Sauti za Busara festival Call for African Music Films

Genre : Calls for papers
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Release/publication date : August 2014
Published on : 08/10/2014
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For all four nights of the festival, we screen music films, shorts, clips and videos as a complementary programme to the live performances on the main stage.

The Old Fort's seated Amphitheatre transforms into a cinema space where festival-goers gather to watch big screen projections of music stories from all around the African continent and diaspora.

What we're looking for

Sauti za Busara festival is looking for a variety of stimulating and entertaining feature length films, shorts, and music videos from around Africa.

These can be music clips, recorded concerts, music documentaries or more experimental films. We're looking primarily for:

Films telling a story about music or musicians from the African Continent and diasporaa

Films representing the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond

Music films of interest to local, regional and international audiences

Films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa

Films including new and unheard of sounds, as well as established artists

Foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English

Deadline for applications: 30th November 2014

Your application can only be considered if we have received a completed application including two DVD copies of the film before 30 Nov 2014. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee decision by email during December.

Applying is easy as one, two, three:

Step 1:
Complete the online: application form.

Step 2:
Send two clearly labelled copies of the film on DVD format to
*For courier services or delivery by hand
Busara Promotions Office, Opposite Golf Club, Maisara, Airport Road, Zanzibar, Tanzania
*For normal post
Busara Promotions, PO Box 3635, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
*All materials sent to Busara address must be labelled FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY

Step 3:
Email a high-res picture or film still, illustrating the aesthetic of the film to


  • 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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