Global Documentary Challenge


In view of the pandemic that is ravaging the world today, the African International Documentary Festival has created a special global documentary challenge for young documentarians of Africa and African Diaspora to tell stories about the effects the Novel Coronavirus has had on lives, communities and systems.


Research and critical thinking are important parts of the production process because they help to answer the questions; what story needs to be told and why? These stories can range from personal stories of overcoming grief, pain, or fear to movements towards victory and healing and everything in between. In addition to the effects of the Coronavirus, subjects can include governmental efforts, Non-Profit Organizations and Corporations as well as the health workers or other heroes on the front lines.


Whatever the choice of focus, each story must respond to the theme of “Beyond the Lockdown” and solutions. For example, when the pandemic is over, what will we see Beyond the Lockdown-the problem and the solution?  Or, while so many of us are on Lockdown, what are we seeing or not seeing that is being addressed or needs to be addressed and why is that a problem and what is the solution?


Documentarians and filmmakers across the globe of African heritage (e.g. USA, UK, Caribbean, and Africa) are invited to bring these important stories to the frontlines, paying serious attention to stories that are unreported or underreported. Life after the lockdown, Life Beyond the Lockdown-what does this mean to you as a storyteller? 

NB: All documentary Producers and Directors are expected to do the following;

  1. A 60 second video of themselves revealing challenges and victories during the documentary production.
  2. A 30 second or less video talking about what the contest means to you.
  • A 30 second or less video talking about what the contest means to your community, local and/or global.


Opening Date

On the 23rd of May, 2020 documentarians are expected to commence the documentary challenge.


Documentary Duration

5 minutes




Documentarians must present a short synopsis of about 150 words briefly explaining the produced documentary.




Names, ages and positions of all crew members

Short Bio of director/producer/crew members



There shall be three winners. An overall winner (Gold), 1st Runner Up (Silver) and 2nd Runner Up (Bronze) and 7 Honourable mentions. The Honourable mentions shall be from the pool of 10 finalists.


Production Catalog

Production Catalog is expected to accompany submitted documentaries. It must entail details of the synopsis, crew, production equipment, production date, location, features, references etc


Production Quality/Standard



Full HD




Audio/Sound Quality

Sound bites must be balanced and the narration must be distinctly done with the flow of the story. We advise that producers must obtain the rights to use soundtracks etc and reference authors during the end credit.


Story Structure

The story must have a flow that is consistent; an introduction, middle and the conclusion.


Lower Thirds

Featured guests, location shown in scenes must have names written appropriately on the screen when shown.



Documentary producers must specify their legal names and location.


Language: Full transcripts in English are required to be a part of the submission process. Subtitles should also be used with content that is not in English Language or hard to understand because of outside noise, etc.


Release Form

Documentarians are expected to click agree or not agree buttons after carefully reading the release form online. This release form gives full rights to African International Documentary Festival and Foundation to use their content and material for various purposes including promotion and marketing of AFIDF and AFIDFF.


Credits: At the conclusion of the documentary, documentarians should provide a general list of acknowledgments and credits for any featured music, images, lm/media clips, interviews or other sources. These credits should be a brief list and not full bibliographic citations (i.e. name and position or role). All sources (music, images, lm/ media clips, interviews, books, Web sites) used in the making of the documentary should be properly cited in the submission as well as in the credits that come at the end of the documentary.



Advisory to All Applicants:  Given the severe travel restrictions in place, please we advise applicants to stay safe unless you have a high degree of confidence that the project field work can be completed without risking your safety and the safety of others. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!



All Documentaries must be submitted on or before 23:59 GMT, 21st July, 2020.

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