2015 Theme: Reels of Hope

This year’s festival in tradition with our past annual festivals has the theme, ‘Reels of Hope.’ The theme resonates with the challenges experienced by slum dwellers as well as artists in informal settlements who tirelessly try to make a living and gain a name out of their art. The theme will seek to showcase films that seek to restore hope and positively inspire slum dwellers. Besides that, the theme will also guide the panel discussion during this year’s festival.
The panel discussions will be based on issues related to film and how it can be harnessed to positively impact communities. The theme will be used as the baseline for the filmmaker workshops to be conducted during the festival. Filmmakers will be tasked with creating a film that resonates positively with slum stories as well positively impacts slum dwellers. The filmmakers will seek to portray the power of film as tool of driving social change and impacting lives positively.

Opening Ceremony : 23rd August 2015 Michael Joseph Centre


For the first time in the history of SFF the opening ceremony was conducted in the slums. This happened on the 24th of August 2015 at the Austin Grounds in Mathare.

Unveiling of the nominees for the Winners of the Awards in the various categories was the main purpose of the event. The event proved very successful as an evening of edutainment to the community of Mathare and SFF partners.

In addition to attendance by a big audience from the slums, SFF 5th Edition nominees, key representatives from World Friends, Spanish Embassy, the Belgian Embassy, national and International organizations were present. Many film makers and cultural operators and a battalion of international media also attended.

The guest of honor was Mr. Raphael Obonyo who is a youth advocate at the national, regional and international levels. Mr. Obonyo is the external adviser, UN Habitat’s Youth Advisory Board, and Africa’s representative in the World Bank’s Global Coordination Board on Youth and Anti-Corruption.

Call for Entries: 19th February – 30th June 2015

Call for entries is the first activity on the festival program. The call of entries entails inviting filmmakers from cross the universe to submit their films to the annual Slum Film Festival. The call for entries is normally divided into two categories. The two categories are:

  • Competitive
  • Non-Competitive

The competitive film categories of SFF represent the main tendencies of audio-­‐visual production in the slums. As it can be observed, short formats are the most common creations in the slums, which can be seen as optimal starting points for larger and more developed projects in the future. SFF also invites submissions for non-­‐competitive entries. Such entries will be considered for screenings during the festival period. The films will however not be considered for any award.

SFF will keep its tradition of short films, however for this year’s entries SFF will consider any shorts that is not more than 30 minutes long.
Download Call for entry 2015 form