General Rules & Regulations

Documentaries submitted to AWDFF should not be copyrighted or produced prior to two years of festival.

All films in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English.

No cuts or changes in any film will be made by the festival committee for any reason.

Excerpts from films will only be shown on television for promotional purposes if permission is obtained from the producer.

The AWDFF is open to the public.

The AWDFF shall not offer comments or reasons for films not selected for the festival.

This is a non-refundable fee, to be sent in the form of a Money Order or Cashier's Check, payable to AWDFF, UM-St. Louis or by credit card online through WITHOUTABOX.

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About the Festival

The E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival, (Saint Louis, Missouri, USA; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Birmingham, Alabama, USA; Bridgetown, Barbados, Yaounde, Cameroon; Ibadan, Nigeria & London, UK) is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African-American Studies, Centre for International Studies at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis and The Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Lagos, Nigeria.

Through the art of documentary filmmaking, the AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and culture, of the people of Africa worldwide. Annually, we receive submissions for our festival totaling over 300 documentary films, of which our selection committee recommends a maximum of 50 to 60 films submitted by filmmakers from all over the Africa world. We receive films from Australia, Belize,  Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom  and USA  just to mention a few.

The Inaugural Africa World Documentary Film Festival (Saint Louis, Missouri & Lagos, Nigeria) concluded at the Tivoli Cinema Hall in Saint Louis, Missouri on October 14th, 2007. It opened at the National Theatre of Nigeria Cinema Hall 1 on November 2 and concluded on November 10th, 2007. Subsequently, we have featured our festival at the Missouri History Museum, the Regional Arts Commission, the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Belas Artes Multicultural Center (all in Saint Louis, MO); the Mark Twain Museum, Hannibal, MO; the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination in Cave Hill Barbados; the Bermuda International Film Festival in Hamilton, Bermuda, and the Friends House, Euston Road, London, UK.

In the current year, we are delighted to have added as a new partner, the Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), based in Lagos, Nigeria.

In 2010 a short documentary submission, titled "Music by Prudence" was awarded Best Short Documentary at the 2010 Academy Awards.

We continue to seek new partners and venues to show these brilliantly made documentaries highlighting African life and culture around the world. Please let us know if you are interested on partnering with AWDFF, as one of its venue partners across the globe!


'Niyi Coker, Jr.
Director, AWDFF.