Submit Your Film

Malawi’s International Short Film Festival will return! The fifth incarnation of Lilongwe Shorts will hopefully take place again in the country’s capital towards the end of 2017. This is your chance to be a part of a very special event: submit your film now. Right now. If you don’t have a short film, make one!

The easiest way to enter your film for consideration is to email us a link to where your film can be streamed online. We prefer to watch films on Vimeo (remember to send us the video’s password if there’s a privacy setting on), but we are also accepting films on other video-sharing platforms such as YouTube. Send the link to your film to this email address: If we think your film could fit into our programme, we’ll be in touch about the best way to get a high-quality version for screening.

We don’t have a deadline yet, but once details of the festival are confirmed we’ll be sure to update this page as well as put out announcements on our Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s likely to be about a month before the festival.

Eligibility: any film under 20 minutes in length, with any dialogue or subtitles in English or Chichewa.

Lilongwe Shorts is an international short film festival in Malawi presented by the Film Association of Malawi (FAMA) and Lake of Stars. The first two-day event took place in May 2015 at Crossroads Hotel, featuring over eighty short films, live performances, Q&As with filmmakers, workshops, exhibitions, an awards ceremony, and a morning of Lilongwe Tots – short films for children. Lilongwe Tots returned in 2016 for the Children’s Future Festival at Sunbird Capital Hotel, and in January 2017 Lilongwe Shorts came to the Kamuzu Institute for Youth and Sports for Malawi’s inaugural Festival of Ideas.