The Slum Film Festival is the first ever film platform-featuring stories from the slums, about slum realities and made by film-makers from the slums in Africa – and beyond. It is a celebration of the creativity of film-makers living and working in slums. It is also an opportunity to show a range of films within slum communities with limited or no access to cinema. The first pilot edition of the festival was celebrated with success in August 2011. This program has now been extended and expanded in subsequent 3 editions between 2012 and 2014. The festival has reached out for submissions from all across Africa and the world. It has gathered audiences of thousands of slum dwellers and urban culture enthusiasts. There are numerous international film festivals around the world, but the Slum Film Festival is exceptional in its mission to be celebrated within slums, and its dedication to sharing slum stories. More than just a festival, it is aiming to become an international film platform for young independent voices and established film-makers from and around Africa and across the world.
II. CALL FOR ENTRIES AND AWARDS a) Call for Entries The 5th Annual Slum Film Festival (SFF) is open to professional and amateur film-makers from across the continent. SFF exhibits the best films from and about the informal settlements around the world and celebrates independent film-makers in venues second to none!
The festival will award winners from nominated entries by the panel of judges in the following categories.
i. Best Contemporary African Film
ii. Best Documentary Film
iii. Best Short Film (narrative)
iv. Best Community News Piece
v. Judges Choice Award
vi. Peoples Choice Category
vii. Best Original Screenplay
In addition to offering prestige and exposure as a reward to filmmakers, SFF will offer a trophy, a certificate and prizes in cash or in-kind awards. These competitive film categories of SFF represent the main tendencies of audio-visual production in the slums. As it can be observed, short formats are the most common creations in the slums, which can be seen as optimal starting points for larger and more developed projects in the future.
III. NON COMPETITIVE ENTRIES SFF2015 will this year feature a category for non-competitive film entries. Such films will not be considered for the awards but will be considered for the festival screenings. Under this category, the festival will accept entries for short films of up to 30 minutes long. The films will be exempt from the two-year period. Such feels will however be required to have a strong social and positive theme and could range from comedy, animation and experimental.