Funding opportunity for African filmmakers changing the narrative about Africa

ANF will grant funds of up to $10,000 to filmmakers in Africa or the African diaspora who are working on films with compelling storylines that advocate for Better Representation of the African continent.

Africa has an abundance of fresh, different, upbeat, inspirational stories that show Africans as heroes not victims.

Africa No Filter is looking to support films that can change the way the world sees us and how we see ourselves; films about African exceptionalism, featuring interesting and inspiring characters and plots that inspire, motivate and show the progress we have made as a continent.

Africa No Filter is launching the Last Mile Film Fund cycle for the year 2023 to finance African filmmakers who are working on the final stages of production. The fund offers grants of up to $10,000 for feature-length films and up to $5,000 for short films.

Films must have appealing storylines that challenge stereotypical narratives of Africa and advocate for Better Representation of the African continent. Films should be ready for completion and premier within the span of one year after contracting with Africa No Filter.

At Africa No Filter, we believe that harmful narratives are shifted by changing the underlying stories that fuel them and so, we advocate for, and support nuanced and contemporary storytelling that shift stereotypical and harmful narratives within and about Africa.

We support African storytellers to tell stories better and tell better stories. To tell stories better is to adopt nuanced, ethical, and balanced storytelling about Africa. To tell better stories is to contribute to the emergence of new kinds of stories that create new pathways and feed multiple narratives about Africa. This is Better Representation at Africa No Filter.

Eligibility and Criteria

The following criteria will be applied:

  • Short and feature-length fiction, documentary or animation films at the final stages of production, including post-production (editing, visual effects, sound mixing, dubbing), marketing and distribution, etc.
  • The call-out is aimed at post-production activities which can be covered by the grant in full. However, if the cost of the intended activity is more than the requested funding from ANF (Africa No Filter), the applicant must show evidence of confirmed funding for the excess amount from another source.
  • The fund is open to filmmakers based in the continent and the diaspora, and the project needs to be African led.
  • All films must be submitted in their original language or subtitled in English. Only applications sent through the online application form available on our website will be accepted.
  • Films must challenge a prevailing negative stereotype about or within Africa or reflect a refreshing, more contemporary and nuanced narrative of the continent, along with a storyline that is compelling to a broad audience both at the pan-African level and internationally.
  • Demonstration of commitment or willingness to commit to Better Representation. This includes but is not limited to participating in and delivering the Better Representation induction to the filmmakers you work with.
Ineligibility Criteria

The following applications will not be considered: 

  • Incomplete applications which lack supporting materials and documents.
  • Applications submitted via post or e-mail.
  • Short and feature-length films that are in development or production phases.
  • Films that reinforce stereotypical and outdated views on Africa by addressing the recurring themes around poverty, poor leadership, weak governance, violence, terrorism, disease, etc.
Annual Timeline

Applications are open throughout the year.

Only short-listed Candidates will be notified. Consider your application unsuccessful if you have not heard back from us 6 weeks after your submission.

*Please note: Applications are considered on a first come first served basis and will close when we reach the full quota for the year.

Do you have questions about The Last Mile Film Fund? See Frequently Asked Questions below.


We're particularly keen on supporting films with storylines that present alternative perspectives about Africa. They should not reinforce the negative stereotypes that still exist. We will not consider funding films that highlight poverty, poor leadership, corruption, conflict or disease. This fund is specifically designed for uplifting stories that focus on human interest rather than issues.

All films should be ready for completion and premier 1 year after signing your contract with ANF.

No. This opportunity is open to Africans living on the continent and in the diaspora.

It is fine if you want to collaborate with non-African professionals for your project. However, you are responsible for the success and the completion of the work.

We ask that all candidates apply only once, using their best idea to apply.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview with ANF. Consider your application unsuccessful if you have not heard back from us 6 weeks after submitting your application.

The maximum amount for the Last Mile Film Fund is up to $10,000 for feature-length films and for a maximum of $5,000 for short films.

Yes. We hosted a Masterclass in Grant Writing for Creatives. Watch it here.