Interested in joining the Scripting and Directing Masterclass workshop? Register now to join us at the Sovereign Hotel, Kisumu on 9th & 10th November 2017 during the LIPFFestival.
The workshop will be conducted by Notable experienced Film Makers.

To participate in the workshop, one should register by sending their details on WHATSAPP to mobile number +254-736035417 by 3rd November 2017.

Training is free but one MUST Register to participate.

Details Needed:

  1. Name,
  2. Age,
  3. Why you would like to participate in the workshop.

One may include the title of film they have worked on or links to their previous works.



Below is the list of the LIPFF 2017 NOMINEES.

The nominated films are FINALISTS in the 2nd Lake International PanAfrican Film Festival (LIPFF). This means that they could be possible winners of an award in the specified category.

The LIPFF Festival will be taking place in Kisumu and environs from the 9th – 11th of November 2017. All Nominees will receive a Certificate and the Winner will receive a trophy Award in a glamorous Gala Ceremony attended by many filmmakers, stakeholders and private sector influencers in Kenya and beyond.

Activities will include film screenings, a workshop and panel discussions during the Festival. (Programme will be availed by Friday 20th October 2017).

Congratulations to all the Nominees. We are looking forward to meeting you.

LIPFF 2017 LIST OF NOMINEES (in no particular order)

  1. Best Feature Film

Trail of Misery                   (Kenya)

Hakkunde                           (Nigeria)

Breaking with the Customs          (Uganda)

Kizingo                                  (Kenya)

Gringo                                  (Zimbabwe)


  1. Best Short Film

Pendo                   (Kenya)

Virgin Vegan      (South African)

In my father’s village      (Zimbabwe)

H2O                       (Cameroon)

Zilizala                   (Kenya)


  1. Best Kenyan Film

Trail of Misery






  1. Best Documentary

Being Someone                                (Mozambique)

The battle of Arnold Farm            (Zimbabwe)

Macoconi  (The Roots of our Children)   (Mozambique)

Another Sunny Day                         (Namibia)

Cash my Cart                                      (Uganda)


  1. Best Animation Film

Group Foto         (Nigeria)

Crush                    (Nigeria)

Tejumade           (Nigeria)

Dawn of Thunder             (Nigeria)

Both Saved                         (Nigeria)


  1. Best Director

Simiyu Barasa – Kizingo  (Kenya)

Daudi Anguka – Zilizala     (Kenya)

T.West Ttabu Wasswa S. – Breaking with the Customs (Uganda)

Reabetswe Moeti – The Virgin Vegan  (South Africa)


  1. Best Cinematography

Zilizala                   (Kenya)

Macoconi            (Mozambique)

The Virgin Vegan              (South Africa)


  1. Best Scriptwriter (Kenyan Award)

Simiyu Barasa – Kizingo  (Kenya)

Gitonga Mwangi – Trail of Misery              (Kenya)

Mwongeli Mutiso – Pendo          (Kenya)


  1. Best Score and Sound Design

H2O                                                       (Cameroon)

In my Father’s Village                     (Zimbabwe)

Adama from Tengrela                    (Burkina Fasso)


  1. Best Editing

Pendo                   (Kenya)

Macoconi            (Kenya)

Breaking with Customs  (Uganda)



  1. Best Production Design

Zilizala                                       (Kenyan)

Breaking with Customs  (Uganda)

In my Father’s Village        (Zimbabwe)



  1. Best Actor (Kenyan Award)

Julian Mwanzele Tindo as Mwakazi in Kizingo (Kenya)

George Kituto as Samba in Zilizala (Kenya)

Gilbert Lukalia as Fred in Kidnapped        (Kenya)

Lazarus Boora as Gringo in Gringo Troublemaker (Zimbabwe)

T.West Ttabu Wasswa Stephen as Mpaka in Breaking with Customs (Uganda)


  1. Best Actress (Kenyan Award)

Pretty Mutave as Mama Jonnie in Kizingo (Kenya)

Azmina Wanjiru Peninah as Fatima Sultan in Trail of Misery          (Kenya)

Queen Motlatle as Aunty in The Virgin Vegan (South Africa)

Jacky Kaboi as Nimo in Hatika Ini (Kenya)

Nalukwago Mariam as Nattu in Breaking with the Customs (Uganda)


  1. Best Film in Dholuo Language

Seredo                 (Kenya)

Abednego           (Kenya)


  1. Best Film on Theme of Social Change

Ruvimbo’s Wedding (Zimbabwe)

Through her Eyes    (Nigeria)

Being Someone        (Mozambique)


  1. Jury’s Award

Grouf Poto         (Nigeria)


  1. Heroes Award

Call for entries 2017 LIPFF Poster


Call for Entries deadline 10th September 2017. To upload your film go to


a.) Films in any African languages with English subtitles.
b.) Films made in Africa by Africans.
c.) Films in francophone, Amharic, Arabic and Kiswahili from African Countries.


Any films that do not meet the following requirements will be automatically disqualified. The entry requirements have been revised to increase eligibility. kindly adhere.
1. All films should fit the eligibility criteria as stated in the introduction SECTION.
2. Short and feature films both accepted. (Shorts should be between 3-40minutes. Features should be more than 41 minutes.
3. Documentaries and Animation accepted. (TV Series not accepted.)
4. All films MUST therefore have English translation subtitles.
5. Every producer/director/group/company is only allowed a maximum of two film entries.
6. All films to be submitted in HD Quality in both Mp4 and movie file. Hard copies should be in a flash disk on quality not less than (720pp x 1080pp). All films should be submitted with a trailer of 15 seconds together with the film. For online submissions, kindly check rules 10, 11 and 12 below.
7. All films must be submitted before the deadlines of 10th September 2017
8. All entries should be original works of the persons submitting. And must be classified appropriately by the classifying body from the country of origin. The LIPFF Festival Committee and Organizers will not be accountable for any copyright infringements.
9. The producers should ensure they have copyright agreement for any songs/music/sounds used in the film with the owners/producers/creators/authorities of the songs/music/sounds.
10. All entries to be submitted with a duly signed submission form which you can download from this website. Click the link LIPFF FILM SUBMISSION FORM to download.
11. For submissions made through FilmFreeway, you may download the form from the website, fill it and upload it on FilmFreeway as a screenplay for your films.
12. If you cannot download the form or have any questions kindly send us an email to:

All films should grant permission to be downloadable. Semi finalists will not be contacted for download permission for purposes of public screenings. Kisumu doesn’t have very liable data connection to allow for live streaming.
Kindly visit the website for more details.