CANEX SHORTS: Afreximbank Announces Short Film Competition & Screenings

African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank), through its Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) programme is excited to announce the second edition of the vibrant short film competition and screening initiative, CANEX Shorts.

CANEX Shorts is a competition designed to recognize and celebrate the talents of young filmmakers. Winners will receive acknowledgment for their outstanding work and will also have the opportunity to attend and be featured at CANEX WKND 2024, which will be held in Algiers, Algeria, from October 16 to 19, 2024. Additionally, they will also have a chance to connect with potential investors and other partners at what has now become the largest gathering of creatives on the continent.

Filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 35 are welcome to submit their films, not exceeding 5 minutes, via Filmfreeway, to be considered for selection. A selection of films, curated by the selection committee, will be sent to the jury who will then select a short list of 9 films that will be screened during CANEX WKND 2024. From the short list, 3 winners – one in each category will be selected:

  • Best Feature
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Animation

Selection Criteria

  • The competition is open to Africans living on the continent, in the diaspora and the Caribbean
  • Films must be no longer than 5 minutes in length
  • The filmmaker must be between the ages of 18 – 35
  • The filmmaker must own all rights
  • Films can be in any language but those not in English, must be subtitled in English
  • A digital link to the film must be provided in the submission
  • Only one film per filmmaker
  • Selected filmmakers will be required to sign a release / rights agreement
  • Entrants must have a bank account where they can receive international payments
  • Films should have been made in or after 2023

The theme of the second edition of CANEX WKND is ‘One People, United in Culture, Creating for the World.’ Attendees will include creatives, policy makers, financial institutions, business and political leaders, development partners, thought leaders and the most powerful and respected names in the Creative and Cultural Industries from across the continent and the diaspora.

This event will provide a unique platform for facilitating business, investment, collaboration, partnerships and inspiration amongst creatives across the value chain of diverse creative and cultural industry sectors from film, music, and fashion to culinary arts, sports, and visual arts amongst others.

To enter, please visit Filmfreeway:

To register to attend CANEX WKND for free:

For more information:
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Given the relevance and opportunities provided by the creative economy as a key driver for development and job creation, Afreximbank has developed the Creative Africa Nexus programme to facilitate the development and growth of the creative and cultural industries in Africa and the diaspora. The initiative provides a range of financing and non-financing instruments /interventions aimed at supporting and developing Africa’s production, trade, and investment in the creative sector.

The key strategic objectives under the CANEX Programme include:

  • Increasing Africa’s share of global cultural trade flows through trade and investment promotion activities
  • Deploying specialized financial products to support the CCI ecosystem
  • Facilitating technical capacity programs that enable export grade production
  • Facilitating market access to high value demand hubs (through partnerships)
  • Advocating for harmonized regulatory reform especially in relation to IP rights and incentives

About Afreximbank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance, facilitate and promote intra and extra-African trade. For over 30 years, the Bank has been deploying innovative instruments to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa. A stalwart supporter of the AfCFTA, Afreximbank has in partnership with the African Union Commission and AFCFTA Secretariat launched a Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) that was adopted by the African Union (AU) as the payment and settlement platform to underpin the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement. The AFCFTA Secretariat and the Bank have created a USD 10 billion Adjustment Fund to support countries to effectively participate in the AfCFTA.

At the end of December 2023, Afreximbank’s total assets and guarantees stood at US$ 37.3 billion, and its shareholder funds amounted to US$ 6.1 billion. The Bank disbursed more than US$ 104 billion between 2016 and 2023 through various interventions for the advancement of the continent. Afreximbank has investment grade ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A), Moody’s (Baa1), Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) (A-) and Fitch (BBB). Afreximbank has evolved into a group entity comprising the Bank, its impact fund subsidiary called the Fund for Export Development Africa (FEDA), and its insurance management subsidiary, AfrexInsure, (together, “the Group”).

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