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SFF 2014 Call for submissions


Submission Eligibility

The festival welcomes film submissions of any country that are made by film makers from the slums or films about the slums.

You may submit short films of all production techniques and genre including

  1. Drama (maximum duration 20mins),
  2. Documentary (maximum duration 20mins),
  3. Community News reporting or feature (maximum duration 10mins).

Exploitation and pornography genres are not eligible.

The primary contact completing the application form must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permission for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.

NOTE: A filmmaker or group can submit as many as 1 film for each genre BUT must fill out an entry form for EACH film and send EACH entry on a separate DVD.

Submission Format

Films for consideration must be submitted on DVD or alternatively via private Youtube or Vimeo links. The title, screening format and running time must be clearly labeled on the DVD or cover as well as in the application form. Submitted copies will not be returned.

DVD: NTSC format Region 0
The filmmaker must arrange the format and region. SFF cannot convert any DVDs to another format.

How to label their DVD; Name, email contact, Title of film, Duration of film, Genre, format.

Application

Please download the application form here Download File.  There are no application fees charged for submission of any films.

Deadline

All entry forms, film submissions must be received by 1st August 2014.

Selection and Notification

We will confirm that we have received your entry by email.

Every submission is watched from start to finish and reviewed by an invited jury that includes the festival organisers and professional film-makers. Films are selected based on the quality of narrative and production values – regardless of budget.

If your entry is selected, you may be asked to supply a screening format of your film. You will be advised of the format we require, publicity material and important shipping information. Due to restrictions of screening facilities at some venues, DVD may be the format that films are screened. Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival by 15th August 2014.

A list of all films selected will be made available on our website www.slumfilmfestival.net. We aim to contact all unsuccessful applicants by email.  The festival cannot enter into individual correspondence regarding films that have not been selected.

Foreign Language Films

If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English.

Publicity

The festival reserves the right to reproduce stills and clips of selected films for festival publicity – this includes print, festival trailers, website promotion, press, TV coverage and screenings to promote the event. The festival will publish the email and telephone number for the primary contact and distributor in the festival catalogue of all films selected for the programme.

Shipping

Submissions should be sent (Use Courier Services) to:

Slum Film Festival 2014 c/o Slum TV, Mathare P.O.Box 77297-00611 Nairobi

For East African Couriers, such as:

Easy Coach info@easycoachltd.com www.easycoachltd.com

Kampala Coach info@kampalacoach.com www.kampalacoach.com

You can also drop your DVDs at these Drop Off Points. Please label them well:

  • Alliance Francaise, Nairobi
  • Maisha Lab, Kampala
  • Kwetu Film Institute, Kigali
  • Kilimanjaro Film Institute, Arusha

Contacts

Please send your applications and any queries to copy info@slumfilmfestival.net and copy slumfilmfestival@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your films.

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Winning Films 2013!

Winning Films, 2013
At the conclusion of the festival, three independent judges awarded films in three categories: Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, and a Special Mention for Best Slum Story.

Winner of Best Narrative Film 2013:
‘The Young Smoker’, by Tope Oshin Ogun.
“A simple yet beautifully shot film that achieves in a short run-time great narrative clarity, held together by a powerful soundtrack.”
View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtliRSAJPjA

Winner of Best Documentary Film 2013:
‘A Story of the Urban Poor’, by TheAPHRC.
“An emphatic portrayal of Korogocho slums, this is an insightful film, rich in interrogating perspectives and technical finesse.”
View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ4aumB0Yj0

Winner of Best Slum Story 2013:
‘Dream Catcher’, by The Mwelu Foundation.
“An interesting and compelling story, which uses innovative techniques to offer a unique vision of slum realities.”
View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LY5ciE5m5w&feature=c4-overview&list=UU3FYgDOS7ul-TV710vpqeKQ

A huge congratulations goes out to this year’s winners!

An Update on our 3rd Edition

The Workshops
This year’s workshops, hosted in Kibera by the Hot Sun Foundation, and in Mathare by Slum-TV, was focused on ‘Business in Film’. Over 5 days, we prepared a stage-by-stage training for young and aspiring filmmakers into the nuts and bolts of the film making business, with a special focus on how to make films in the slums, including technical complications with film making in areas of urban poverty, and advice how to both sell yourself and your film to suitable funding bodies in Nairobi.

The workshops attracted 20 participants, each of whom was awarded a special Certificate of Completion during the Closing Ceremony.

The Festival
We received nearly 30 submissions this year, from as far a field as India, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ireland. Each evening, between the 2nd and the 7th of September, we screened a series of short films, followed a special feature film, in the informal settlements of Mathare and Kibera, Nairobi. The screenings attracted hundreds of viewers, who watched some of East Africa’s newest hits, including Ni Sisi, Nairobi Half-Life, and Something Necessary.

Within the competitive categories, we had several interesting submissions, all demonstrating keen talent and promise. The judges had a very difficult time arriving at a decision, but eventually, three films emerged as the most successful, insightful, and technically accomplished of this year’s submissions.

Winning Films, 2013
At the conclusion of the festival, three independent judges awarded films in three categories: Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, and a Special Mention for Best Slum Story.

Winner of Best Narrative Film 2013:
‘The Young Smoker’, by Tope Oshin Ogun.
“A simple yet beautifully shot film that achieves in a short run-time great narrative clarity, held together by a powerful soundtrack.”
View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtliRSAJPjA

Winner of Best Documentary Film 2013:
‘A Story of the Urban Poor’, by TheAPHRC.
“An emphatic portrayal of Korogocho slums, this is an insightful film, rich in interrogating perspectives and technical finesse.”
View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ4aumB0Yj0

Winner of Best Slum Story 2013:
‘Dream Catcher’, by The Mwelu Foundation.
“An interesting and compelling story, which uses innovative techniques to offer a unique vision of slum realities.”
View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LY5ciE5m5w&feature=c4-overview&list=UU3FYgDOS7ul-TV710vpqeKQ

Our Making-of Documentary
Currently in post-production, the we are putting together a short Making-of documentary about this year’s edition. As soon as it is available, we will be uploading it to our website, and sending out an email informing you that it is ready. We will also soon be uploading a gallery of photographs from the event. Please keep an eye on our website for any other updates.

Reporting
Our next step is to bring together a full report on this year’s edition, for our donors and supporters, programme accounts and budget, summary of the acknowledgementshanks and transparencyents. As soon as our full report is ready, we will be in touch to everybody with a copy. In line with our ethical stance on transpacency, the report will also be made available online.

Welcome to the Slum Film Festival!

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“African Slums on the Reel”

Welcome to the website for the Slum Film Festival, a community-based annual film event, featuring stories from, by, and about people living in urban African slums. Here, you’ll be able to find updated information on the Festival’s ongoing activities. You can find updates on our projects and workshops, guidelines for submissions, dates for the forthcoming festival editions, and information on our call for submissions.

This year, we are also expanding our call, reaching out to filmmakers from across Africa for submission to the festival. Our first two editions were a celebration of East African slum stories. This year: We’re Putting African Slums on the Reel.

3RD SFF TRAINING WORKSHOP

3RD SFF TRAINING WORKSHOP
26th -30th  August 2013
(3rd SFF exhibition: 2-9 Sept. 2013)
Venues:
Hot Sun Foundation, Kibera
Slum TV, Mathare

Since its first edition, the SFF has been committed to foster the local film industry not only by showcasing and promoting the film production by slum-based young filmmakers, but also by stimulating its development with a series of free film training workshops for its youth. This is how the SFF Whorkshop Programme has always been one of the main parallel educational activities of the event and it has been aimed at promoting interest in filmmaking to young slum artists, while creating access to new media and enabling people in the slums use filmmaking and new media as tools of development and self-representation.

In this third edition, the SFF will focus its Workshop Programme at facilitating a wide range of training sessions for young filmmakers who have already some basic knowledge about this profession but are seeking more opportunities to specialize in the art and business of film production.

One week before the official beginning of the SFF screenings, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th August 2013, a group of 20 young film enthusiasts from Kibera and Mathare will be offered a free comprehensive training experience from script writing to marketing and distribution, as well as proposal writing and pitching. While Monday to Thursday workshop sessions will be offered to the selected participants from each slum, the closing Friday sessions will be open to all young filmmakers who have submitted their work to this year’s SFF.

The twenty selected young filmmakers from the Nairobi slums will converge to train in locations provided by the SFF implementing organizations: Slum TV (in Mathare) and Hotsun Foundation (in Kibera). For each day and session a list of Kenyan and international experienced facilitators will engage with the SFF talents and share work experience, film knowledge and business advises with them. This years SFF workshop will aim to provide participants a unique space to explore the growing opportunities and challenges that young slum filmmakers are facing in the local and world film industry.

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Call for Submissions Now Open!

We are now welcoming submissions for the Slum Film Festival 2013! If you are a filmmaker, producer, or distributor with qualifying films that you want to submit, please get in touch.

Call for Submission Guidelines

What we are looking for: The festival welcomes film submissions from any country that are made by, about, or for slums communities and informal settlements. We are open to films submissions of all production techniques and genres. Short Films and Documentaries should try and be no longer than 30 minutes each.

Primary Categories:

  • narrative film
  • documentary film
  • PSAs (public service announcements)
  • citizen journalism

Awards: Will be given on 9 September 2013, celebrating best cinematography, best editing, best directing, best acting, best sound, best documentary, best narrative film, best journalism, and best Original Slum Story.

How to Submit: The easiest way to submit your film is online. Reply to this email with a link to either a Vimeo or Youtube version of your film, or use a service like Dropbox or WeTransfer. Please remember to use a high definition render for your submission. Alternatively, you can submit your films by post if you prefer. Please see http://slumfilmfestival.net/?page_id=443 for a postal address.

Entry Fees: There are no entry fees for submission of any films.

Deadline: Deadline for all submissions is 5pm on 15th July 2013. We will seek to let all successful applicant know by the 30th of July 2013.

Hope to hear from you all soon!

All best,
From the Slum Film Festival Team!