Deadline : August 31, 2013

Filmmakers are invited to submit their work for the Gold Lion Film Festival�s sixth-annual celebration of short cinema, to run between October 15 and October 31, 2013. Each year the number of submissions grows as the festival�s reputation expands. Don�t miss out on the opportunity to have your work shown in Africa and be part of the excitement of this special showcase.

All genres of film and video shorts up to 45 minutes
in length are welcome.  (Time length exceptions may be negotiated with the festival director.)  High-quality work is sought (sometimes, a film’s quality is established by a liveliness of story, intensity, or quirkiness of direction that can overcome technical problems), and works of social commitment that illuminate the human condition in all its dramatic, comedic or musical manifestations.  Cinematic innovation and works with a strong directorial point of view are encouraged.  Fiction and non-fiction stories whose makers clearly show their passion for their subjects are sought.

Works competing for festival awards must be completed after January 1 2013.  (Exceptions may be negotiated with festival director.)  Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

2013 Festival Entry Fees To Remain the Same.  Festival organisers had intended to raise entry fees for the Gold Lion’s Nineth Edition in light of rising costs to mount the exhibition and to accommodate an expanding roster of prizes.  However, global economic conditions have also impacted on filmmakers, and it is the festival director’s decision to keep entrance fees this year as they have been.

Early Entries: January 2013 through April 15th 2013.  Fee: US $40
Regular Entries: April 16 through July 15, 2013.  Fee: US $50
Late Entries: July 16 through August 15 2013.  Fee: US $60
Extended Entries: August 16 through August 31 2013.  Fee: US $70

The Golden Leo Award
Best Film of the Festival
The Libhubesi Award
for Best Swazi Filmmaker

Gold Loin Thanks Real Image
Real Image Internet has sponsored the festival web page since 2006, and the Gold Lion Film Festival roars its appreciation for company director Ali Resting and our talented Zimbabwean page layout artists Isaac F. Nchito and Vusi Mbhamali.



Entry Formats

Entries must be submitted on DVD.

EACH ENTRY must be accompanied by:
• Entry Fee if not pre-paid via Withoutabox.  Checks are payable to “The Gold Lion Film Festival.” We cannot process postal money orders from Canada or elsewhere.
• Title of work and name and e-mail of entrant must be on all materials and containers.
• Entries must be postmarked no later than: April 15, 2013 (Early Discount Deadline).   July 15, 2013 (Regular Deadline). August, 15 , 2013 (Late Deadline).  August 31, 2013 (Extended Deadline).

Shipping Instructions
Send to:
The Gold Lion Film Festival
P.O. Box 3564
Manzini, Swaziland

Due to the volume of entries we cannot return DVDs.

Phone: Due to the erratic and expensive nature of telephony in Africa, correspondents
are encouraged to contact the festival via e-mail.


All entries will be carefully processed, but neither the festival organizers, employees nor sponsors can assume responsibility for damage to or loss of materials submitted. The festival may alter awards and screening scheduling if necessary.

The International Film Festival Submission System

GOLD LION FILM FESTIVAL prefers online entries submitted via, which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world.

Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, and press kits.

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