9th Ugu Film Festival Call for Entry Submission


The organizers of the annual Ugu Film Festival are pleased to announce the call for

submission of entry for the 9th edition of the Ugu Film Festival​. Submissions are open from

today the 15th of February 2021 and will close on the 25th of May 2021. Ugu Film Festival

is an annual event that aims to empower filmmakers from underprivileged areas and equip them with the skill and knowledge from all over the world.


“Last year we had a successful virtual festival which was supported by the EDTEA, Ugu

South Coast Tourism, RNM Mayor, KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, and various

facilitators who imparted their skills and shared what their respective organisations can

offer to filmmakers. Organisations including Bondit Media Capital, The Writers Project Film

Fund, Buffalo 8 Studios opened their doors to assist in ensuring that film activity in the Ugu

region continues to thrive,” says Mr. Senzo Zindela, Ugu Film Festival Founder and Director.

This year, the festival will have various countries represented by industry experts who will

share expertise and different aspects of filmmaking and funding. “It is our pleasure to

invite films from emerging, aspiring and experienced filmmakers from all over the world as

we would be honoured to have diverse films as part of the 9th edition of our festival. We

see this edition as the breakthrough opportunity to introduce films to our audience, various

distributors and financiers worldwide, furthermore it will be a chance to network and

create co-productions,” adds Mr. Zindela.


Due to the 4th Industrial Revolution and new normal brought to our attention by COVID 19

pandemic, UGUFF 2021 is accepting digital submissions. Films can be sent through to the

festival through all forms of media digital platforms such as Vimeo, YouTube etc. All

submissions must be emailed to ​​ ​before the 25th of May 2021.


UGUFF has migrated to a fully-fledged digital environment by creating a secured, private

and confidential digital meeting platform in which all workshops, screenings and

discussions will be held. Our digital platform,​, has been designed to

conveniently deliver the highest experience for all attendants and filmmakers.


All enquiries can be sent to ​​.

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