Terms and Rules

The categories for submission are

  • (A) Feature films,
  • (B) Short films and student shorts,
  • (C) Documentary films
  • D) Animation films
  • (E) Experimental films
  • (F) Poetry

  • A – General Eligibility
    Unless a special waiver is granted by MOPIFF:

    a) Films must have been produced after January 1, of each previous year.

    b) Preference is given to films, which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa.

    B – Eligibility by Category

    Feature Films: Films must be a work of fiction that equals or exceeds 35 minutes in length and the maximum runtime 150 minutes.

    Short Films and Student Films: Films must be a work of fiction that does not exceed 30 minutes in length.

    Documentary Films: Films must be a work of non-fiction. The minimum runtime length is 35 minutes and the maximum runtime 150 minutes.

    Animation Films: Films must be a work of fiction that does not exceed 120 minutes. For this category

    Selection Committee

    MOPIFF will solely appoint a selection committee to review submitted features, documentaries, animations and short films. The committee will decide on the official selection to enter the categories in competition. MOPIFF will solely appoint a jury including members of the international film community to decide on winners for each of the four categories in competition.


    Entries must be submitted on or before 23rd September 2020. Any submission and/or material received after the deadline will not be accepted.

    Submission of Works in Progress

    It is NOT acceptable to submit a working copy of a film. ‘Work-in-progress’ entries are not allowed. MOPIFF only accepts the final version of films.

    Storage Of Submissions

    MOPIFF retains the right to keep all submissions as well as associated materials for its use. MOPIFF reserves the right to transfer submissions to a master hard drive digital library, building a digital reference archive (“MOPIFF Permanent Digital Library”). MOPIFF will not theatrically screen for commercial purposes any films without the express written consent of the appropriate rights holder(s).

    The Selection Committee will at its own discretion select nominees for each category. ONLY the selected films with official selection notification emails be sent to by October annually. MOPIFF will also advise you of further requirements and next steps in said correspondence. If a film has NOT been selected, the announcement of the final selection will serve as notice. For the avoidance of doubt, MOPIFF shall not comment on the grounds of not selecting a film.

    Additional terms

    For the avoidance of doubt, once a film is selected, the submitter will not be able to withdraw the entry.

    Acknowledgment And Undertaking
    Submission and participation in MOPIFF implies acceptance of the Regulations.

    The submitter hereby represents and warrants that he/she holds all rights in and to the film and Material and that he/she has the authority and capacity to submit the film and Material for MOPIFF.

    The submitter acknowledges that MOPIFF shall not be held liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any loss or damage of whatever type or nature incurred as a result of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or Material. Furthermore, the submitter undertakes to indemnify and keep MOPIFF indemnified against all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, costs, damages or loss arising out of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or Material. The submitter also understands and acknowledges that the MOPIFF Submission Information (Form) and the present Regulations form a consolidated and unified document and that therefore the MOPIFF Submission Form shall be considered as incorporated herein by reference.


    No editorial cuts or changes to any film will be made at any time by MOPIFF for any reason or under any circumstances.

    Anti-Piracy Precautions

    MOPIFF undertakes to take all possible anti-piracy precautions. All prints and associated copyrighted materials will be securely stored while on MOPIFF premises. Access is limited to MOPIFF’s nominated staff only and all movement of prints will be strictly monitored. No duplication or loaning is permitted and no prints will ever leave the custody and care of MOPIFF or its authorized agents during MOPIFF.

    Festival Management’s Discretion

    MOPIFF will decide in its discretion on all issues and matters not foreseen by these Regulations. MOPIFF further retains the right to permit exceptions to the application of these Regulations at any time in its discretion.

    Promotional Material

    All MOPIFF nominated films and award winners undertake to include, in a clear and visible manner, on the Home Video release of their film (i.e. DVD. Blu Ray, online availability…) and on any and all promotional material (including but not limited to posters, banners, EPK’s, websites…) a specific logo to be provided by MOPIFF.


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