The festival will take place from 26 April till 11 May 2019 in Leuven – Belgium.
What is YAFMA?
YAFMA is a competition for young African filmmakers (fiction / documentary / animation). The competition is organized by Afrika Filmfestival Leuven.
YAFMA is for filmmakers who are at the beginning of their career, without any age criteria. Filmmakers who have not yet directed a feature film can submit their production.
There are two categories, one for documentaries and one for fiction. It can be also an animation fiction/non-fiction film.
The annual Guido Huysmans Young African Film Makers Award (YAFMA) supports new African talent with the creation of quality films. Its objective is to create a positive vision of Africa in the media. The aim of the award is not only to help individual careers, but also be a meeting point for contact and dialogue for the African film world. To function as a strong community and develop a mutual understanding of cultural diversity.
Three prizes will be awarded:
Special mention of the jury (either fiction or documentary)
The total prize money is minimal 2000 euro.
The winning films will be shown at the Award Ceremony.
The films participating in the YAFMA contest will be shown twice during the festival. These projections will not be remunerated.
The winners will receive the award on condition that they accept one free reprogramming of the film by Afrika Filmfestival during the next edition of the festival or at an event linked to this prize. Extra public screenings will be paid a screening fee.
Afrika Filmfestival offers the possibility of distributing the winning films with Dutch (and possibly French) subtitles in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg, with a non-commercial distributor, under the usual conditions.
YAFMA was first organized in 2015 in memory of Guido Huysmans (founder and director of Afrika Filmfestival) and is recognized as a philanthropic action by the King Baudouin Foundation.
A first selection of the submitted films will be made by the YAFMA-festival committee. The best entries will be submitted to an international jury.