Canex Short Film competition

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The African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank), through its Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) programme is excited to announce a short film competition and screening initiative, CANEX Shorts. CANEX Shorts is an exciting and dynamic competition for young filmmakers to be acknowledged for their work as well as to secure the opportunity to attend and be showcased at CANEX at IATF2023.

Filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 29 are invited to submit their films no longer than 5 minutes via Filmfreeway:  in order to be considered for selection.  A selection of films, curated by the selection committee, will be sent to the jury who will then select a short list of 10 films that will all be screened during the CANEX at IATF2023. From the short list, 3 winners – one in each category – will be selected:

  • Best Feature
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Animation

The winning filmmakers will be invited to CANEX at IATF2023 to showcase their films and to have the opportunity to connect with potential investors and other partners at the largest gathering of creatives on the continent. In addition, each winner will receive a cash prize.

CANEX at IATF2023 is scheduled to hold during Intra African Trade Fair 2023 and will further develop conversations and provide even more business to business and business to government opportunities through a 7 day gathering that  will take place in Cairo, from 9 – 15 November 2023.  The event will be another important milestone in Afreximbank’s implementation of the Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) programme; a multi-faceted intervention aimed at supporting and developing Africa’s rapidly growing creative sector.

The third edition of IATF will hold under the theme “Connecting African Markets” and CANEX at IATF 2023 will bring together creatives, policy makers, financial institutions, business and political leaders, development partners, thought leaders and the most powerful and respected names in the Creative and Cultural Industries from across the continent and the diaspora.

This event will provide a unique platform for facilitating business, investment, collaboration, partnerships and inspiration amongst creatives across the value chain of diverse creative and cultural industry sectors from film, music, and fashion to culinary arts, sports, and visual arts amongst others, CANEX at IATF2023.

Selection Criteria

  • The competition is open to Africans living on the continent and in the diaspora
  • Films must be no longer than 5 minutes in length
  • The filmmaker must be between the ages of 18 – 29
  • The filmmaker must own all rights
  • Films can be in any language but those not in English, must be subtitled in English
  • A digital link to the film must be provided in the submission
  • Only one film per filmmaker
  • Selected filmmakers will be required to sign a release / rights agreement
  • Entrants must have a bank account where they can receive international payments

To enter, please visit Filmfreeway:

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Given the relevance and opportunities provided by the creative economy as a key driver for development and job creation, Afreximbank has developed the Creative Africa Nexus programme to facilitate the development and growth of the creative and cultural industries in Africa and the diaspora. The initiative provides a range of financing and non-financing instruments /interventions aimed at supporting and developing Africa’s production, trade, and investment in the creative sector.

The key strategic objectives under the CANEX Programme include:

• Increasing Africa’s share of global cultural trade flows through trade and investment promotion activities

• Deploying specialized financial products to support the CCI ecosystem

• Facilitating technical capacity programs that enable export grade production

• Facilitating market access to high value demand hubs (through partnerships)

• Advocating for harmonized regulatory reform especially in relation to IP rights and incentives.

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