Cinema Without Borders Comes To Kenya

Published on: Aug 23, 2022

Cinema Without Borders, a multi-day interactive workshop programme recently announced the launch of their new edition in Nairobi, Kenya, with a call to apply to participate in their workshops in November.

The programme is designed for film festival organizers to strengthen new human rights film festivals and enhance the sustainability of existing festivals. In addition to connecting with like-minded festivals, sharing ideas and building new networks, participants get inspired and assisted.

Film festival organizers from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are invited to join the Nairobi edition, four day workshop taking place from November 28th to December 1st. The workshop is centered on how to organize a human rights film festival or mobile cinema project.

The goal of the workshop is to have participants in East Africa gain practical knowledge and get fresh ideas and opportunities to strengthen their network. The workshops will allow participants to exchange experiences and best practices, gain inspiration and assistance to further develop their own festival. The interactive workshops will address various aspects of organizing a human rights film festival, such as programming films and organizing debates, fundraising, impact strategies, promotion and reaching new audiences.

The workshop has space for only 15 qualified participants from the field of cinema and human rights, who already have some experience in organizing at least one socially engaged film event/ festival. To qualify, applicants need a good level of English and a relationship to a reliable non-profit organization. Selection is based on motivation and experience. Gender and regional balance of participants is also taken into account.

There is no participation fee, costs for travel and lodging will be covered and we expect participants to be available for all the 4 days of the programme.

To apply, fill out the online form and application form and submit to Movies that Matter latest September 11th at midnight CEST. If you encounter any problems while submitting the application, please send your application to



Rewarding Creativity With The New Comma Fund

Published on: Aug 20, 2022

The New Comma Creative Fund is a monthly micro-grant of £100 to support an African Creative. Born out of their mission to support the upcoming generation of African creatives, every month, New Comma awards a one-time contribution of £100 to support an African creative. No strings attached.

This fund is for African professionals and enthusiasts alike who need a little financial boost to start or sustain their creative endeavors. Creatives are invited to apply by sharing their work with the world on New Comma social media platform. A space for African creatives to connect, create, learn and earn.

For more information on how to apply, criteria you need to meet, click on this link. The August cycle closes on the 26th.


Two Days Left To Apply For €180,000 Euros in Grant Funding

Published on: Aug 15, 2022

Last month, the  ACP-EU Culture Programme in Eastern Africa in collaboration with Ignite Culture launched it’s second call for applications, after a successful inaugural run. Creatives with registered and operational businesses  are invited to apply for grants up to €180,000 Euros per applicant.

Ignite Culture is implemented by HEVA in partnership with the British Council Kenya, with the financial contribution of the European Union, and further support from the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (OACPS).

The inaugural grant application call took place in July 2021 and resulted in 19 creative businesses being awarded the financial support of up to 2.5 million euros. This has enabled the grantees to start/continue projects that will:

  • strengthen the creative and cultural ecosystem in which practitioners and organizations operate in Eastern Africa.

  • improve the access and visibility of the diverse creative and cultural sectors in Eastern Africa.

  • promote economic growth of the creative and cultural sector in the Eastern Africa region. 

Ignite Culture the ACP-EU Culture Programme In Eastern Africa aims to empower even more creative and cultural businesses in the Eastern African region in this second run. There are only two days left before the call for applications are closed. Visit the Ignite Culture website for more information on the application criteria.


Africa No Filter Grant For Filmmakers

Published on: Aug 09, 2022

Are you an African filmmaker working on the final stage of your film project?

Well, you’re in luck! Africa No Filter’s next grant call-out will be aimed exclusively at filmmakers.

Film is a powerful medium which has the immense potential to inform, educate, raise social awareness and entertain. Africa No Filter wants to partner with storytellers who want to tell stories that contribute to shifting the stereotypical and harmful narratives through The Last Mile Fund.

The grant will be 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 address 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.

Applicants will be expected to show evidence that the film is in the final stages of completion, including links to a rough cut.

For more information on this grant, join their community.

ANF grants support emerging and established artists, scholars, authors, poets, bloggers, vloggers, photographers, curators, publishers, musicians, journalists, and arts, culture and media organisations that are already challenging stereotypes about Africa.

They offer grants directly and indirectly through intermediaries as part of their work of strengthening the narrative change ecosystem by developing robust research and nuanced storytelling about Africa.