Film Africa Travel Grants 2019-2020

A pilot scheme delivered by the Royal African Society in partnership with the British Council

Since its inception in 2011, Film Africa has gone from strength to strength bringing the best African cinema from across the continent and its diaspora to diverse UK audiences. Following a successful run of eight consecutive years, Film Africa will now be held biennially and the next festival edition will take place in November 2020.

In this fallow year, we will continue with our mission of celebrating and promoting contemporary African cinema in the UK through the Film Africa Travel Grants 2019-2020, a pilot scheme developed and delivered in partnership with the British Council.

The Film Africa Travel Grants will offer African filmmakers the opportunity to travel to the UK to attend one of eight key international film festivals where their work has been invited to screen.

Successful applicants may be awarded up to £2,500 to cover international travel (including visas), accommodation and subsistence costs for their visit to the UK. If you are an emerging African filmmaker with an invitation to screen your film at one of the eight festivals on our key festivals list and fulfil the eligibility criteria, we would love you to apply!

The main benefits of this exciting pilot scheme include:

  • Travel grants to support international travel to attend one of eight key festivals in the UK.
  • Promotion of work to our exclusive programming contacts in these key festivals.
  • A bespoke programme of networking opportunities, developed in partnership with the festivals and the British Council’s UK-based Film team.


  • Applicants must have a project selected by at least one of the participating festivals on our key festivals list.
  • At the time of application, applicants must be citizens of an African country (applicable to the 54 countries in the continent) and have been resident on the continent for a minimum of two consecutive years.
  • In line with the British Council’s Arts Strategy in Africa, priority will be given to filmmakers aged 18-35.
  • The focus of this scheme is on short form work (length up to 30 minutes), including virtual reality, immersive storytelling experiences and installations. However, first and second features will also be considered.


  • Applicants must declare any other sources of funding they are receiving for any given festival opportunity.
  • Successful applicants will be required to commit to taking part in an evaluation procedure, which entails completing an online survey following their UK festival visit.
  • A maximum of two applications per film will be accepted during this pilot year. In the cases where more than one application is submitted, we encourage applicants to put forward different names from the cast/crew team, to benefit from the opportunity.


Please ensure you read the Film Africa Travel Grants 2019-2020 guidelines and FAQs for full application instructions.

If you are eligible to apply, please fill out the online application form. This application should take no longer than 45 minutes to complete.

For more information on the participating festivals, including those that are currently open for submissions, please see our key festivals list.

If you have any other questions, which are not answered in the documents listed above, please get in touch with us by emailing