URUSARO IWFF is a women’s film festival operating in Rwanda. It celebrates, on a period basis, the place and contribution of a woman in cinema for the benefit of the society and the film industry in particular.

The theme of the 4th edition is “Woman: Pillar of cinema”, and the festival defines a woman as a firm upright support for cinema, that is also considered as a superstructure. By saying “woman”, it is automatically related to “man”, which shows the collaboration between both men and women to support that superstructure. From this perspective, the festival is calling for films submissions.

Submission DEADLINE: Friday 16 August, 2019; 5.00 PM (GMT+2)

Official Selection: Monday 26 August, 2019.

Eligibility instructions:

  • DIRECTED by a female; and a male only if it narrates a story around a woman on a basis of positivity,
  • Not produced before 2017,
  • Be in English OR Subtitled in English,
  • For Pre-selection Purpose, films will be sent via : PRIVATE Vimeo OR PRIVATE YouTube link,
  • Required Video formats: .vob/.mov/.mp4,
  • Resolution: HD 1920x1080pi
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Selected films to be sent via WeTransfer (After official mailing)

Other required documents


To be sent via e-mail ( festival.urusaro@gmail.com )for the catalogue information:

  • Profile picture of the director of the film
  • Soft Film posters

Competitions are the following:

  • National Short Fiction
  • National Documentary
  • East African Short Fiction
  • East African Documentary
  • Africa Short Fiction
  • African Documentary
  • African Feature Fiction

Consider that it’s “One Film per Director”

After submission, filmmakers will be sent a reception confirmation email.

All nominated films will be screened during the festival week (4th to 11th October, 2019).

Winning films will be awarded during the Closing ceremony scheduled on 11th October, 2019.

The festival will not provide screening fees.