Africa is explored in the Polish festival, AfryKamera, which is calling on local film-makers to submit their work for possible inclusion on the event's programme. The festival runs in Warsaw from 10 to 14 April, and the deadline for submissions is 1 March.

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Local filmmakers have been urged to submit their movies to AfryKamera, the African Film Festival in Poland, which is calling for entries for its 2013 edition.

AfryKamera is the first of its kind in central eastern Europe and is dedicated to African film and film from the African diaspora. The Namibian branch of AfricAvenir is once again a co-operation partner of the festival. AfricAvenir is a non-governmental organisation focused on political education and information dissemination in Africa and in Europe. It was founded in Douala, Cameroon, and there are branches in Berlin, Germany; Windhoek, Namibia; and Cotonou, Benin.

The Polish film fest intends to become a stable and significant part of the nation's festival landscape by creating an important awards event in the central eastern Europe region for African films. It also aims to promote African culture by introducing audiences to the most interesting movies from Africa and the African diaspora and to promote other aspects of the continent's culture by organising adjacent events.

This will be the eighth edition of AfryKamera, and is jointly organised by two NGOs from Poland: Filmgramm Foundation and the Foundation for Somalia. Main screenings will take place in the largest independent art cinema in Warsaw, Kinoteka, located in the city centre in the Palace of Culture. Select movies will be screened in smaller cinemas in up to six other towns.

This year's programme plans to present a special focus on Senegal and the main theme for the event is African World Class.

AfryKamera 2013 will include the following sections:

•Focus: Senegal (short and long features, documentaries);

•AfroSelekta (features and full length documentaries);

•AfroShorts (short films); and

•lobalAfryka (feature films from the African diaspora).

Movies selected for screening will be able to participate in the following awards:

•Zebra – a jury award for the best feature or full-length documentary;

•Gazelle – an audience award for the best feature or full-length documentary;

•Jury Award for Best Short Film – awarded by the jury for the best short film; and

•Audience Award for Best Short Film – awarded by the audience for the best short film.

All movies submitted for inclusion on the programme will be assessed by a selection committee headed by the festival's artistic director, Przemek Stepien. For more information about submission criteria, visit the AfryKamera website or email selection@afrykamera.pl.