Mobile Film Festival

1 MOBILE , 1 MINUTE , 1 FILM

MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL AFRICA

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Q&A

You might find the answer to your question below! If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact our team.

Artistic aspects

What can I film with?

You can film with a mobile phone or a tablet. You can use accessories such as a microphone, stabiliser, filters, removable lenses, etc.

Can I use accessories?

Yes, you can use accessories such as microphones, stabilisers, filters, removable lenses, etc.

Duration

1 minute maximum, including credits.

Theme

For this 100% African edition, we invite you all – directors and filmmakers living in one of Africa’s 54 countries – to make your own film.

There are no topic restrictions.

Film genre

All audio-visual forms are accepted: fiction, documentary and all genres, too: romance, horror, science-fiction, western, drama, period, thriller, Z movie, comedy, action, war film, etc., as well as stop-motion, time lapse, etc.

Can I enter an animated film?

Films using motion-capture techniques and/or special effects added during editing are more than welcome, as long as the images themselves were filmed using a mobile/tablet device. Unfortunately, films comprising only graphic animations without any live action are not permitted.

Can several people be involved in making the film?

Yes. The entry form allows you to list all members of your team and their role on page 3, including any co-producers and directors.

Can I use pre-existing music?

Yes and no. If you want to use any music in your film, you must hold the appropriate rights or have been authorised to use it by the author or its rights holders. You will be required to prove this, where requested by our team. There is, however, lots of royalty-free music available for you to use. Please take a look at the YouTube audio library.

Can I enter more than one video into the competition?

Yes, you can enter as many films as you like, free of charge. However, only one film per director can be shortlisted for the competition. When registering more than one film, please use the same username, email address and password for each one.

Registering for the Mobile Film Festival

Is it possible to sign up anonymously?

We understand that the theme of the competition this year and the way in which it may be addressed in certain films could put directors in danger. Therefore, we’re giving you the option to create a pseudonym, which will be used if you’re officially selected. However, we do ask that you include your real identity on the registration form (first name, surname, address, email address and phone number); this information will remain entirely confidential and can only be seen by the Mobile Film Festival team.

Who can register and take part in the Mobile Film Festival Africa 2020?

Anyone living in one of Africa’s 54 countries can take part in MFF Africa 2020. The call for films for this year’s edition is not open to those who do not live on the African continent. Please note, addresses will be checked upon registration.

What kinds of video files do you accept?

MP4 and MOV files, 200MB max.

I can’t access page 2 of the form, what should I do?

Please use another email address and change your username. The issue could be related to your browser. Please try again using a different browser. If that still doesn’t work, please contact our team (info@mobilefilmfestival.com), attaching screenshots of the error messages you’re seeing.

I made a mistake when filling out the form (incorrect information, wrong video file, etc.), what should I do?

Don’t panic! Simply get in touch with our team (info@mobilefilmfestival.com) and tell them your full name, the title of your film, the email address you used when registering and the issue. Our team will get back to you as quickly as possible telling you what to do next.

I haven’t received confirmation of my entry.

You should receive an email after submitting the online form. This may take a few minutes. If you still haven’t received anything 24 hours after registering and have checked your junk folder, please contact our team: info@mobilefilmfestival.com . We will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Subtitling your film on Dotsub

Subtitles

Subtitling in the film’s original language is compulsory for any films that include dialogue, title cards, voiceover or any inscriptions necessary for understanding the story. Please note: do not embed any subtitles in your film! You should add them via our partner, Dotsub.com, when registering. We will create a free Dotsub account for you when you register your film. You will receive your login details automatically by email, allowing you to subtitle your film for free in just a few minutes using Dotsub. If you don’t subtitle your film on Dotsub, your registration cannot be approved by our team.

My film already has subtitles, what should I do?

We cannot accept any films with embedded subtitles. You must create or import any subtitles via our partner Dotsub.com. Once you have completed your registration form, you will receive your login details automatically by email, allowing you to subtitle your film for free in just a few minutes.

I already have a Dotsub account, can I use it to subtitle my film?

Yes. If you already have a Dotsub account, please let us know via the registration form (page 1), including the username, email address and password linked to your account. Your film will be automatically available on your Dotsub account within around 48 hours. You’ll receive an email when your film is available on Dotsub.

I have already participated in the Mobile Film Festival.

In this case, please use the same username and password you used in the year you entered. If you have forgotten your username or password, you can reset them here: https://dotsub.com/login

My short film doesn’t require subtitling (film without dialogue or voice-over, no dialogue cards, no credits, without any inscriptions necessary to properly understand the story), is my registration complete?

Yes. Once you have completed the entry form, you will receive an email confirming your registration or explaining how to add your subtitles on Dotsub, if your film needs to be subtitled.

I didn’t receive a confirmation email after creating my subtitles on Dotsub, is this normal?

You should receive a confirmation email as soon as your subtitles are approved by our team. Our team checks all subtitles manually, so there may be a short delay. If you still haven’t heard anything after 72 hours (don’t forget to check your junk mail!), please contact our team: info@mobilefilmfestival.com

Official selection

When will the selection be announced?

The official selection will be announced on our website on 17 March 2021.

How many films will be selected?

Around fifty films will be selected.

Where can the official selections be viewed?

Officially selected films can be viewed on our website, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts from Wednesday, February 17th 2021, as well as on the big screen during the prize-giving ceremony, which will take place Thursday, March 25th 2021, in a major African capital city.

Awards

The Mobile Film Festival Africa Award

1 grant worth €10,000 will be awarded to the winner of the Grand Prize Africa. This grant is designed to finance the production of a short film using professional resources within a year. The money will be given to an approved producer, who will take financial responsibility and ensure the film is completed. The winner may suggest a producer they’d like to work with, in agreement with the organisers of the Mobile Film Festival. If the winner does not know any, we will put them in touch with producers in their country.

The TV5 Monde prize: for the French-speaking Film Award

1 prize of €2,500 will be awarded by TV5 Monde to the winner of the French-speaking Film Award. This grant is designed to finance the production of a short film using professional resources over the course of a year.

The SACEM prize: for the Original Music Score Award

1 prize of €2,500 will be awarded by SACEM to the winner of the Original Music Award. This prize must be used to create and produce a new musical work dedicated to the picture using professional resources over the course of a year.

The Yebo! prize: for the Documentary Film Award

1 prize of €2,000 will be awarded by Yebo! to the winner of the Documentary Film Award. This grant is designed to finance the production of a short film using professional resources over the course of a year.

The Tazama Festival prize: for the African Female Director Award

1 prize of €1,500 will be awarded by Tazama Festival to the winner of the African Female Director Award. This grant is designed to finance the production of a short film using professional resources over the course of a year.

Disclaimer

The official selection and awards do not imply endorsement by the partners

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