24 February 2017
African Film Festival New York
21st NATIONAL TRAVELING SERIES
In 2016-2017, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the 21st anniversary of our National Traveling Series. Due to the demand for African films across the country, in 1995 AFF launched the series, which travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. and in some Caribbean nations, in order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience. The Traveling Series program consists of several feature and short films, including promotional and educational materials.
The 21st edition of the National Traveling Series is comprised of eight films presented under the theme of “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking.”
Using Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl as an initial marker of mainstream, African cinematic recognition, this year’s edition of the National Traveling Series traces the first generation of pan-African artists and activists who used cinema as a platform to project their ideals, namely of an autonomous, exuberant nation and people, ready for action and a socio-political status equal to their European counterparts. Decades later, a new generation continues to use film in inventive and fascinating ways —unpacking entrenched ideas of masculinity, domesticity, and invoking dialogue about the persistent struggle for upward socioeconomic mobility.
Within this dynamic, styles and genres are reshaped: narratives coalesce with broader pop culture and more insular vernacular traditions; old ways of communication overlap with an increasingly interdependent digital era. To follow Sembène’s legacy is to follow the ever-changing, kaleidoscopic paradigm that is African cinema, and its continual commitment showing the world the dimensional, complex ways that African nations matter.
Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to converge and have one to one interactions, which give room for synergy, co-productions and collaborations.’’(1)
The Cannes festival and others such as Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance International Film Festival (USA), FESPACO in Burkina Faso and the Nigerian based African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) provide African film producers ample opportunity to showcase their finest cinematic output and potentials.
The two Discop Africa (in Johanesburg and Abidjan) and MIPTV/MIPcom are the main markets for TV programme sales.
The Loeries and Cristal are dedicated to advertising mainly.
Note: This list is not exhaustive, and there is almost one african film festival per year in key countries around the World: in large African countries, the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, etc.
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25 Feb. to 4 March 2017
FESPACO - The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou
The 25e edition of THE main African film festival.
June 2017Discop Africa
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
THE main film, TV and digital content market dedicated to Francophone Africa with conferences, networking sessions, projections, local stars and debates. Over 1000 delegates in 2016.
Nollywood Week Film Festival
Paris, France. The place to go re. Nollywood and African films in Francophone Africa. The best festival for Nollywood films in French! Actors, filmakers, distributeurs attend it. Last year, top nollywood films were shown - e.g. The CEO (2016) - Directed by Kunle Afolayan.