Established in 2011, the Film Africa Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognise and support emerging filmmaking across Africa and its diaspora. The Award consists of a £1,000 cash prize and is judged by an expert jury of filmmakers and industry professionals. Film Africa considers all submitted short films that meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Short must be 30 minutes or under and made by African or African diaspora filmmaker.
- Director must not yet have made a feature-length film – i.e. emphasis is on emerging talent.
- Short must be fiction/experimental– documentaries will only be considered for the main programme.
- Year of production must be a maximum of two years prior to the date of submission.
Film Africa has a programme partnership with the National Film & Television School to select the Baobab Award, which is ultimately aimed at encouraging an appreciation and knowledge of African cinema in the next generation of film programmers. With guidance from the Film Africa team, students on the MA in Film Studies, Programming & Curation watch all submitted shorts and provide our festival programmers with a long-list of 100 from which the final shortlist is then selected.