The African Film Festival (TAFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to give back to the African Independent film community. This is one of its kind to showcase African independent films only. African independent films would have its own platform. TAFF would showcase the artistry and the tireless efforts of some of our best African independent filmmakers. TAFF would “Bridge cultures through films” by inviting a diverse audience, to include other film industries to celebrate some of the best films about the African continent.

TAFF was created by an African Independent filmmaker for African Independent filmmakers, whose films have been catalogued in Ivy league universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford, amongst others. Our goal is to make more African films available at such schools and public libraries to further the studies of African history and culture. TAFF is listed with the Texas Film Commission, the Dallas Film Commission, and the City of Dallas Arts District. Grand finale will take place at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District of Downtown Dallas. Festival’s premiere event is slated for July 4th weekend. What better way to celebrate Independence day than watching African independent films!

TAFF will be accepting film submissions November 1st - March 31st. Submission deadlines as follows:
Earlybird Deadline: (November 1st - November 30th)
Regular Deadline: (December 1st - March 15th)
Late Deadline: (March 16th - March 31st)
Filmmakers can register to submit at www.theafricanfilmfestival.org, submit their film(s) via FilmFreeway. Acceptable submission formats: YouTube and Vimeo links, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Please read the Submission Rules and Regulations.

Selection criteria

Africa is blessed with rich culture and heritage worthy of celebration. She is also plagued by various social, economic, health, religious, immigration, and political issues that must be confronted. We therefore encourage the world to make films about Africa; and our selection criteria will be based on the following:
Films that promote African culture
Films that address issues affecting Africa
Films about historic African leaders
Films about historic African landmarks
Films made by Independent African filmmakers

TAFF will be Looking at...

Narrative Feature: Feature length films not more than 80 minutes.
Narrative Short: Films that are 30 minutes or less.
Documentary Feature: Non-fictional story telling not more than 80 minutes.
Documentary Short: Non-fictional story telling that is 30 minutes or less.
Student Films: Narrative or Documentary (feature or short) film by students.
Original Score: Original music used to score any of the categories above.
Cinematography: The ability to convey film’s overall message through motion pictures.
A panel of judges will grade each submitted film based on a score card. Each film will be scored based on different categories on a 1-10 scale. Averages will be measured to select the winners.
Each film will be graded based on the following categories:
• Screenplay
• Picture Quality
• Performance
• Sound Quality
• Visual Effects
• Original Score
• Continuity

Festival Categories

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Emerging Filmmaker
Best Cinematography
Best Original Soundtrack
Best Poster
Best Trailer
Best Costume
Best Screenplay
Best Indigenous Film

The African Film Festival