9th Annual


October 15, 2013 to October 31, 2013

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Gold Lion Film Festival accepts ALL genres and niches - we encourage films of all sorts to be submitted!


THE GOLD LION FILM FESTIVAL presents the latest accomplishments in short films and videos from Europe, North America, Africa and elsewhere in the world. All genres of shorts subjects are presented.

The aim of the festival is to overcome the limitations of commercial film distribution in the region and to introduce the short cinema works of innovative filmmakers to a new audience.


Now in its ninth edition (2013), Swaziland's first film festival was launched in 2005 in response to the closing of the country's last movie theatre. Subsequently, the Gold Lion has become a magnet for filmmakers of short cinema throughout the world who wish to have their work shown in Africa, but prior to the festival lacked a venue to do so here. Commitment to filmmakers and filmmaking has enabled the Gold Lion to become Africa's foremost short film festival. With screenings now held in South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique and Lesotho -- truly a multinational event -- the Gold Lion has gained a worldwide recognition amongst other film festivals, film schools and independent movie makers. The festival now functions to bring the best of current short cinema to Africa, and as a conduit to export new African short cinema to the world.

The Gold Lion Film Festival offers to its African audiences the art and imaginative cinematic pleasures that independent filmmakers produce worldwide, but which is unseen in commercial movie theatres regionally. In addition to the festival itself in October, special screenings are held throughout the year, including educational programs in rural areas and for underprivileged audiences who have never been to the movies before. In December 2009 the festival held its first workshop to train African filmmakers in the field of short cinema production.

The festival's production wing, Gold Lion Films, supports the festival financially by producing films for such clients as Swaziland's government ministries, UNAIDS, the World Food Programme, UNICEF and private corporations working in Africa.


James Hall (Festival Director); James Hall (Festival Director)


All genres of film and video shorts up to 45 minutes in length are welcome. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the festival director. Entertaining work is sought, 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 must be completed after January 1, 2012. Exceptions are granted and may be requested from the festival director. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.


Applicants understand that 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 reserves the right to alter the awards or scheduling should conditions require. Applicants will notify festival if screener copy cannot be used for exhibition.