URUSARO International Women Film Festival – Rwanda


Founded in 2015 by a group of Rwandan women filmmakers, the URUSARO International Women Film Festival is an annual celebration and cultural exhibition that promotes women in cinema for the benefit of the society and gender equality.

The 2019 edition that will take place between 4-11 October under the theme: “Woman: Pillar of Cinema” is now accepting film submissions for the festival.

All nominated films will be screened during the festival week (4-11 October 2019).
Winning films will be awarded during the closing ceremony on 11 October.

The award categories for 2019 are:

  • National Short Fiction
  • National Documentary
  • East African Short Fiction
  • East African Documentary
  • Africa Short Fiction
  • African Documentary
  • African Feature Fiction

During the festival guests can enjoy screenings of films in competition and panorama sections. Additionally, a “Let’s Make Docs!” training programme, master-classes and panel discussions will round out the festival programme.

The Urusaro International Women’s Film Festival is a part of the Women’s Film Festival Network created by The Ladima Foundation as party of its support of women in the film industry across Africa. This network also includes The Udada International Women’s Film Festival in Nairobi, The International Women’s Film Festival Contonou in Benin, and Uganda’s Celebrating Womanhood/ Native Voices Festival.

Submission details for Urusaro are below:

Submission deadline: 16 August, 2019; 5.00 PM (GMT+2)
Official Selection: 26 August 2019.

Eligibility instructions:
• Directed by a female; and a male only if it narrates a story around a woman on a basis of positivity
• Not produced before 2017
• Be in English OR subtitled in English
• For pre-selection purpose, films will be sent via: PRIVATE Vimeo OR PRIVATE YouTube link
• Required Video formats: .vob/.mov/.mp4
• Resolution: HD 1920x1080pi
• Aspect Ratio 16:9

Selected films to be sent via WeTransfer (after official mailing).

Click here to apply and follow all relevant instructions.



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