2020 UNESCO Immersive Residency for African Female Filmmakers

Deadline: January 10, 2020.

UNESCO is offering a 2-week filmmaking residency (29 March to 12 April 2020) for 10 young African women filmmakers from selected countries in Africa. This film and artist-in-residence workshop will allow for the transnational exchange and sharing of artistic experiences between young African and Japanese filmmakers in a productive creative environment. It will provide artistic guidance and put in place a genuine platform for experimental creation and artistic renewal, and foster collaborations between Africa and Japanese artists, provide international exposure to the work of young women artists, and open new opportunities for artistic creation, production and dissemination.


1. Applicants are emerging women filmmakers, with some film or audio-visual experience, a good command of English.

2. Aged 21-35 from the following countries:

  • Burkina Faso
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • South Africa

Two applicants will be selected in each country by a joint national/UNESCO committee.


1. The Film and artist-in-residence will take place between 29 March and 12 April 2020. Participants will live and work in the beautiful village of Tawara (Nara, Japan), where Naomi Kawase filmed The Mourning Forest, Grand Prix at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

2. The Nara team will provide artistic, technical and logistical assistance. Filming equipment will be put at the disposal of participants.

3. The residency participants will be invited again to screen and present the work completed at the Nara International Film Festival from 18-22 September 2020. They will participate in public discussions, masterclasses and networking sessions with Japanese film industry professionals.


Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Motivation. Why you are interested in participating in this filmmaking residency in Nara, Japan?
  2. Relevance. How do you think this filmmaking residency could help develop your capacities in filming?
  3. Sustainability. How can you use this residency to promote further the role of women in the film sector?



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