The BAOBAB is a fascinating tree. It reminds us of an old man who has an eye on everything around him; who sees everything; knows everything; and resists all the blows of destiny and nature. In Africa, to say that a man is solid, that he has experience and wisdom, we say that he is a baobab. Therefore, it is only natural that we have chosen this tree, with its special place in the African cosmovision, to be the official symbol of the Quibdó Africa Film Festival. Under the shadow of the Baobab sits the Griot (the storyteller in African traditions). This makes the Baobab "the tree of spoken words", a central place in the social life of the village. It was when we tried to define and put into words the spiritual link between Africa and its diaspora that the idea of the Baobab was born. Mysticism is, for Africans and Afro-descendants, that invisible thread of our faith, the one that will make the borders between us disappear; the wire that allows reality to meet fiction. For African and Afro-descendant filmmakers, the QAFF is a meeting place where Quibdó invites us to rethink our memory and what we want to transmit and leave to future generations.
IDEA AND CONCEPTION
The idea of the Baobab was born from trying to find this link between Africa and its diaspora, something that unites us spiritually. Mysticism is for Africans and Afro-descendants, that invisible thread of our faith, which will eliminate the boundaries between us, where reality meets fiction. For African and Afro-descendant filmmakers, QAFF is a date when QUIBDÓ invites us to rethink our narrative.
The design was made by one of Colombia's most talented artists, Paola Lucumí, Afro-Colombian visual artists, who has given life to this symbol of African culture.
The Baobab has great cultural, social and artistic value. This symbolic tree is a perfect reference for a cinematic narrative.
Grand Baobab Prize for Feature Film
We celebrate stories that weave the richness of African roots and the diaspora through contemporary narratives. The Grand Baobab Prize for Feature Film honors movies that dare to employ Afrodisruptive narrative elements, merging tradition and avant-garde to create cinema that resonates with the pulse of our history and current reality.
Best Director Award
This prestigious award is given to directors who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to cultural authenticity and cinematic language innovation. It is a recognition of those visionaries who, through their unique cinematic language, take us on a journey that challenges and enriches our perception of art and society.
Special Jury Award for Documentary
The Special Jury Award for Documentary highlights works that delve into underexplored topics or untold narratives. We seek documentaries that inform as well as transform, utilizing unique narrative techniques to tell their stories.
Experimental Prize Film Award
The Experimental Prize recognizes works that venture beyond established boundaries, challenging perceptions and encouraging social and cultural dialogue. This accolade is for filmmakers who use their experimental approach as a tool for change and reflection.
Best Animated Film Award
This award is dedicated to animations that capture the imagination through techniques ranging from traditional to innovative, especially those inspired by Afrodisruptive art. It celebrates the movement, color, and narrative that bring Afro cultures to life on the screen.
Best Cinematography Award
With this award, we recognize cinematographers whose work captures the essence and aesthetics of the Afro-diasporic communities. It is a tribute to technical mastery and artistic sensitivity that takes visual storytelling to new heights.
Best Screenplay Award
This award is given to screenplays that tell powerful stories of reconciliation, identity, and cultural memory, resonating powerfully with Afro identities. We seek works that not only tell stories but also pave the way to genuine understanding and representation.
Best Original Score or Music Award
We recognize soundtracks or original compositions that incorporate indigenous or Afro-descendant melodies, weaving a musical link between the past and present. This award celebrates the sounds that are the heart of cinema and connect us to our deepest roots and emotions.
Best Short Film Award
This award is destined for short films that manage to leave an indelible mark on the viewer through compact and thrilling narrative. We value the ability to convey significant stories in a brief format, which often serves as the seed of great ideas in cinema.
Colombian Documentary Award
With this award, we honor documentaries that not only narrate Colombian stories but also push the boundaries of the documentary genre in technique and narrative, raising Colombia's voice in the international scene.
Audience Award for Colombian Short Film
This award is special because it is granted by the audience. We allow our audience to select their favorite Colombian short film through interactive or digital voting, thus celebrating the active participation of our community and its essential role in cinema.
The Arnaldo Palacios " The Stars are Black" Award
This award would be a profound tribute to the legacy of the Colombian writer, focusing on films that illuminate Afro-Colombians. This award would recognize works that tell stories centered on Afro-Colombian experiences, highlighting the diversity and richness of this culture. The award would prioritize social realism in film, seeking films that faithfully represent the living conditions of Afro-Colombians. It would be a celebration of human resilience and strength of character in the face of adversity.
Sudu Connexion is an international sales and distribution company of films from Africa and its Diaspora, based in Pantin, France since 2016.
SECTIONS IN COMPETITION
Filmmakers and producers from around the world are invited to submit their films to the competition in the above-mentioned categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Experimental, as well as other technical and artistic categories.
All the short films entered may be included in the "SUDU Connexion" Competition, composed of thematic programs highlighting the originality and style of the short films, in which they may win the SUDU Award. Producing and making PanAfrican films is one thing, broadcasting them is another. If the films were produced on the margins of the industry, they do not get the visibility they deserve. Passion, transparency and professionnalisme are the three areas of work of Sudu Connexion.
TROPICS MOBILE TV PRIZE
Is an international distribution contents for Mobile from Africa and its Diaspora, based in Paris, France.
Tropics Mobil TV Special Award
The company will provide the winner with ... USD.