We have been quiet lately due to a good reason... we have been quite busy! But never too busy to keep you all informed with the progress of the festival and the exciting projects we have undertaken.

With the dedication and relentless effort of the wonderful TAFF Ambassadors, we have been able to schedule and execute free film workshop in each country that our ambassadors represent; giving the underserved aspiring filmmaker an opportunity to be exposed to at least the fundamentals of filmmaking - be it in acting, directing, scriptwriting, or cinematography.

Following the schedule that we mapped out and posted on our website, the workshop started in Dallas, Texas a month after the last festival. Since then we have successfully completed workshops in Lagos, Nigeria; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Nairobi, Kenya; Queensland, Australia; and Soweto, South Africa. Planning for our next workshops in Zambia and Central African Republic are currently in works. We commend all our ambassadors for their selfless, excellent service to mankind.

Please get to know our ambassadors from our about page:



TAFF is growing rapidly and positively within a short period of time. Apart from executing film workshops in various countries, we will launch African Women Arts & Film Festival (AWAFFEST) - a sister festival to TAFF and a platform to appreciate arts and stories of African women; to celebrate female film practitioners; and to empower aspiring artists. AWAFFEST will be inaugurated on March 29th, 2019 in Tanzania to commemorate International Women’s Month.



Film submissions started on October 1st and will end on January 15th, 2019. The best films that meet the selection criteria will be entered into jury competition. And as usual, awards will be given to the winning films and filmmakers during the Closing/Awards night. Submission is through FilmFreeway.

In addition to non competing individual awards to recognize some of the very best in the industry; TAFF Award categories include:

  • Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Young Talent
  • Best Emerging Filmmaker
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Original Soundtrack
  • Best Poster
  • Best Trailer
  • Best Costume
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Indigenous Film
  • Best Series
  • Best Comedy Film




TAFF welcomes sponsors. An effort such as this is not without strong collaborators and supporters who share our vision. Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor. TAFF welcomes volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of The Festival and volunteering comes with many privileges, including ALL ACCESS PASS to all our events. Volunteers have opportunities to help shape the event, making it a memorable experience for our filmmakers and attendees. In exchange for your time, you are given the opportunity to attend ALL Festival events, including After Parties and Behind the Scene activities.


With our vision to create free film workshops across various countries; Tanzanian TAFF Ambassador, Yvonne Cherrie Monalisa, developed 'Act with Monalisa' to mentor and support fifty young Tanzanian women with acting career guidance and to provide a platform to help them showcase their talents.


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TAFF is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that focuses on films addressing Social, Economic, Ethnic, Political, Religious, or Health issues that affect Africa.