An exciting addition to this year’s FAME Week Africa is the FAME Film Shorts Festival, an independent film festival dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from across Africa.

The Film Shorts Festival takes place from 7 to 9 September 2023 at The Labia Theatre in Cape Town and will showcase bold, visionary and thought-provoking cinematic magic that will inspire not only the judges, but the broader cinema-loving public who are seeking alternatives to major studio projects.

“Film shorts are exciting because they have to tell a compelling story or convey a powerful message in a limited amount of time. This can lead to creative and innovative approaches to storytelling, such as unique visual styles or unconventional narratives. Additionally, the shorter format can allow for more experimentation and risk-taking, as filmmakers may have more freedom to explore unconventional ideas that might not work in a longer format,”
says Martin Hiller, Portfolio Director of FAME Week Africa.

Judges will be selecting films from seven categories:
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best I&D Short Film
Best Music Video

FAME Film Festival has teamed up with FilmFreeway to ensure a seamless entry process. Entries are now open and close on 30 May. To enter, click here –

The judging panel comprises of trailblazers from different disciplines of the film industry: Fabian Martovell (Multi-Award Winning Director), Jason Fidler (Director: Durban Gay and Lesbian Festival), Karen Jeynes (Writer, Director and Producer), Kopana Cowen (Executive Producer and Head Creative: Connect TV), Mimi Bartells (General Manager: FilmOne Studios), Pascal Schmitz (Head of Production and Development: AAA Entertainment), Ryan Solovei (Country Manager: VIU Africa) and Xolelwa Nhlabatsi (Film Director, Writer and Producer).

Together with MIP Africa, FAME Film Shorts Festival has a wide variety of events for filmmakers to participate in. From 4 to 6 September, the Cape Town International Convention Centre will come alive with content sessions, workshops and masterclasses presented by industry professionals with the purpose of educating and inspiring professionals within the film and television industry.

For more information about FAME Week Africa, FAME Film Shorts Festival and MIP Africa, visit

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FAME WEEK AFRICA, in the Host City of Cape Town, is an essential destination for African and global creative professionals and features content sessions, music showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development, and a variety of networking opportunities. Conferences and festivals will celebrate the convergence of the tech, film, television, animation, and music industries. FAME Week Africa consists of the following corelated shows MIP Africa, Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), Muziki Africa and Media & Entertainment Solutions Africa (MESA)

MIP AFRICA offers a unique experience of pre-scheduled one-to-one matchmaking that guarantees meetings between content creative, producers and buyers as well as sellers to support programmes, sales and co-production partnerships. MIP Africa is the latest addition to the MIPCOM series of events.

Cape Town International ANIMATION Festival (CTIAF) is the largest dedicated African Animation B2B event on the continent, with a programme that has something for everyone. Attendees can enjoy workshops, dedicated networking sessions and a content sessions.

Muziki Africa is Africa’s premier conference and marketplace for the continent’s music industry to engage on the business of music. Focusing on the core music business (labels, publishers, rights societies and more), the technology sector (start-ups, developers, and big tech companies), and brands and the agencies that represent them (for music and brand campaigns,) Muziki Africa is the place that will put you face-to-face with the people, content, and ideas to give you a fresh year of opportunity.

Media & Entertainment Solutions Africa (MESA) With film and video content and digital audio content more popular than ever, MESA helps connect businesses with the creative professionals needed to make content to delight their target audiences. No matter what goals you want to achieve, we’ll help you find the qualified professionals and resources you need to make your ideas become a reality.

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