The Africa Residency Programme 2019 (For Young African Filmmakers)

Are you a young African filmmaker looking for an international training platform to develop your new documentary film project? For the second time, DOK.fest München together with the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich and the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) offers a Residency Programme accompanied by training in story and treatment development, financing and pitching. Africa Residency Programme

The Africa residency is aimed at supporting filmmakers from African countries to develop their feature-length narrative documentary film projects at the international level. can offer two scholarships including travel costs to and from Munich, a mentoring and training programme, a monthly allowance of 1,200 Euros and accommodation in the artist-in-residence premises at the Ebenböckhaus of the City of Munich. The residency programme will last from 2nd March until 14th May 2018. Africa residency

As part of the Residency, the training programme in cooperation with the University for Television and Film Munich (HFF) will include workshops and mentoring in the following areas:

  • Treatment development
  • Scriptwriting
  • Budgeting and financing
  • Pitching training and the production of a pitch

The International Office of HFF will support the residents during their stay in Munich and facilitate access to university.

Eligibility invites all filmmakers (directors/authors) who

  • are younger than 35 years old
  • hold the citizenship of a sub-Saharan African country and primarily live and work in Africa.
  • currently work on a feature-length documentary film (minimum 52 min.) which is supposed to be shot and produced in an African country
  • are fluent in the English language, in both its written and spoken form

to apply for the Africa Residency Programme.

How to Apply

In order to apply for the Africa Residency Programme please send the following two PDF documents in English to

  • 1st PDF 

Please fill in the application form completely (please only edit the downloaded version!)
(Please insert your first and second name in the title of the PDF file: LastName_FirstName_OnlineForm_DNA_2019)

  • 2nd PDF 

Please also send us your project outline as one single PDF file (max. 2 MB), covering the following aspects:

  • Project title
  • Synopsis (max. 4,000 characters)
  • Film length (please note that we only accept projects for feature-length documentary films beginning from 52 min.)
  • Visual concept (what is your intended approach and which cinematic means are you going to use? E.g. Observational / interview / essay film etc. / Told with e.g. archive material / fictionalised elements / animation etc.)
  • Director’s statement (why do you want to do this film? Max. 2,000 characters)
  • Budget plan and financing strategy

Please insert your first and second name as well as the project title in the title of the PDF file:LastName_FirstName_ProjectTitle_DNA_2019)

Deadline: 18th November 2018


One thought on “The Africa Residency Programme 2019 (For Young African Filmmakers)

  1. Samuel Mafayo on Reply

    wooow this so amazing for people like us who are whirling to learn more about film and improve on what we do

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.