It is a new year and for a filmmaker this means that it’s another opportunity to attend film festivals. There are so many film festivals lined up throughout the year and we’ll highlight them for you in a detailed post next week. So, be on the lookout. If you have a film – short or feature – that you would like the world to see, film festivals are a great way to achieve this.

Filmakers at the 2017 Black Star International Film Festival

On this note, the call for submissions for the Black Star International Film Festival or BSIFF is now open. Founded by Juliet Asante of Ghana, BSIFF focuses on the business of film and advocacy in Africa. The festival aims to create a platform where filmmakers can network, learn, do business and celebrate their craft within an African context. The main goal of the Black Star International Film Festival is to open doors of opportunity for all audiences and filmmakers in attendance as well as bridge the gap between the African film industry and the rest of the world.

Juliet Asante, BSIFF President

Submissions are open starting from today 1st February running all the way to 31st March ahead of the festival which will take place later this year in August. BSIFF was founded 3 years ago and takes place in Ghana every year in August. Submissions are open to filmmakers from all over the world.

Film festivals are important for filmmakers who would love to share their work with a wider audience. The festivals are attended by film enthusiasts from all over the world. An opportunity to have your film screened at a film festival means that all those present who would have otherwise never known of your film will get a chance to watch it. Film festivals also offer a networking opportunity with like-minded people. They offer a platform for inspiration, learning and growth.

‘Beasts of No Nation’ star Abraham Attah (right) at the BSIFF in 2017

According to the organizers of the Black Star International Film Festival, this festival will present filmmakers an opportunity to meet with other filmmakers, distributors and talents as well as attend daily workshops and panels. The workshops and panels are meant to help filmmakers in understanding the film industry in a broader way.

To be eligible, your film must be over 60 minutes and must have been completed after 1st January 2017. Selected films stand a chance to win YaaAsantewa-UNDP awards. This is a monetary award which is valued at $3, 000.

For details on how to submit and submission rules, visit this link > https://filmfreeway.com

You can also visit the BSIFF official website here> https://bsiff.org

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