31 January 2021

The Realness African Screenwriters Residency


The Realness African Screenwriters Residency is an incubator for African screenwriters.

It provides residents with the practical support needed to refine their projects from a creative perspective, as well as to position their projects to industry partners for potential financing and production.

The residency acts as a year-round support system to alumni, helping them take their scripts from the page to the screen, and fostering a new wave of authentic African cinema in the process.

More info here




31 January 2021

Episodic Lab Open Call for Screenwriters

South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya

Episodic Lab will focus on developing pitch documents with selected writers for series content of all genres. 

6 writers will spend 3 months in an online ‘writers room’ format. They will work with a script consultant and a creative producer to fully develop their story concepts into an episodic pitch. Along with creative training, writers will receive feedback from NETFLIX’s series development team. 

Selected writers will receive a stipend of $2000 per month to dedicate 3 months to cover their living expenses as they develop their ideas. 

At the end of the lab, selected writers will have the opportunity to pitch to NETFLIX and  have their series developed for production. 

More info here



7 February 2021

CAP Prize 2021 | Contemporary African Photography Prize


The call for entries to the CAP Prize 2021 is open from 7 November 2020 until 7 February 2021. Prepare your work that engages with the African continent or its diaspora now and win a series of large scale outdoor exhibitions around the globe. A panel of international curators, publishers, editors and artists will review your work. 25 artists will be shortlisted and five shortlisted artists awarded with the CAP Prize 2021. The winners will be announced at Photo Basel International Art Fair in June 2021.

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8 February 2021

Creativity & Cognition - Call for Virtual Artworks
Cities of the future: living together


The C&C21 Arts Exhibition will explore ways in which citizens can engage in new cross-disciplinary forms of creative engagement with the major challenges that cities face. A profound act of imagination is needed to envision viable alternatives to the status quo.

The art exhibition will present artworks that manifest the conference themes of creativity, craft and design, applied to cities of the future to reflect the conference location.

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15 February 2021

ANF Emerging Artists Fellows Program 2021/22



Africa No Filter is seeking exceptional emerging artists for a 12-month remote fellowship. Fellows will be expected to develop and deliver a project which demonstrates and/or explores how art and creativity can be used to challenge harmful narratives about Africa and present contemporary, accurate narratives.

The Arts Fellows Programme will provide 12 exceptional creative practitioners from across the continent with mentorship, peer to peer skills sharing and new networks through monthly fellow-led seminars throughout the year.


Fellows are also supported with a $5000 grant to assist in executing the proposed project, documenting findings and establishing new creative methodologies that can be presented and taught to a wider audience.

More Info here




17 February 2021

LensCulture Portrait Awards


The 8th annual LensCulture Portrait Awards aim to discover and reward more than 35 photographers around the globe who are making exceptional photographic portraits.


These awards are open to photographers at all levels of experience, and all genres of portraiture are welcome — from professional studio shoots, to detailed environmental portraits, to casual candids. They're open to all types of artistic approaches, including staged, fiction, fashion, metaphoric, self-portrait and conceptual work.


Winners will enjoy career-changing opportunities including exhibition in New York, extensive media coverage, cash prizes and more.

More info here



12 March 2021

BBW International Poetry Prize


Global is inviting unpublished poetry on the theme of black identity. Entrants are encouraged to interpret these themes with imagination. Poets must be over 18, identify as Black and can be from anywhere across the globe.


All short and Long listed poems will be published in a Poetry Anthology and prizes will be awarded by a panel of BBW editors.


This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on the theme of Black Identity, in any style, up to 50 lines long.

More info here



Submit from 1 June to 12 June 2021

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery 2021 Portrait Award Competition

South Africa


The Portrait Award competition, similar to its UK counterpart, awards the first prize 

R150 000 for the best portrait. The second prize, R 30 000 and R 20 000 for the third prize. This biennial competition is open to all resident South African artists, 18 years and older, and aims to increase public awareness and appreciation for the art of portraiture, as well as give South African artists an opportunity for further exposure.

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Innovate Grant is a new initiative that supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. Innovate Grant distributes (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Grant cycles are seasonal.

Winners will be featured on their website and will receive a one time unrestricted grant. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. 


More info here



Regular: 10 February 2021

Late: 1 March 2021



Mobile Film Festival Open Call


Professional and amateur filmmakers can submit their works to compete in the Mobile Filmmaker's International Festival, organized with the support of Moskino, is part of the Mobile Filmmaker project.

Films must be from 1 to 60 minutes long. Entries not in English must include English subtitles. There are three categories: feature, documentary and musical films.

The winners in each category will receive prizes. The award ceremony will take place April 11, 2021, in Moscow.

The entry fee ranges from US$4 to US$100. Apply early to receive a discount.

More info here



International Journalist's Network (IJNet) - Global

IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide.

Miscellaneous Journalism Opportunities throughout the year

International Women's Media Foundation IWMF - Global 

The IWMF works to unleash the power of female journalists to transform the global news media. Their fellows and grantees — both freelance and staff journalists — become experts in reporting in under-served regions, generate must-read stories, align with top outlets, and bring critical issues affecting women and others to light.

Awards and Programs

Global Investigative Journalism Network GIJN - Global 

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—with special attention to those from repressive regimes and marginalized communities.

Funding and Grants for Africa





FotoRoom - Global

FotoRoom is an online space showcasing works of contemporary photography ranging in genre, theme and style, and made by artists from all over the globe.

International Photography Awards (list)

Photography Grants, Funds and Fellowships (list)

International Photography Festivals (list)

Photo Contest Guru - Global

An online portal of photography contests, funding, grants and awards.

Grants and funding

Photography Competitions

LensCulture - Global

LensCulture is one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching resources for discovering contemporary photography talent around the world.

Miscellaneous Awards and Competitions throughout the year





On The Move: Cultural Mobility Information Network - Global

A cultural mobility information network with members in over 20 countries across Europe and internationally. Their mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation.

VANSA (Visual Arts Network of South Africa)

An industry organisation supporting the development of the visual arts sector.

African Writers Trust - Africa

The African Writers Trust is a body that aims to bridge the divide between African writers and publishing professionals living in the diaspora and on the continent, bringing them together in order to promote synergies and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. - South Africa 

The site is intended both as a resource for working journalists in Southern Africa and a teaching tool for the (Wits) university programme. It also allows media companies to find new talent, to promote services, award programmes, training or events in a multitude of ways. 

FilmDaily.TV - Global

A source for film and documentary grants, production budgets, templates and online courses. 

Film Grants Africa 2020



Opportunities Include: grants, funding, jobs, fellowships etc.


Opportunities For YouthGlobal

Empowering youth through access to information and opportunities.

Opportunities for Africans - Africa

Connecting Africans to the latest life changing opportunities

Opportunity Desk - Global

The largest platform for international opportunities

Opportunities Forum - Global

A forum where various opportunities like education, jobs and entrepreneurial ideas are shared for the benefit of diverse cultures.

OYA Opportunities - Global

Bringing all the opportunities from all over the world in one platform, making it easy to find your dream opportunity.

Funding Opportunities - Global

Making Opportunities accessible to organizations and individuals

Prince Claus Fund - Select Regions

The Prince Claus Fund stimulates the freedom of cultural expression worldwide

Arts and Culture Trust - South Africa

South Africa's premier independent arts and culture funding development agency. Pro-active agents of change in the creative economy. 

National Arts Council (NAC) - South Africa

The vision of the NAC is to promote through the arts, the free expression of South African cultures. 

British Council SSA Arts - UK and Sub-Saharan Africa

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 

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