The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) 2021 for African Filmmakers – Call for Submission

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) 2021 for Ghanaian Filmmakers

Deadline: 31st March 2021

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) 2021 for African Filmmakers – Call for Submission

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) is a not-for-profit festival that seeks to create global connections through film and to help bridge the gap between African cinema and the world.

Focused on the business of film and industry advocacy, the festival is committed to giving you the best development experience and networking opportunities. BSIFF provides the occasion to meet with fellow filmmakers, talents, and distributors, and attend daily workshops and panels designed to broaden your understanding of all aspects of the film industry.

BSIFF’s home is Accra, the capital of Ghana. BSIFF offers cultural experiences to all our festival participants to showcase the wonders of Ghana. Accra your August!

Award Categories for BSIFF include:

– Best Documentary film: A nonfiction film about real events and people, often avoiding traditional narrative structures. Documentary [is] the creative treatment of actuality.

– Best Feature film: Should be a minimum of 60 min.

– Best Short Film: The film should be less than 60 min.

– Best Student Film: This category is set to award student filmmakers thus, the film must be made entirely by students and without financial or technical support from broadcasters. Evidence of a student card and an email confirmation from the Head of the department is a must.

– Best Women in Film: Film must have a predominantly female crew. Any three of the Producer, directors, cinematographers, and/or Writers must be women.

– Best Animation: An animated film from any part of the world.

– Africa Rising: Film that connects to the special story of Africa and stories that highlight special issues peculiar to the continent of Africa.

– The ‘Odehye3’: To award the next generation of Ghanaian filmmakers. Films must have a predominantly Ghanaian crew. Any three of the Producer, directors, cinematographers, and/or Writers must be Ghanaian.

– Best Music Video (New): To award music videos worldwide, that have strong story-telling, conceptualization, and film production. We accept music video submissions from all over the world. Music Videos must be under 10 minutes and from any year regardless of budget, popularity, or language.

In 2017 we offered the YaaAsantewa-UNDP awards valued at $3000 each given to 6 winning filmmakers. In 2020, we offered the YaaAsantewa-GOETHE award valued at $1500 to winners of the Odehye3 award.

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) 2021 Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration:

  • You must fully comply with Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material, and other requirements.
  • Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

How To Submit 

To submit your film, kindly send us a URL link – and one DVD copy (optional). The Festival requires that all films in addition to sending a hard-copy, be submitted via a password-protected streaming URL link. Links must remain active and accessible through September 2021. A downloadable version of the film must be available on the same streaming link (this is important in the event that there is difficulty in streaming your film).

For more Information: Visit the website for The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) 2021