International Media Arts Film Festival

International Media Arts Film Festival
Plot 66 BG RD Kampala
Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256784794690

2020, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Thu 1st Oct 20
Sat 7th Nov to Sun 8th Nov

Festival Overview

I.M.A.F.F welcomes you to our First edition, An event organized for both independent filmmakers and cinema-goers who love to discover niche films and artists.

The International Media Arts film festival seeks to enlighten, and entertain through the exhibition. The i.m.a.f.f has the objective of creating awareness through the projection of Independent films. We welcome submissions from a range of genres including short films, documentaries, features, animations and screenplays
The Festival opens its doors to film enthusiasts, movie fans and students alike who want to get their start in the industry by meeting and connecting with industry professionals. The Festival offers you the chance to meet other filmmakers and industry professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate in a highly creative and inspiring atmosphere. We strive to bring filmmakers from all over the world under one setting. We continue to represent filmmakers from all levels and experiences.


Audience Award
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Editor
Best Cinematography
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Documentary
Best Drama
Best Fantasy
Best Horror
Best Low Budget
Best International
Best Music Video
Best Sci-Fi
Best Student


Action Action Adaptation Adventure Advertising Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Bollywood Children Comedy Crime Crime Disaster Documentary Drama Educational Erotic Experimental Family Fantasy Foreign Language French Gangster Gay and Lesbian Ghost Historical Horror Independent Jewish Legal Martial Arts Medical Murder Mystery Music Video Musical Mystery National Natural History Noir Period Political Reality Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Sport Spy Student Supernatural Teen Thriller Travel TV War Western Women

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Gayi Dennis
Festival Organiser
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Open to the public


All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at the .

Nominations: All films nominated for every category.
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.
Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.

We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.
We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Each Applicant must be 18 years of age or older,During the selection process, I.M.A.F,F Organizer will attempt to contact the Applicant’s using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Film’s acceptance status. I.M.A.F.F Organizer disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the selection period (FEB, 2020 to AUG 18, 2020

Applicants acknowledge that I.M.A.F.F Organizer has the sole right to select the submissions that will be showcased, exhibited, and/or part of the competition at the 2020 Festival and has the sole right to reject submissions. Applicants that are selected must grant to I.M.A.F.F Organizer the limited license to screen/ exhibit the Film at the 2020 Festival, currently scheduled for AUGUST 29 – May 31, 2020, in Kampala, for zero dollars ($0); All ticket sales and proceeds are property of I.M.A.F.F Organizer.

If your Film is selected to participate in the 2020 Festival, you will be required to submit the selected Film’s script and a downloadable version of the selected Film for such research purposes.IMAF Organizer will send an email to you with the delivery instructions. If a response with the required information is not received within forty-eight (48) hours, I.M.A.F.F Organizer may rescind the acceptance of the film.
For any questions regarding submissions to the competition, please email

I.M.A.F.F Organizer may add to or amend these Rules and Regulations at any time. You are advised to repeatedly consult to review the latest rules.


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Opening Date Feb/03/2020

Early Bird Deadline: April/10/2020 – Fee: 30$

Regular Bird Deadline: July/20/2020 – Fee: 45$.

Late Deadline: Aug/25/2020 – Fee: 60$.

Extended Deadline Oct/01/2020 – Fee: 100$.

The Boss Tickets 200$ & The V.I.P Tickets 300$

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