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
- Drama (maximum duration 20mins),
- Documentary (maximum duration 20mins),
- 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.
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.
Please download the application form here Download File. There are no application fees charged for submission of any films.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.easycoachltd.com
Kampala Coach email@example.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
We look forward to receiving your films.