Africa has an endless pool of talented filmmakers, but they often face a lot of challenges throughout the production process, especially when it comes to financing post-production costs.
Africa No Filter is launching the Last Mile Film Fund to finance African filmmakers who are working on the last steps of their projects. The Last Mile Film Fund offers grants of up to $15,000 for feature-length films and up to $10,000 for short films.
Films must have appealing storylines that challenge stereotypical narratives of Africa.
The grant, which is open to applicants in the continent and the diaspora, will fund narrative-changing films that are in the final stages of production.
Films must have appealing storylines that challenge stereotypical narratives of Africa and should be ready for completion and premiere by 31 August 2023.
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.
- The production company must demonstrate that they have the authority and capacity to submit the project and hold all the rights in and to the project and its related materials.
- 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.
The following applications will not be considered:
- Incomplete applications which lack supporting materials and documents.
- Applications submitted via post or e-mail.
- Films that will be completed after 31 August 2023.
- Short and feature-length films that are in development or production phases.
- Films that reinforce the stereotypical and outdated views on Africa by addressing the recurring themes around poverty, poor leadership, weak governance, violence, terrorism, disease, etc.
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 premiere by 31 August 2023.
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.
All applicants will be contacted by the week of 17 October 2022.
The maximum amount for the Last Mile Film Fund is up to $15,000 for feature-length films and a maximum of $10,000 for short films.