I like films that have something to say. My films take 5 or 6 years from writing, producing and releasing. After spending so much time on a project, to me, that must be saying something.”

Lyons’ most recent film, “Unearth,” was released in 2020. According to IMDB, it’s a horror story about two farming families whose relationship is strained when one leases their land to an oil company. and while drilling, “something long dormant and terrifying”. , deep below the surface of the earth, is released. On April 19, an “ultimate edition” of “Unearth” will be released on Bluray, featuring deleted scenes and a two-hour interview with horror genre star and legend Adrienne Barbeau.

“If you look at a lot of famous filmmakers, early in their career they started out in the horror genre. Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings”), Sam Raimi (“Spiderman”) – everyone has a horror movie in his biography,” Lyons said. “It’s a very forgiving genre, and you can definitely have a lot of fun with it. Creativity is kind of limitless, so the sky’s the limit – anything you can think of.

Lyons admits that not everyone will enjoy horror movies.

“But from my own experience, I didn’t start out as a fan, and now I’m a festival director for a horror festival, and my last movie was a horror movie,” Lyons said. “There’s a lot of important work in the genre.”

After 5 years of inactivity from the Eerie Horror Fest, Lyons and his team brought it back to life last year. This year’s festival – officially the “Eerie Horror Film and Gaming Fest” – recently announced that it was accepting applications for the festival scheduled for October 5-8 at the Warner Theater (811 State St. in Erie).

“This year we are looking to partner with the Erie Philharmonic and host an impressive opening event featuring the theater’s new organ,” Lyons said. “It’s opening night, and there are more details to come.”

The Eerie Horror Fest serves dual purposes as both a horror convention – complete with vendors, autographs and keynote speakers – and a traditional film festival, complete with a launch party and afterparty. This year will also include a video game component.

Last year, Lyons said, a panel of keynote speakers focused on how to pitch a project and get it picked up. This year, some filmmakers will have the opportunity to present their candidacy to a panel of industry professionals.

“It’s for people who have a really good idea, they send the first five pages of the script and a pitch deck (often a pdf file with a synopsis, description and comparison films) – if you like the first five pages and the pitch deck, they will be invited to come to Erie and pitch in front of the panel of pros,” Lyons said. “We’re really excited about this.”

While Lyons is the festival director and spokesperson for Eerie Horror Fest, a whole team is working behind the scenes to bring the festival back to life this year. This includes David Bostaph (Director of Operations) and Mark Kosobucki (Creative) who have helped with the festival since before it went dormant. The first Eerie Horror Fest took place in 2004.

“We are building our judging team right now. We have all kinds of judges, not just people from Erie, but also people from the industry,” Lyons said.

Submissions accepted for screening during the October festival will receive a complimentary hotel stay.

“We want more movies to be shot in Erie, so we’re trying to get them here, get them drinking and dining, show them the area, and hopefully get them to showcase the area,” Lyons said. “We just announced the festival on Monday (March 14), and we already have a bunch of submissions from all over the United States. No international submissions yet, but we’re accepting submissions from anywhere.”

The film categories are Narrative Feature Films, Narrative Short Films, Documentary Short Films, and Documentary Feature Films.

The pre-registration deadline is April 30, the normal deadline is June 30, and the late deadline is July 31. The notification will be made on September 5.

According to a press release, “The Eerie Horror Fest is presented by the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania is to elevate the motion picture industry of Erie, to empower regional filmmakers and to foster patronage for the art of cinema.

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For more information and to submit, head to the Eerie Horror Fest website.

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The International Genre Festival is now open for feature film submissions https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/the-international-genre-festival-is-now-open-for-feature-film-submissions/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/the-international-genre-festival-is-now-open-for-feature-film-submissions/ Hold on to your butts, the Sitges Film Festival has just opened its feature film submission period. One of the most renowned genre festivals in the world, a place in Sitges is highly sought after. These are great laurels to have by the end of your festival. Also, not in today’s announcement, but noted in […]]]>

Hold on to your butts, the Sitges Film Festival has just opened its feature film submission period. One of the most renowned genre festivals in the world, a place in Sitges is highly sought after. These are great laurels to have by the end of your festival.

Also, not in today’s announcement, but noted in the additional materials, is that Sitges will go ahead with a hybrid edition this year. The festival is planning an in-person version and an online version of the festival in October. If things go wrong (please, no), the festival is ready to go live only.

The Sitges – Catalonia International Fantastic Film Festival, which will hold its 55th edition from October 6 to 16, has opened its film submission period.

Today, March 1, 2022, the Sitges Film Festival has opened its feature film submission period, adding the ‘feature documentary’ category to the list of possibilities. Filmmakers, production companies and distributors who wish to do so can submit their films until July 15, the deadline for all categories.

The Festival’s programming committee is actively working and making progress in screening and selecting the first films that will participate in the Festival this year.

The companies owning the films selected by the programming committee will receive a registration file in order to formalize their participation in the competition.

The Festival will only contact the owners of the films selected by the committee. The Festhome platform is the only official system for submitting films. The organization will not accept other formats or any other system than this one.

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Amman International Film Festival invites film submissions for third edition https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/amman-international-film-festival-invites-film-submissions-for-third-edition/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 14:16:14 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/amman-international-film-festival-invites-film-submissions-for-third-edition/ The deadline for submitting films and projects is April 30, 2022. The Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) is now accepting films and projects for its third edition, which will run from July 20-27. Speaking about the upcoming edition, Princess Rym Ali, President of the Festival said, “We are proud of the success […]]]>

The deadline for submitting films and projects is April 30, 2022.

The Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) is now accepting films and projects for its third edition, which will run from July 20-27.

Speaking about the upcoming edition, Princess Rym Ali, President of the Festival said, “We are proud of the success of AIFF so far. It proved, among other things, that Jordan has earned its place as a cultural meeting point for filmmakers and moviegoers, and where creative talent can flourish.

The AIFF dedicates its screens to budding directors, actors, screenwriters and editors, with four competitive categories awarding distinctive prizes – The Black Iris Trophy, in addition to monetary rewards to all winners.

To be eligible for the third edition, films must have been released in 2021 or 2022 and be Jordanian premieres. Specific regulations apply to each category.

The Amman Film Industry Days (AFID) – the professional branch of the festival – will take place in the same period. AFID organizes masterclasses and workshops and includes three pitching platforms: two for projects in development and one for films in post-production; beneficiaries will receive in-kind and cash rewards. Juries, made up of Arab and international film professionals, select the winning films and projects.

The festival also includes a First & Latest section, in which an acclaimed filmmaker will talk about his cinematic journey, share his experiences and discuss what he has learned.

The AIFF was the first international film festival in the region to be launched at the height of the pandemic, in the summer of 2020, using drive-in cinemas in the Abdali district and an open-air theater in the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) as primary venues to ensure a safe cinematic experience; these places have grown since then.

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OFFline Film Fest is now accepting film submissions https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/offline-film-fest-is-now-accepting-film-submissions/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 17:34:28 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/offline-film-fest-is-now-accepting-film-submissions/ Pattison of Geneva Are you a film student, graduate, or just passionate about creating movie magic? If so, OFFline Film Festival is calling for applications for films made by rookie directors, screenwriters and producers. There are several categories for submission in the following categories: Best Irish Short Film, which will see the winning film distributed […]]]>

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Are you a film student, graduate, or just passionate about creating movie magic? If so, OFFline Film Festival is calling for applications for films made by rookie directors, screenwriters and producers. There are several categories for submission in the following categories: Best Irish Short Film, which will see the winning film distributed to eighty film clubs across Ireland, Best International Short Film, Best Irish Animation, Best International Animation and Awards offline audience.

This is an exciting event for film lovers and beginners interested in learning the practices involved in filmmaking, as the festival itself will host workshops given by industry professionals on all aspects of cinema and filmmaking.

The deadline for submitting applications is August 24 this year and successful applicants will be notified on September 9.

The festival will take place in October at the Birr Theater and Arts Center in Co. Offally.

Below are the terms and conditions for participants:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Feature films must be the first feature film by a writer, director or producer.

Submissions only through FilmFreeway.
All films have been completed as of October 1, 2019. To be eligible for short film competitions, films must be 25 minutes or less, including end credits. Movies must be password protected. Films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles or commentaries if necessary.

TIMES & COSTS
Please note that only one submission will be accepted per short film. If a second submission is made, it will not be considered and OFFline Film Festival will not be held liable for any losses incurred.

THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Movies should be uploaded to the minimum standards outlined here (or via your preferred platform) https://vimeo.com/help/compression
Frame rate: 24 & 25 FPS
Bit rate: 5,000 to 20,000 kbit/s
1920X1080px resolution.

USE OF EXCERPTS FROM THE FILM FOR PROMOTION
The participant agrees that up to 30 seconds of their film may be used by OFFline Film Festival in promotional activities, including the screening of a clip on television and on the Festival website. Acceptance of these rules implies that you will comply with them in your relations with the Festival and that you are legally authorized to submit this film for consideration.

SELECTION & OPINIONS
All selected filmmakers are invited to OFFline as Festival guests (we provide accommodation and free transfers from Dublin Airport). All applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. The official Festival selection will be announced by the end of September 2022. Only successful participants will be notified by email. Details of selected films will also be displayed on our website. The Festival does not pay any fees for submitted work. The finalists will have their films screened during the Festival and on the final day, a grand prize winner in each category will be announced.

COPYRIGHT
Filmmakers are responsible for obtaining all copyright and musical rights clearances.

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Out On Film Submissions Now Open https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/out-on-film-submissions-now-open/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:51:46 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/out-on-film-submissions-now-open/ Submissions are now open for the 35and Out On Film, Atlanta’s Oscar®-qualifying LGBTQ film festival. The event – ​​which is expected to be hybrid this year, with live and virtual fare – will run from September 22 to October 2 online and at locations to be determined. The normal deadline for submission is June 9 […]]]>

Submissions are now open for the 35and Out On Film, Atlanta’s Oscar®-qualifying LGBTQ film festival. The event – ​​which is expected to be hybrid this year, with live and virtual fare – will run from September 22 to October 2 online and at locations to be determined. The normal deadline for submission is June 9 and the late deadline is June 30.

In 2021, Out On Film presented a very successful hybrid festival with 153 films and several world premieres. In-person guests included “Firebird” actor Tom Prior, director TJ Parsell and the subjects of the documentary “Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music,” director Nathan Hale Williams and author George M. Johnson of “ All Boys Aren’t Blue,” and co-director William Horner of “Keep the Cameras Rolling: the Pedro Zamora Way,” while virtual guests included iconic actress Amanda Bearse, recipient of the Out On Film 2021 Trailblazer Award.

“Last year we faced one of the biggest challenges we have ever faced – how to pivot an 11-day film festival into an in-person festival as well as a virtual festival,” said said Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film. in a press release. “We managed to pull it off and present our biggest line-up yet.”

Out On Film has been named one of the top 100 rated festivals by the FilmFreeway streaming platform. According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, Out On Film ranks in the top 1% of over 10,000 film festivals and creative competitions around the world.

“To be included in this is really, really special,” Farmer said. “Out On Film has long placed great emphasis on educating, welcoming and promoting filmmakers from around the world and we are grateful for their support here.”

This year’s festival lineup will be a little different than in years past. For the very first time, Out On Film has opened script submissions. The winners of the short film and feature film scripts will receive a cash prize and a reading at the 2022 festival.

As an Oscar® qualifying film festival, Out On Film’s winner of the Jury Prize for Best Drama Short is eligible for the following year’s Oscars® in the Best Action Short Film category. live. Out On Film also offers Jury Awards for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best International Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best First Film and Best Ensemble. Audience Awards are given for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Dramatic Short and International Film.

Additional programming before the festival will be announced soon. Find more information about Out On Film here.

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Oscars: overview of the submissions of the best African international films https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/oscars-overview-of-the-submissions-of-the-best-african-international-films/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://carolinafilmandvideofestival.org/oscars-overview-of-the-submissions-of-the-best-african-international-films/ History is not on the side of African filmmakers when it comes to Academy recognition. In terms of international recognition, this week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced eligible feature films in the International Feature Films category for the 94th Academy Awards. Since the African continent first submitted a film for the […]]]>

History is not on the side of African filmmakers when it comes to Academy recognition.

In terms of international recognition, this week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced eligible feature films in the International Feature Films category for the 94th Academy Awards. Since the African continent first submitted a film for the Oscar in 1958, with “Cairo Station” by Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, the number of African submissions for the Oscar for best international film seems to have stabilized at an average about 10 per year. Eight films were submitted for the 2019 awards; 10 for 2020; and 12 for 2021, which marked a record. Ten submissions are under consideration for the next ceremony in 2022.

The history of cinema on the African continent is expected to be complex and brief – unlike other art forms, notably music and literature, of which there are decades, if not centuries, of rich history. (See Malian researcher and professor in New York University’s Department of Film Studies, Manthia Diawara’s comprehensive 1992 account of African cinema during the first half of the 20th century, “African Cinema: Politics and Culture “.)

Due to restrictive colonialist structures and a Francophone/Anglophone divide, Africans have not always been able to tell their own stories in film. Although to doubt the prevalence of ingenuity and creativity on the continent would be a criminally absurd move. And that progress continues to be made is undeniable.

Today, African cinema is not entirely free from the grip of its former colonizers, because the majority of films strong enough to compete on the international scene are financed and effectively controlled by European interests. But change is in the air. Where is it? The “Africa Rising” narrative (invented by a non-African of course), primarily a socio-economic concept, has prevailed over the past decade, even though repression rightly insists on the reductionist character of the notion, in particularly given the continued grip of Western countries across the world. the continent, despite any perceived decline.

The “cinema problem” in many African countries can be reduced to a lack of infrastructure, coming from apathetic governments and even private companies, when it comes to cinema. Filmmaking is an expensive practice and, as with any investment, the path to returns must be clear. Few people are willing to take the risk, especially when there are plenty of more reliable opportunities to exploit.

And so Africa continues to “rise” cinematographically, but gradually. Quantitative data is a hodgepodge, but one measure is the international recognition of the work created. There is the argument that continental cinema does not need to be legitimized by Western order, but should instead insist on being enjoyed on its own terms, just like other expressions of African creativity, especially music and dance, which have traveled widely without compromise, and have even been appropriated. It is certainly a powerful argument and a plausible scenario, but one that will be a challenge to see realized in an increasingly interconnected world still grappling with the lingering effects of colonialism.

It’s a labyrinthine discussion that simply cannot be summarized here.

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The last time a film representing an African country received a nomination was Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ representing Tunisia at the 93rd awards ceremony earlier this year . The last time a film depicting an African country won the category was South Africa’s “Tsotsi,” by Gavin Hood, at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. It was one of three total wins for the continent, with “Z” by Costa-Gavras (Algeria) in 1969, and “Black and White in Color” (Ivory Coast) by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1976. That all three were made by white filmmakers , speaks again of remnants of colonialism and incomplete perceptions of the continent that continue to be encroaching.

Moreover, the countries of the north, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, have historically fared much better than the sub-Saharan countries (AKA “black Africa”), if only because there has a longer history of cinema in the northern region. Of the 10 African films nominated for the Oscar for Best International Film since its inception (previously known as the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film), half featured Algeria alone, one from Tunisia and one from Mauritania. This means that an overwhelming majority of 70% of African applicants come from countries in the North.

Although nominations are not expected for another two months, this year’s submissions favor sub-Saharan regions, which account for 60% of nominations, thanks to newcomers such as Somalia, which are submitting for the first time, and countries still relatively new to awards season, including Malawi, who submitted for only the second time, after Shemu Joyah’s ‘The Road to Sunrise’ for the 2019 Oscars. in history) entered a film two years in a row.

No specific theme or genre dominates. On the contrary, it is a rather remarkable list of films in the sense that, unlike previous years, several of them are not necessarily weighed down by issues considered to be continent-specific, or country-specific, or preoccupied by outside perceptions, as films from the continent that trips (mostly funded by European companies) have often been.

But a shift seems to be afoot, especially as more and more countries get in on the game. For example, Somalia has entered “The Gravedigger’s Wife”, which tells the story of a gravedigger who must collect funds to pay for the operation of his gravely ill wife; Morocco’s “Casablanca Beats,” a take on the popular teacher-inspire-student subgenre, follows a group of teenagers at a cultural center who are encouraged by a new instructor, a failed musician, to break free from the weight of tradition and to express themselves with music; and Tunisia’s “Golden Butterfly” is a fantasy drama about the relationship between a policeman in the past and a young boy he meets by chance.

Certainly, pressing issues of socio-political and economic importance will likely (and should) continue to inspire African storytellers, even as promising filmmakers born into a virtually borderless world break with a tradition that pioneers of African cinema like Ousmane Sembene , Paulin Vieyra, Med Hondo and Djibril Diop Mambéty were fed. Variety is certainly welcome.

It remains to be seen if any of the top 10 international film submissions below will be shortlisted and eventually move on to the final list of five nominees. Of the 10 films, “Lingui, the sacred bonds” of Chad directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, and “Casablanca Beats” (Morocco) by Nabil Ayouch, probably have the best chances, if only because there has a greater notoriety of each filmmaker, both Cannes Regulars of the Film Festival, and for each title, the two Cannes 2021 selections.

The shortlist of 15 films will be announced on Tuesday December 21, 2021, followed by nominations on Tuesday February 8, 2022.

Here are the 10 African films submitted for consideration:

– Algeria, “Heliopolis” by Djaâfar Gacem
– Cameroon, “Hidden Dreams” by Ngang Romanus
– Chad, “Lingui, the Sacred Bonds” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
– Egypt, “Souad” by Ayten Amin
– Kenya, Gilbert Lukalia’s “Rescue Mission”
– Malawi, “Fatsani: A Tale of Survival” by Gift Sukez Sukali
– Morocco, “Casablanca Beats” by Nabil Ayouch
– Somalia, “The Gravedigger’s Wife” by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
– South Africa, “Barakat” by Amy Jephta
– Tunisia, the “Golden Butterfly” by Abdelhamid Bouchnak

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