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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.

WHAT? Lilongwe Shorts is Malawi’s international short film festival. It is presented by the Film Association of Malawi in partnership with Lake of Stars, an arts festival that has been taking place on the shores of Lake Malawi (and in Lilongwe with the 2013 City of Stars Festival) since 2004.

WHEN? The inaugural edition of Lilongwe Shorts took place on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May 2015; the full programme for the festival may be found here, and a list of the 2015 winners here. After a Lilongwe Tots mini-festival and appearances at the Children’s Future Festival and the Festival of Ideas, the second full edition of the Lilongwe Shorts festival should take place towards the end of 2017. Submissions are now open!

WHERE? The festival will take place at an easily accessible location in the heart of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city.

TICKETS will be on sale in Lilongwe in advance of the festival.

VOLUNTEER at the festival! We are looking for energetic people who would like to be a part of making this event not only a reality but the best it can be. If you might be one of those people, do get in touch: llwshorts@gmail.com

SUBMIT your work: we welcome all kinds of films. If your piece is under 20 minutes, then it’s eligible! Head over here to get the full lowdown on how to enter your film for consideration.

CONNECT with us! Yes, we’re social: so do like and follow. You should also connect with the Lake of Stars channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

CONTACT us by shooting an email to llwshorts@gmail.com