KOSINIMA Short Film Grant For Black Women Filmmakers


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KOSINIMA, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports Black creatives through funding and community initiatives. “KOSINIMA Short Film Grant” is a grant fund for woman-identifying and non-binary Black filmmakers in Africa and the African diaspora. The KOSINIMA Short Film Grant funds up to $2,500.00 USD for up to 4. First or second-time filmmakers in Africa or the African diaspora (includes Europe, United States, Caribbean, and Latin America) per calendar year.

The grant can be used for production (i.e. hiring of crew, securing locations, paying talent) and/or post-production of films only (no development or pre-production expenses) that meet the following criteria, as outlined below: 

Short films: 

  • 15 minutes or under.
  • Have a woman or non-binary person in one or all of the following roles: Director, Producer, Writer.

Have themes of identity and/or community:

  • Documentary or Narrative. 
  • Any genre.
  • Any language, but subtitled in English.

Applicants: 

  • 1st or 2nd-time filmmakers having never directed a feature.
  • Identify as Black from the African continent or African diaspora. 
  • 18 and over.

Click HERE To Apply Now!

KOSINIMA, Inc. is a non-profit organization with 501c3 status. Oluwaseun Babalola, who is from Sierra Leone and Nigeria by way of New York City, founded the nonprofit to build community between Black filmmakers across the globe. Using her experiences as a director and producer in several different countries, Oluwaseun sought out to create a more connected and collaborative environment within the entertainment industry.

Oluwaseun Babalola’s professional work aims to celebrate Black identity using film, television, and digital media. Also, build sustainable outlets and funding for Black media professionals. Oluwaseun has worked as a producer on television series such as the Emmy-nominated United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN), Africa Everywhere (The Africa Channel), Streets of Dreams (CNBC), and the feature documentaries, Trichster, Picture A Scientist (PBS, Netflix), and Frederick Douglass In Five Speeches (HBO).

She is founder and executive director of KOSINIMA,Inc., a non-profit organization created to support emerging Black/African creatives with funding and career-building resources. This includes creating SOJU, a media platform that uses film and photography to celebrate African youth culture, and directing ṢOJU, a multi-season docuseries of the same name.

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