RapidLion - The South African International Film Festival 2021

Genre : Festival | Johannesburg

From saturday 20 to sunday 21 march 2021

Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv

6th edition: From 20 to 25 March 2021, in Jo'burg, South Africa

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The Future of Cinema in One Place

RapidLion was launched in 2015 at The Historic Market Theatre, where it has been held every year since. It is the only film festival in the world with a special focus on feature films from BRICS countries.

The RapidLion Award Ceremony
RapidLion hosts a ceremony where the festival awards the RapidLion, a platinum-plated award statue whose design is based on the ancient African symbol of excellence with a lioness on top of it to deserving filmmakers.

Industry events at RapidLion
This includes In-The-Spotlight through which the fetival invites international cinema greats to showcase their workthrough master-classes.

Works of the recipient of The Lionel Ngakane Lifetime Achievement Award.

South African films of yesteryear

Films curated for schoolgoers.

RapidLion - The South African International Film Festival, awards the RapidLion to winning entrants. This award is fated to be the most coveted film prize outside Europe and North America.

To be held in Johannesburg, the city with the biggest man-made forest in the world, boasting the richest square mile in Africa, with the largest diversity of creative and friendly people than most metropolises in the world, the greatest city in Africa, The South African International Film Festival, RapidLion, is where all filmmakers from Africa, the African diaspora and BRICS countries will showcase their best work.

You will enjoy some of the best after-parties ever hosted in the film fraternity, meet some of the best filmmakers that ever lived, learn from them if you participate, and leave the festival a better, more determined filmmaker than ever before.

At RapidLion, the experienced will converge with the upcoming and together find ways to lead each other towards the creation of even more magical cinema.

Dates & Deadlines
August 14, 2020: Call for entries - Opening Date
August 31, 2020: Call for entries - Earlybird Deadline
December 10, 2020: Call for entries - Regular Deadline
January 5, 2021: Call for entries - Late Deadline
January 25, 2021: Call for entries - Extended Deadline
January 29, 2021: Notification Date
March 20 - 27, 2021: Event Date

5 Jellicoe Avenue
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2196, South Africa


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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