Lovers of African films and works from other continents have a date with many new movies this November as the African International Film Festival is set to unveil a harvest of such.
It will screen the films at the sixth edition holding in Lagos between November 13 and 20.
The programme of the event that will also feature film screenings, industry sessions and master classes was unveiled at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos on Friday, with its founder and Executive Director, Chioma Ude, saying it would be bigger than previous editions.
According to Ude, over 100 films will be screened at the newly opened FilmOne-IMAX and Genesis Duluxe Cinema, both in Lekki, Lagos.
While Nate Parker’s Oscar hopeful, The Birth of a Nation, will open the festival, Izu Ojukwu’s film on the first Nigerian military coup, ’76, will close it.
The founder adds that festival guests are up for the best of times, as all the films in the official line-up are products of the new narratives for African cinema and Black films world over.
Some of the other movies for screening are 93 Days by Steve Gukas; The CEO by Kunle Afolayan; Vaya (South Africa) by Akin Omotoso; The Cursed Ones (U.K) by Nana Obiri; The Wedding Ring ( Niger) by Rahmatou Keita; Kati Kati (Kenya) by Mbithi Masya; If Tomorrow Never Comes (Ghana) by Pascal Amanfo; and Remember Me by Izu Ojukwu.
Ude stressed that the festival would focus on skill acquisition, financing, pitching, symposia on alternative revenue streams and piracy.
Ude noted that one of the core objectives was talent development where AFRIFF had been engaging with its partners in creating opportunities for young people to explore filmmaking.
“Among our Shorts programme are films made by young people, selected from last year’s training and talent development programmes,” she said.
She noted that Canon Europe Ltd, providers of digital cameras, and beverage company, Diageo Nigeria, had joined the list of partners and developmental agencies like the Ford Foundation, the British Institute, Lagos State, Africa Magic, MultiChoice Nigeria, Access Bank, Bank of Industry, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Afrinolly, African Film Consortium, FilmOne-IMAX and Genesis Duluxe Cinemas, as sponsors or supporters.
The Managing Director of CCNA, Roman Troedthandl, said, “It is incredible to see how far AFRIFF has come in the past six years in terms of receiving acknowledgement within the international film industry. We are looking forward to this year’s festival and the world class cinema that will be screened.”
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