Festival Internationnal Du Film Panafricain de Cannes | FIFP (16)

The Cannes International Pan African Film Festival


02 Aug 2018
Call for entries

28 Feb 2019
Festival closed

17 Mar 2019
Notification date

17 Apr 2019
21 Apr 2019


32 Rue PERRISSOL ,  06400, Cannes, PACA, France

Festival description
Pan African films
Short Films
Feature Films

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2018
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
French English
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Festival start: 17 April 2019      Festival end: 21 April 2019

The International Pan African film festival is a vehicle for promoting the cinema and the industries surrounding it ,the know how and innovations , of culture and art.

The festival offers a permanent support for the development of your projects , and it offers its expertise in how these projects should be partnered . We are at the heart of film distribution and promotion of as well as , music, books and fashion.

The International Pan African film festival is a place where partnerships can be made , strengthen and developed.

Objective : to be at the heart of the Pan African art and cinema industry

The festival is a catalyst for the development of Pan African cinema and art . The festival is continually finding solutions for the development of cinema and Pan African art.

A panel of judges working for the Dikalo Award
This award has given an added dynamic for Pan African work since its creation in 2006.

DIKALO (which means message in the Douala language from Cameroon) is given by the jury to the best feature film and short film (fiction) the best documentary, best actor and actress.

The public also choose who gets a DIKALO.

The quality of the films winning the Dikalos Award reflects the excellent work done by the different professionals who have made up the jury and has helped to make our festival a point of reference within its domain.

All the films which have gained awards at the festival have gone to have international recognition. An example of this is Rigoberto Lopez (winner of the Dikalo Award in 2006 ) the great Cuba director with « Roble de Olor – Perfumed Oak ».

The candidate must carefully read all the rules
Attention! By submitting your film to the FIFP, you acknowledge that you have read and adhere to the following rules.


Part 1: Presentation
Part 2: Objectives
Part 3: Conditions for Participation
Part 4: Subtitle Requirement
Part 5: Official Selection (International Competition)
Part 6: Film Submission
Part 7: Award-Winning Films - Requirements for the Laurels
Part 8: The No-Hosting Rule for Filmmakers and Film Producers of officially selected films
Part 9: Insurances
Part 10: Litigation rules


Article 1: The International Panafrican Film Festival’s goal is to help with the discovery of authors, screenwriters, filmmakers from around the globe who create works or art inspired by the Panafrican universe (Africa and its Diaspora across the five continents)... This ranges from directing a scene, to an actor’s role (primary or secondary...), to film production...

Article 2: The International Panafrican Film Festival aims to explore a keen and alert perspective on the creation of contemporary cinematography in the Panafrican world. The Festival covers aspects of black people’s environment extending from Africa to America through the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific….


Article 3: The objective is the promotion and valorization of the Panafrican cinema. The festival is a meeting platform for film professionals from around the world who are focused in the realm of Panafrican cinema (Africa and its diaspora, America, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe...). This includes producers, distributors, television, investors, institutions, directors, actors, screen writers, photographers, technicians, designers, props, musicians, etc.

Article 4: The festival is here to help professionals and the general public discover the creations arising from the Panafrican world. To support the continued development of the Panafrican film industry by facilitating the broadcasting of its films.


Article 5: Any person, no matter their origin, can submit a film of the following genres: fiction, animation, experimental or documentary, feature-length or short-length.

Article 6: Only Panafrican filmmakers (Africa, America, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Pacific…) can submit works that contain themes that differ from the Panafrican realm.

Article 7: Film makers may submit more than one production.

Article 8: Candidates must submit their submission form along with a digital link to view their film. They must also submit a €50 ($57 USD) registration fee before the deadline stated on the FIFP website (and stated on the film call sign). Registration to the festival grants the International Panafrican Film Festival the right to project all submitted films. Registration fees for students are 39€ ($45 USD) - a photocopy of the student card must be sent to tech@fifp.fr at the same time as the submission is made. Then, the festival will validate the registration.


Article 9: No subtitles are required upon film submission. However, once your film becomes part of the official selection, the following rules must be followed:
Films presented in English or another language (other than French) must contain French subtitles.
It is strongly recommended that films presented in French be subtitled in English.

This requirement was instilled to accommodate the viewing public.

We can assist you with subtitling by proposing solutions adapted to your budget.


Article 10: Film categories include: short, medium, or full length fictions, animations, experimental films, clips, and documentaries.

Article 11: Only Films that become part of the official selection (films in competition) are included in the running for the DIKALO award.

Article 12: The festival’s council of administration selects a panel of judges composed of a minimum of 5 members chosen from cinema professionals and from the artistic, cultural, and social world.

Article 13: The selected panel of judges cannot have any relations (commercial, production, or family…) to the works in competition.

Article 14: The panel of judges selects and presents the DIKALO awards to the best cinematographic works.


Article 15: Upon the registration of your film to the FIFP, you agree to exonerate the Festival from any payment of broadcasting or screening fees for the projection of your film as part of the event. No films that are in the official selection will be projected outside any International Panafrican Film Festival’s theatres during the duration of the entire festival.

Article 16: For the selected films, a digital copy of your film must be sent by email in high definition (either in .MP4, .MOV or .MKV format). Please send your film to tech@fifp.fr via WeTransfer or other file-sharing platform.

We will not accept any films in DVD format or any other physical formats.

Article 17: Digital copies of officially selected films must be received no later than 30 days before the beginning of the Festival. The digital copies must be in good condition for projection.

Article 18: Film projection will only be done in digital format.

Article 19: The media must meet standard broadcasting standards. Therefore, for logistical reasons, the DCP format will not be accepted.

Article 20: Shipment of promotional materials to accompany your film must be free of customs or extra duty charges. Packages must also be labeled with “no commercial value”. The Festival holds the right to refuse any additional materials that does not meet this requirement.

Article 21: Copies of the selected films are kept in the FIFP archives as “memory-copies” for our records.


Article 22: Directors and/or producers of award-winning films are welcome to:
- submit a copy of their screening for the festival archives;
- mention the received award in any advertising material for their film;
- include the received award in any posters or press kits during any distribution of their film.

Article 23: The Dikalos Awards are sent to the winners by post if the nominees were not able to travel and receive the award. The shipping costs will be charged to the director or their production team.


Article 24: The International Panafrican Film Festival is a non-profit organization. We exist thanks the donations received from all people. As a result, the FIFP can not host directors and film professionals of films that are officially selected during their stay in Cannes.


Article 25: The films are under the responsibility of the International Panafrican Film Festival as soon as they are received. The International Panafrican Film Festival covers the insurance fees. The International Panafrican Film Festival’s responsibility ends when the copies are returned. In case of loss or deterioration during the festival, the festival is only responsible for the value of the film copy.


Article 22: In case of a dispute, if no agreement has been found, only the Alpes Maritimes jurisdictional court is deemed competent to settle the dispute.



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