5 May 2017


This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows.

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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.

To see what films are showing click here.



Nollywood Week 262

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.

18-19 May 2017
2nd Annual Black Film, British Cinema Conference

Black film

The 2nd annual Black Film, British Cinema Conference will be held at the University of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts this spring.

The two day event, which will run from May 18-19, will discuss and analyze “the politics of race in contemporary film and Digital Practice” and, according to the conference’s official announcement, its main goal will be to focus on “whether we consider the rise of the concept of diversity, the on-screen representation of identities, the off-screen workforce, the production trends of film institutions, new forms of independent production opened up by new media, or film education and talent development, questions of race and ethnicity remain central to contemporary British film”.

Among the many topics that will be covered include diversity and film policy, the representation/politics of race in new digital platforms, race and diaspora in international cinema and representation and the ideology of race and ethnicity.

For more information about the conference go here to this link.


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.


November 2017 (date TBA)

Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is reopening in Lagos, Nigeria, for its 7th edition, in November 2017. This major film event, which promotes and celebrates each year the talents of the African continent and the African diaspora, is expanding its range of films in competition on the occasion of its 7th edition. AFRIFF will present a programme featuring more films from French-speaking Africa as well as French films. The festival wishes for its 7th edition to honor France and La Francophonie, in a long-term vision of artistic collaborations and partnerships. The Festival hosts in official competition several categories: short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, short films of film students. Entries will be accepted until July 30th 2017. 10 to 20,000 delegates expected.