The SAIFF aims to support both emerging and experienced filmmakers.

By creating a breeding place for your work to be reviewed and judged. We provide access to a larger audience through media artistic events.


This will be our first year for the festival showing films from around the world.

Our filmmakers will share their best works in the most dynamic city in the world. Our film screenings will take place once a year. Where both filmmakers and film enthusiasts gather to discover new forms of expressiveness and to exchange thoughts and ideas.

The film competition taking place in May 2018, which will feature the winners of each category .

The SAIFF will announce the Official Selection, the Nominees for every award one month before the festival.

SAIFF promotes films from around the world with 13 awards.  


The Jury

Our jury formed of film professionals will review all submitted films from an independent point of view. Seeking creativity, vision, innovative ideas, powerful messages and attention to details, with the aim of discovering projects with the potential to define the direction of contemporary cinema.

Happy to announce actor Brandon Auret as one of our Judges.

Brandon Auret playing the Villain in Neil Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE

Brandon will be the judge to decide who’s worthy of the BEST ACTOR Award at SAIFF.

We are happy to announce band member Ross  Learmonth from Prime Circle  as one of our Judges for the Best Music Video Award.

Ross Learmonth

The Lead singer of South Africa’s biggest rock band “PRIME CIRCLE”. They’ve been going for over 11 years now, and still raking in the awards as South Africa’s Best Rock Band!

Happy to announce actor Sean Cameron Michael as one of our Judges for the category of BEST SHORT FILM.

Sean Cameron Michael
Sean Cameron Michael

Best known for his roles in BLACK SAILS, BLOOD

Happy to announce another one of our judges and festival director: Ryan Kruger

Ryan Kruger
Actor/Director: Ryan Kruger

Best known for his music videos and conceptual shooting style.

Happy to announce another one of our judges: Actor Joe Vaz for Best Screenwriter.

Joe Vaz
Joe Vaz

Joe has established himself as a locally and internationally recognized actor in both film and television. Best known for his role in “Dredd” and “Death Race2” and “10,000 BC. 

Another great Judge at SA Indie Film Fest: Roy Zetisky as the Judge for Best Cinematographer.

Roy Zetisky
Roy Zetisky

Roy works as a DOP and Film Director, he also teaches at AFDA Film School. He will be the judge for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER.

Happy to announce actor/singer STEVE WALL as one of our Judges for the category of BEST ACTRESS. 

Actor/Singer Steve Wall
Actor/Singer Steve Wall

Known for his role in VIKINGS and the lead singer and songwriter in legendary Irish band The Walls and The Stunning.

Disclaimer and Rights

Rules, Terms, Conditions and Guidelines associated to SAIFF:

By entering or submitting to SAIFF , the participant acknowledges understanding and agrees to all of the following:

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing.

By submitting, the filmmaker allows SAIFF to create a page for their film without infringing copyright of any kind of form. If your film won’t get an Official Selection, the entry fee won’t be refunded.

– The Process –

Winning films will be highlighted and promoted within the platform. Also, being selected for our Screening Event doesn’t prevent you from submitting your film to other festivals as well.

– Rules & Process –

All genres and formats are considered to be eligible for a nomination or to win one or more of these categories.

Great quality is a standard. Films with a poor production standard (lack of sound quality, absence of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD) will not be accepted.

The winners of each category will get our official printable Award Certificate.

The ‘Best Picture’ Winner will be awarded with our SAIFF Trophy and will get automatically selected for the Official Screening Event that will take place in May 2018.

The Best Film will consist in 3 Nominations, while the ’Individual’ awards will have at least 3 nominations per category.

The public will vote for THE AUDIENCE AWARD during the screening event.

SAIFF  WILL NOT be obligated to publish your film on our platform. 

– Announcements –

SAIFF will announce the Official Selection, the Nominees one month before the event date.

SA INDIE FILM FEST proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.