Mashariki African Film Festival, MAAFF, is officially calling filmmakers to submit films for its sixth edition that will take place from March 21st to 27th march 2020 in Kigali-Rwanda.

The sections are:

In competition (open to all African filmmakers):

African Category

Best African feature fiction
Best African short
Best African Documentary

East African Category

Best East African short

National Category

Best Rwandan short Fiction,
Best Promising Cinematographer

Out of competition (Open to filmmakers worldwide)


These are:
Short (fictions and Documentaries): 52 min or less.
Feature length (fictions and Documentaries): 52 min or plus


The films submitted should:
Be directed by an African filmmaker and the story relates to Africa
Not have been completed before 2018
Not have been submitted in the previous editions of MAAFF
Be in English or have English/French Subtitles.


The festival receives the preview copies of the films either by downloadable vimeo Link or via Film Freeway.
Video Formats: .mp4 H.264 codec with 720p or 1080p of resolution
Audio Formats: 48 kHz sound PCM (only uncompressed), MP3, AAC
Resolution: HD material 1920x1080px


Early bird deadline: Free
31st OCTOBER 2019

Extended deadline: 4 USDOLLAR (short) and 7 US DOLLAR (Feature)
NB: Free for Rwandan filmmakers.
1Oth DECEMBER 2019

To submit click here

Announcing the selection

Selected Films will be announced by 4th January 2020
In case of selection, the filmmaker will receive a notification at the discretion of the festival.

The filmmaker will be asked to send an acceptance form, a screening copy (.mp4 with H.264 codecs) with Resolution of 1920x1080px through downloadable vimeo Links, google drive, we transfer or physically to the festival’s address (for Rwandan Filmmakers).

The filmmaker shall also be asked to send the director’s profile photo, stills or film poster with a resolution at least 300 dpi.

N.B: This should be done within 14 days after receiving the notification.

Delivery details/ Address
Mashariki African Film Festival

Online Address



Physical Address

The place
Kigali City
Avenue Kamuzinzi
KG 456 St
P.O Box: 1925 Kigali-Rwanda
Tel +250788881381 /+250781057725