Submit Your Film

After the success of Lilongwe Shorts London in March, Malawi’s international short film festival returns to Lilongwe on 31 August, with events planned for Zomba and Blantyre later in 2018. While submissions for the Lilongwe festival have now closed, we’re still accepting short film entries for the Zomba and Blantyre events.

The easiest way to enter your film for consideration is to email us a link to where your film can be streamed online. We prefer to watch films on Vimeo (remember to send us the video’s password if there’s a privacy setting on), but we are also accepting films on other video-sharing platforms such as YouTube. Send the link to your film to this email address: If we think your film could fit into our programme, we’ll be in touch about the best way to get a high-quality version for screening.

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Zomba / Blantyre eligibility: any film under 20 minutes in length, with any dialogue or subtitles in English or Chichewa.

Our free London event took place at Empire Cinemas in Walthamstow on Saturday 10 March.

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Lilongwe Shorts returns to the Malawi’s capital on Friday 31 August, from 7pm at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

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Details of our Zomba, and Blantyre events will be announced shortly.

Lilongwe Shorts is an international short film festival in Malawi presented by the Film Association of Malawi (FAMA) and Lake of Stars. The first two-day event took place in May 2015 at Crossroads Hotel, featuring over eighty short films, live performances, Q&As with filmmakers, workshops, exhibitions, an awards ceremony, and a morning of Lilongwe Tots – short films for children. Lilongwe Tots returned in 2016 for the Children’s Future Festival at Sunbird Capital Hotel, and in January 2017 Lilongwe Shorts came to the Kamuzu Institute for Youth and Sports for Malawi’s inaugural Festival of Ideas. 2018 sees Lilongwe Shorts expanding, with events in London, Lilongwe, and Zomba.