Why partner with Film Africa?

Established in 2011, Film Africa has become a highly anticipated festival in London’s busy calendar of events. The festival consistently attracts young and diverse audiences across a range of leading cultural venues, including the BFI Southbank, Rich Mix, Picturehouse Cinemas, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the South London Gallery. In 2017 Film Africa was awarded the BFI Screen Diversity mark for good practice, meeting four out of four of the Diversity Standards.

The Royal African Society works on a model of partnership funding to sustain the festival, which includes a mixture of private and public funding, corporate sponsorship and earned income. We are always looking to partner with companies whose brands and vision are aligned with ours and are keen to embark on multi-year partnerships to ensure the long-term sustainability of Film Africa.

We can offer a range of benefits including brand positioning, audience and talent engagement, client recognition and volunteering opportunities. Our support tiers range from £5,000 to £50,000 and all our partnerships are negotiated on a case-by-case basis to enable a bespoke, mutually beneficial relationship.

Key stats and figures 

  • 28k+ aggregate live audiences since 2011.
  • 140k+ social media followers across all Royal African Society platforms.
  • 20k+ newsletter subscribers across all Royal African Society programmes.
  • 465 films and 175 filmmakers and talent hosted since 2011.
  • Young & diverse audiences with 70% aged 16-40 and 55% of African descent (2018 figures).
  • Audiences connected to Africa with 66% visiting the continent regularly.
  • Widespread and high-profile media coverage, including the BBC, The Guardian, The Metro, Time Out, London Live TV, Sight & Sound, Shadow & Act, and many more.

To discuss sponsorship and partnership opportunities, please get in touch with Sheila Ruiz, Deputy Director at the Royal African Society, on sheila.ruiz@soas.ac.uk.

Current Partnerships

The Film Africa 2019-2020 travel grants scheme is supported through a strategic partnership with the British Council.

Our principal partners for Film Africa 2018 were the BFI Audience Fund, the Miles Morland Foundation and the British Council. Our 2018 festival sponsors included WorldRemit, MoneyGram, Divine Chocolate, Karma Kola, Aduna, Red Red Stews and Yojos!

Make a donation 

Every year Film Africa presents diverse London audiences with a high-quality and wide-ranging film programme accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; industry and networking events; Film Africa Young Audiences school screenings; family activities; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights. Film Africa also recognises and supports African film-making talent through the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

We pride ourselves in being a festival of discovery, which exists to find new creative voices emerging from Africa and its diaspora, showcasing contemporary work that would otherwise be unknown to UK audiences. If you believe in what we do, please show your support by making a donation. It only takes a few moments to donate, but every contribution is crucial in helping us remain independent and sustainable.

We are currently working on a quick and easy system to set up regular and one-off donations, but for now please donate through the Royal African Society website here or get in touch with us at ras@soas.ac.uk.

Become a member 

If you enjoy film and have an interest in Africa generally, then you might like to join the Royal African Society.

The Royal African Society is uniquely placed to connect you with a diverse network of African professionals and Africa experts across a wide range of sectors. Membership is open to all – you can join whether you are a company with a business interest in Africa or an individual with a personal or professional connection to the continent.

As a member of the Royal African Society, you would get:

  • Exclusive Film Africa news and updates
  • Priority booking for all Film Africa screenings
  • Film Africa brochure delivered straight to your door
  • Plus a whole range of other members-only benefits

You would also contribute to sustaining Film Africa and keeping Africa high on the UK’s business, political and cultural agenda, enabling a positive shift in policy and public opinion.

Find out more about membership and  JOIN US now!