10 March 2017


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Which events to attend in 2017?

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 2017 (in Johanesburg and Abidjan) and MIPTV/MIPcom 2017 are the main markets for TV programme sales.

The Loeries and Cristal 2017 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.



3-29 May 2017

The African Film Festival New York (AFFNY)

NY City, USA.

NY African Film Festival 257


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.

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3-6 April 2017

MIPTV 2017

Cannes, France. The global TV market.


11-14 May 2017
Nollywood Week Film Festival

Paris, France. The place to go re. Nollywoods 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. film The CEO (2016) - Director Kunle Afolayan (Nigeria) attended previous editions. Conferences, round tables, debates, projections...Open to all, fans and professionals.


30 May - 1 June 2017

Discop 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 1500 delegates expected in 2017.

 Discop Abidjan 2017


16-19 October 2017
Mipcom 2017
The world's entertainment content market.
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.

Discop Joburg 2017
25-27 October 2017
DISCOP AFRICA Johannesburg 2017
SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE - 161 Maude St, Sandton 2196. Johannesburg, South Africa.
TV Programs Market: The largest market in Francophone Africa, and creative forum for television programs, TV channels, broadcast technologies and other audiovisual subjects - Around 2000 delegates expected, conferences, debates, round tables, floor trade stands and much more ... not to be missed !


31 Oct - 1 November 2017
TV Connect MENA 2017
Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.
TV Connect Africa, an essential event for the digital economy in Africa. Approximately 8,000 participants. Ideal for promoting innovation, sell solutions and seal partnerships with telcos content. Date and location tbc.


7-9 Nov. 2017
AfricaCom 2017
Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.

AfricaCom, the essential event dedicated to the digital economy in Africa. Approximately 13,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors & 400 visionary speakers from across the entire digital ecosystem expected in 2017. Ideal for promoting innovation, sell solutions and seal partnerships with telcos and content solution providers.