Urusaro International Women Film Festival Rwanda: Film Submissions Now Open



Founded in 2015 by a group of Rwandan women filmmakers, the URUSARO International Women Film Festival is an annual celebration and cultural exhibition that promotes a woman in cinema for the benefit of the society and gender equality.

The 2019 edition that will take place between October 4th – 11th under the theme: “Woman: Pillar of Cinema,” is now accepting film submissions for the festival.

All nominated films will be screened during the festival week (4th to 11th October, 2019).
Winning films will be awarded during the Closing ceremony scheduled on 11th October, 2019. The Award categories for 2019 are:

  • National Short Fiction
  • National Documentary
  • East African Short Fiction
  • East African Documentary
  • Africa Short Fiction
  • African Documentary
  • African Feature Fiction 

For the 2019 edition, the Urusaro Festival boldly defines woman as “a firm upright support for cinema.” What if the contribution of women lacks in making films? Will cinema survive once women are taken apart? Will cinema stay be a superstructure once women are excluded? Those are some of the key questions the URUSARO IWFF tries to answer in a most practical way.


During the festival guests can enjoy film screening of films in competition and panorama sections, Additionally, a “Let’s Make Docs!” training program, master-classes and panel discussions will round out the festival program.

The Urusaro International Women’s Film Festival is a part of the Women’s Film Festival Network created by The Ladima Foundation as party of its support of women in the film industry across Africa. This network also includes The Udada International Women’s Film Festival in Nairobi, The International Women’s Film Festival Contonou in Benin, and Uganda’s Celebrating Womanhood / Native Voices Festival. For more information click here.


Submission details for Urusaro are as follows:

Submission deadline: Friday 16 August, 2019; 5.00 PM (GMT+2).

Official Selection: Monday 26 August, 2019.


Eligibility instructions:

• Directed by a woman; and a man only if it narrates a story around a woman on a basis of positivity,
• Not produced before 2017,
• Be in English OR Subtitled in English,
• For Pre-selection purpose, films will be sent via: PRIVATE Vimeo OR PRIVATE YouTube link
• Required Video formats: .vob/.mov/.mp4
• Resolution: HD 1920x1080pi
• Aspect Ratio 16:9
• Selected films to be sent via WeTransfer (After official mailing)


To apply please follow the link and all relevant instructions click HERE.

For more information visit Cine Femmes Rwanda or on Facebook @UrusaroIWFF.
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