Africa on Screen Film Festival celebrates the latest and best cinema from African-origin writers, filmmakers and actors.

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Short Film Screenings :


Director: Hawanatu Bangura

Using bold words and equally dramatic movements, seven Afro-Australian women share their experiences and express their ideas about living in the skin they're in.

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Luv, Love! Love? (11 mins)

Director: Ndumiso Sibanda

Filmed in Melbourne "LUV, LOVE!,LOVE" is a 3 part Film. Each film deals with a defining moment within a long Distance relationship, told through a series of voice notes.

bittersweet (8 mins)

Director: Ayan Yusuf

Aisha and her friends are planning a slumber party before they all start different High Schools. Her mother, however, has other plans – forcing Aisha to stay with her Grandmother for a week before she leaves for Somalia indefinitely.

Pole Pole Glamp Cocktail Bar - Venue for Africa On Screen Creative Indaba Networking Night.

Pole Pole Glamp Cocktail Bar - Venue for Africa On Screen Creative Indaba Networking Night.

we can’ wait to see you there!


2018 film festival program

feature films

A quick run down

Monday 29 October / 7pm / The Cookoff / Loop bar and project space
Thursday 1 november / 6:30pm / Hear me move / loop bar and project space
friday 2 november ( / 7:30pm / five fingers for marsielles / acmi (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
saturday 3 november / 1:30pm / Zambezia (feature animation) / venue tbc
saturday 3 november / 4:00pm / Abantu project (documentary) / loop bar and project space
saturday 3 november / 7:00pm / number 37 / loop bar and project space

for FURTHER details, ticketing and trailers, see below.


gala night

Five fingers for marseilles - Dir. Michael matthews

Friday 2 November - 7:30pm

ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders street, melbourne

Twenty years after fleeing from the brutal police aggression in colonial Marseilles, a member of the Five Fingers returns seeking peace, but with the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it, in this thriller from South African filmmaker Michael Matthews.

‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ fuses western influences, from classic to spaghetti and revisionist eras, into a contemporary South African drama played in local tongue by four generations of acclaimed South African stars. The great westerns always contained socio-political threads, and Five Fingers’ loose allegory on today’s South Africa is edge-of-the-seat, and starkly human.

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thursday 1 november - 6:30pm - loop bar & project space ———

The son of a famous street dancer tries to discover the truth about his father's tragic

death 12 years prior. When he joins forces with his father's dance partner, he finds

himself embroiled in a bitter rivalry that pushes him to his limit..

hear me move - dir. scottnes L. Smith

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saturday 3 november - 1:00pm - Abbotsford convent, Melbourne ———

Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon, travels to the bird city of Zambezia and

discovers the truth about his origins.

zambezia - dir. anthony silverston


Saturday 3 november - 6:30pm - Loop bar & project space ———

Entrapped in his apartment, Randal Hendricks, a recent paraplegic, is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam. But he is in financial debt to Emmie, a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful gangster, named Lawyer, commit murder while observing his neighbours through his binoculars, he initiates a dangerous blackmail scheme in an attempt to settle his debt. With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both he and Pam’s lives in mortal danger… as the world around Randal deteriorates further and further into chaos.

number 37 - dir. Nosipho Dumisa


saturday 3 november - 4:00pm - Loop bar & project space ———

During my journey back to Zimbabwe I was inspired to create a documentary film called “Abantu: People of Art”. The purpose behind the ‘Abantu’ (meaning ‘people’ in Zulu/Ndebele language) project is to highlight the lives of young creatives located across Zimbabwe. They discussed their artistry and the struggle of being a young artists in Zimbabwe’s creative industry/scene. Despite; the doubt from their community which creates self doubt and the economic instability, they never lose sight of their vision.

Abantu project - Dir albertina ncube

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Monday 29 october - 7:00pm - loop bar & project space ———

Single mother Anesu's life is turned upside down when her son enters her into a reality TV competition. A refreshing view of contemporary life in Harare, Zimbabwe, told through the lens of a classic romantic comedy.

the cook off - dir joe njagu


Watch all the trailers below