The Sauti za Busara music festival is now accepting submissions for the 2013 African Music Film Programme. The 10th edition of this popular annual event is set to take place from 14 to 17 February 2013 in the historic Old Fort, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Freedy Massamba

 Freedy Massamba performing at the 2012 edition of Sauti za Busara.

The festival is looking for a variety of stimulating and entertaining feature-length films and shorts from around Africa. These can be music clips, recorded concerts, music documentaries or more experimental films. The best films will be selected for screening at the festival.

The organisers are specifically looking for:

  • films telling a story about music or musicians from the African continent and diaspora
  • films representing the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond
  • music films of interest to local, regional and international audiences
  • films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa
  • films including new and unheard of sounds, as well as established artists
  • foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English

Application forms and more information are available on the Sauti za Busara website. The deadline for applications is 16th November 2012.

Applications can only be considered if the organisers have received a completed application including two DVD copies of the film before 16 November 2012. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee decision by email during December.

Sauti za Busara is the annual music event in East Africa, widely known as the “friendliest festival on the planet”. The next edition in February 2013 will feature 200 musicians: more than 20 groups from East Africa and beyond, acoustic and electric, upcoming and established – all performing live.

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