The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is Africa’s most vibrant film festival experience. Founded in by Chioma Ude in 2010, it showcases the best film content that Africa has to offer yearly. As a result, it is a celebration of cinema/film making talent from Africa and the diaspora.
AFRIFF is generally themed around African films , filmmakers and African cinematic impulses making the rounds in the international film circuit in categories such as feature, shorts, student shorts , documentary and animation.
This year was its 9th edition and the theme was Sheroes.
” We are proud to theme this years’s festival as one dedicated to SHEROES, those who enable us to dream and to celebrate story telling which challenge society. we are very much focused on training and supporting more emaile filmmakers this year and beyond “- Chioma Ude at the AFRIFF media launch, 7th October, 2019.
The festival which was hosted at Landmark Village, Victoria Island Lagos,kicked off with its opening film; For Sama by Waad Al-Kateab from Syria which is a movie that showcases the intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
The festival, which ran for one week (10th-16th, November) was made up of activities aimed at fostering connections and exchange of ideas and business relationships built through strong social engagement.
Workshops held during the festival were targeted at industry practitioners and media delegates at beginners, intermediate and masters levels covering fields that included acting, directing, script writing, festival productions, the business of film, cinematography, storytelling, the art of show business and content distribution.
This year, AFRIFF showcased over one hundred and seventy (170) films; twenty (20) feature films, twenty-six (26) documentaries, eighty-eight (88) shorts, nineteen 19 animation and twenty-one (21) student shorts. Forty-seven (47) of which were of Nigerian origin.
Walking With Shadows
Walking with Shadows, produced by media entrepreneur, Funmi Iyanda had its Nigerian premiere after having it world premiere at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival in October. Walking with Shadows is a movie based on a novel by Jude Dibia and it tells a story of a man, who struggles with his sexual identity and how its exposure affects his acceptance and love from friends, family and society.
The AFRIFF 2019 Jury consisted of esteemed and renowned filmmakers across Africa and the diaspora with rich backgrounds in the different aspects of film making; Victor Okhai (Nigeria), Betty Sulty-Johnson(France), Chipo Zhou (South Africa), Zik Zulu Okafor (Nigeria), Nikyatu Jusu (Sierra Leone/America), Don Edkins (South Africa), Victor Muniafu (Kenya), and Tope OShin (Nigeria).
AFRIFF 2019 Globe Awards
The Festival was brought to a close with a vibrant closing/award ceremony which was attended by a large number of industry stakeholders made up of actors, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, writers, film enthusiasts and fans of African cinema and was hosted by Ibrahim Suleiman and Kemi Lala Akindoju.
The Ghost And The House of Truth
The Ghost and The House of Truth which had its Nigerian premiere at AFRIFF and was the closing film of the festival was the big winner at the Globe awards going home with three awards; Best Director, Best Actress and Oronto Douglas Award for best Nigerian Film. The movies tells the story of how a dedicated, law abiding counsellor takes matters into her own hands when her daughter goes missing.
Here is a full list of winners from the AFRIFF 2019 Globe Awards;
- Best Feature Film – Rattlesnakes
- Best Animation – Malika – Warrior Queen by Roye Okupe
- Best Short Film – My Tyson by Claudio Casale
- Best Documentary – In Search by Beryl Magoko
- Best Actor -Bongile Mantsai in Knuckle City
- Best Actress -Kate Henshaw in The Ghost & The House of Truth
- Best Director – Akin Omotoso for The Ghost & The House of Truth
- Best Screenplay – Our Lady of the Nile
- Audience Choice Award -Rattlesnakes
- Peter Obi Legacy Award for Female Excellence – Lizzy Ovoeme
- Oronto Douglas Award for Best Nigerian Film – The Ghost & The House of Truth
- Special Mention Short – Appreciation by Tomisin Adepeju
- Special Mention Feature – Gold Coast Lounge by Pascal Aka
- Jury for Special Jury Prize – Sankara is Not Dead by Lucy Vivier
- Best Student Short – Linger by Edem Dotse
Of course, you did not expect that we will miss out of one key components in the gathering of movie stars. Fashion! We compiled some of our most memorable looks from the festival.
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