There is no one set application deadline.

(Applicants should make their submissions to the Film Africa Travel Grants as soon as they have been notified of their UK festival acceptance).


The UK.

(Fully Funded)


The Royal African Society & the British Council- Film Africa Travel Grants 2019-2020

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.

More Details

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.

  1. Sheffield Doc Fest
    Dates: 6 – 11 June 2019.
    Submissions deadline: 4 March 2019.
  2. Edinburgh International Film Festival
    Dates: 19 – 30 June 2019.
    Submissions deadline: 7 February 2019.
  3. Encounters Film Festival
    Dates: 24 – 29 September 2019.
    Submissions deadline: 6 June 2019.
  4. BFI London Film Festival
    Dates: 2 – 13 October 2019.
    Submissions deadline: 14 June 2019.
  5. London Short Film Festival
    Dates: 10 – 19 January 2020.
    Submission deadlines: Early bird: 1 Feb-22 April / Regular: 23 April-1 July / Late: 2 July-12 Aug 2019.
  6. Glasgow Film Festival
    Dates: 26 February – 8 March 2020.
    Submission deadline: To be announced. Please monitor the festival website for updates.
  7. BFI Flare LGBTQ + Festival
    Dates: March 2020 – exact dates TBC.
    Submission deadline: To be announced. Please monitor the festival website for updates.
  8. Belfast Film Festival
    Dates: April 2020 – exact dates TBC.
    Submission deadline: To be announced. Please monitor the festival website for updates.

*If you’ve already submitted a film to these festivals and it is being considered, please get in touch for an update.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Cinema & Films.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

It depends on the festival your film has been accepted into.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  1. Applicants must have a project selected by at least one of the 8 festivals on the ‘Key Festivals List’.
  2. In line with the British Council’s Arts Strategy in Africa, priority will be given to filmmakers aged 18-35.
  3. 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. Applicants will also need to demonstrate that they have been working in /committed to the local film sector during this period.
  4. The priority and focus of this scheme are 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.
  5. At the time of application, applicants must declare any other sources of funding they are receiving for any given festival opportunity.
  6. A maximum of two applications per film will be accepted during this pilot year. In the cases where more than one application is submitted, they encourage applicants to put forward different names from the cast/crew team, to benefit from the opportunity.
  7. 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.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of £2,500 per application.
  • The funding available is to be used for travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.
  • All participating festivals have kindly agreed to waive their submission fees to encourage as many African filmmakers as possible to submit their work. To request a fee waiver code, please visit the key international film festival page.

How to Apply

First Step:  Submit your project to one or more of the eight key international film festivals whose submissions are currently open by visiting the key international film festival page.

Second Step: If your project is selected by at least one of the 8 festivals, you can complete the Film Africa Travel Grants’ online application form by clicking “Apply Now“. Applications can be made by a director, producer or writer and must include the following:

  • Film details (including synopsis, key personnel, tech information, cast, etc.).
  • Applicant CV/filmography.
  • Written evidence of acceptance into the UK festival the applicant has been invited to attend.
  • A travel and accommodation budget, which must include any other external funding secured for the festival attendance.
  • A statement on what the applicant hopes to gain from taking part in the relevant UK festival.


  • If your film has already been accepted into a festival on the key festivals list, please fill in the online application form directly by clicking “Apply Now”.
  • A maximum of two applications per film will be accepted during this pilot year.

Apply Now

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This Scholarship Published by:
Rania Khalaf / Egypt

Reviewed by “ Mohamed Magdi Eweda / Egypt

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