After three editions, the highly acclaimed Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, has become a reference point for notable film festivals of African origin, and the most recognised from Nigeria.
O.C. Ukeje, Nollywood fast-rising star, said recently in Lagos, when asked about AFRIFF, “I was at the festival last year and it was loads of fun. The industry sessions were very informative and gave clear insights to a number of issues that we face as film practitioners. I am looking forward to attending this year’s festival so I can learn some more.”
For veteran actress, Kate Henshaw, the quality of films that were screened at the festival last year, are feats to look forward to. “I believe there is no doubt that AFRIFF is showing traits comparable to some festivals that have been in existence for several decades. I was so impressed by the strategic array of film entries screened at last year’s edition. They provide a genuine platform for African film makers to learn from one another,” she said.
AFRIFF, which was represented this year at notable film festivals in the world, such as, Cannes International Film Festival, France; Durban International Film Festival, South Africa; African Film Festival, New York and Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, has enjoyed an enviable collection of film entries, resource persons, artistic collaborations and top celebrities from various parts of Africa, and the Diaspora, thereby earning itself the status of a truly pan-African film forum and internationally recognised event.
“I am delighted with our Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, initiative this year; the skill acquisition training workshops are taking a different dimension. We will be providing scholarships for exceptional students,” said Chioma Ude, AFRIFF’s Founder/ CEO.
“We are working towards making the festival a bigger spectacle by magnifying each component part,” she added.
Also commending the initiative was Rita Dominic, one of AFRIFF’s Goodwill Ambassadors who said, “I applaud AFRIFF’s unwavering commitment to the positive transformation going on in Nollywood and the African cinema at large. The upcoming 2014 edition in Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Calabar, Cross River State is going to be a blast, so save the dates, November 9 to 16, 2014.”
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