Focused on talent development, the International African Film Festival (AFRIFF) is committed to training 1,000 young people across Africa in filmmaking and content creation.
AFRIFF Executive Director Chioma Ude noted that the festival, over the past 10 years, has worked to develop an indigenous film industry whose products can compete favorably in the international space.
She said this year’s festival is dedicated to Africans for Africans, “the ones who make us dream and celebrate storytelling, which challenges society.” I am also very happy to announce that we will devote a day to anime and gaming to continue our dynamism and innovation. We will continue to focus our efforts on training and supporting more filmmakers than ever before, as well as on building global bridges and promoting new intercultural exchanges. “
Access Bank, US Diplomatic Mission Nigeria, Konga, Afreximbank, Landmark, Pan African Capital, Pernod Ricard and Filmhouse Group are this year’s AFRIFF sponsors.
According to her, the festival, which will be held November 7-13 at Filmhouse Cinemas, Landmark Retail Village, opens with Michael Pearce’s highly anticipated sci-fi thriller Encounter, which stars award-winning Riz Ahmed. an Emmy Award and Oscar and Golden Globe nominee. and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
âThe festival will then end with Bolanle Austin Peters’ Collision. A heartbreaking story, which explores the shabby stomachs of rogue law enforcement officers and the atrocious results as they come head-to-head with a frustrated young man and a conflicting police member, âhe said. she declared.
Ude noted that the festival had received more than 4,000 entries from at least 100 countries, the highest number to date, and would feature nearly 150 projects, including feature films, shorts, documentaries and many Moreover.
Singer and songwriter Sidney Esiri, known as Dr Sid, speaking on games and animation, said the communities are intertwined, adding that there is a big gap in the content of animation in Africa. This is the reason why the festival has included a training session on animation.
According to him, there are over 44 million active players in Nigeria and 961,000 viewers watch sports content.
He noted that the top 25 students in animation training would receive funding from sponsors to be able to make their own films. He also added that Disney had also reached out to work with the top 15.
Actress Lala Akindoju highlighted the importance of the panels and workshops that would be held at the festival.
âIndustry sessions and workshops provide an opportunity to network, create and sign agreements. The sessions would capture the conversations around the industry and the stories that have been told. Theater classes and experimental film making sessions are also part of the festival’s program, âshe said.