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Short Film Festival 

Calling all filmmakers for Axum’s Short Film Festival: Ignite your creativity! Open to all ages, submit your masterpiece for a chance to win up to $1000! Embrace local talent, connect with the community, and be part of a cinematic celebration. Let the filmmaking magic begin!

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Embark on a creative journey to bring your stories to life through our upcoming Short Film Festival. This initiative supported by the The Cultural Participation Fund, aims to ignite the passion for filmmaking among individuals of all ages, fostering a vibrant community of storytellers and film enthusiasts.

Running from December 1, 2023, to February 24, 2024. Our project serves as a springboard for local filmmakers to showcase their talent and share their unique perspectives with the world. We invite filmmakers, both under 18 and 18+, to participate and contribute their creative voices to the project.


  • The festival is open to filmmakers of all ages and nationalities.

  • Short films must be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

  • Short films must have been completed within the past two years.

  • Short films must be submitted in a digital format (e.g., MP4, MOV).


  • Short films must be uploaded via our submission page.

  • The submission deadline is 20th of February 2024


  • Short films will be selected by a panel of  professionals.

  • The panel will consider the following criteria:

    • Originality and creativity

    • Storytelling and narrative structure

    • Cinematography and editing

    • Overall impact and entertainment value


  • Awards will be given to the best short films in each category.

    • Minor Category  - 18 years  

      • 1st Prize $500

      • 1st runner up  $ 250 

    • Adult Category + 18 years 

      • 1st Prize $1000 

      • 1st Runner up  500

  • Award winners will be announced at the festival's closing ceremony on the 24th of February 2024.


  • Selected films will be screened during the festival at AXUM ART CAFE, which will take place on the 24th February 2024.

  • Filmmakers are invited to attend the festival and participate in Q&A sessions with the audience

Additional Rules

  • Short films cannot contain any  overly explicit or offensive content ( hate speech)

  • Short films cannot be used for commercial purposes 

  • The festival organizers reserve the right to disqualify any film that does not meet the eligibility criteria or violates these rules.

  • Films submitted after the specified deadline may be disqualified unless prior arrangements are made

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