To appreciate indigenous arts and films; to celebrate indigenous creatives; and to empower aspiring artists.

What type of films qualify for VILLAFFEST?

Film must be epic/ Indigenous/ village setting/ or made in any African language or Pidgin English.

When does the festival take place?

VILLAFFEST is an annual event on December 15th to December 18th.

When and how can I submit my film?

Film submissions begin August 1st. Filmmakers can submit their films through FilmFreeway.

Can I submit my film if it has already aired on television?

No. However you can submit your films even if you have already screened them at other festivals.

How do you determine a short film?

To be a short film, you should be able to tell a story (fiction or non-fiction) in under 20 minutes, including all rolling credits.

What is a feature length film?

Fiction or non-fiction films that are between 60-90 minutes long, to include all rolling credits.

What is a Narrative?

Fictional story telling.

What is a documentary?

Non-fictional story telling.

Since films can be in any African language, do you require a copy with English subtitles?


How are qualifying films selected?

A panel of judges made up of industry professionals will review each submitted film to determine eligibility and merit. Qualifying films will be selected after review. The Festival will enter 15 of the best films into a competition and will award selected films based on fifteen (18) categories.

I submitted my film(s), how will I know if my film(s) are selected?

You will be notified via email from filmfreeway.

I am an African filmmaker with a movie that is more than one year old, can I submit my film for consideration?

Films made after January 1st of year prior to submission are eligible to be submitted for the festival.

Can I submit my film for VILLAFFEST if I already submitted it elsewhere?


Is there an age limit?

We encourage filmmakers of ALL AGES to submit their film(s) for the festival. All persons under the age of 18 must obtain an expressed written consent from a parent of guardian before submitting.

What if my information changes after my film submission?

Notify us immediately! You can use the Contact form or email us at info@villaffest.org.

Where does my submission fee go?

VILLAFFEST is a non-profit organization. Submission fees and all proceeds go toward festival operations and programs that support artists and filmmakers. We encourage you to visit the sponsorship page to see how you can contribute to our cause.