2016 NY African Film Festival Kicks Off Today, Celebrating 50 years of African Filmmaking


New York African Film Festival – this year’s edition (the 23rd) kicks off today, running from May 4-10, with the tagline “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking” (marking the 50th anniversary of Ousmane Sembène’s feature debut “Black Girl”), presented and hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival, Inc, with Maysles Cinema and BAMcinématek also acting as screening locations.

Single screening tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more and save with the 3+ film discount package. Visit filmlinc.org for more information.

A reception will follow tonight’s Opening Night Film at the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater. Tickets for the movie and Opening Reception are $100 and are available online at africanfilmny.org. Regular festival prices apply for the screening only, and tickets can be purchased at filmlinc.org.

After opening at Film Society of Lincoln Center, the NYAFF heads to Maysles Cinema in Harlem (May 13-15). The festival concludes over Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-30) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of its popular dance and music festival DanceAfrica.

Lots to chew on here in terms of this year’s lineup, including 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from 26 countries; S&A will cover some of the festival, so expect future posts (reviews and whatever else is within resource reach).