18 May 2018
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New York African Film Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary
16 – 22 May 2018 Various Venues
The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival (AFF) Inc. are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), which will take place at the FSLC between May 16 and May 22, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek May 24 through May 28 and Maysles Cinema in Harlem June 7 through June 10. The festival will honor the pioneers of African cinema as well as recognize a new generation of African filmmakers. The festival will screen 66 films from 25 countries.
The festival's opening night film, Apolline Traoré’s award-winning film Borders, "follows four women as they travel from Mali to Nigeria, supporting each other while battling sexism and corruption." A short film honoring Traoré’s late mentor, Idrissa Ouedraogo, will screen before Borders. A fundraising gala will be held after the screening of both films.
A full listing of films and screening schedule for the festival can be found here.
The African Film Festival (TAFF)
29 June – 3 July 2018
The African Film Festival (TAFF) celebrates films that either promote African culture; address issues affecting Africa; or explore African landmarks and historic leaders.
DISCOP Zanzibar Details Announced
11-13 July 2018
Hot on the heels of a hugely successful DISCOP Johannesburg, market organisers have announced the details of next year’s inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar event that will take place from July 11 to 13, 2018 at the Verde Hotel just outside Stone Town, Zanzibar.
DISCOP Zanzibar will take place alongside the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) that will run from the 7 to 15 of July for its 21st edition. The partnership between ZIFF and DISCOP market organizers will see a larger focus on film within DISCOP Zanzibar, and also coincides with the announcement of two new categories of awards from ZIFF, Best TV Series and Best Web Series, reflecting the ever-increasing convergence of content across multiple platforms.
The launch of DISCOP Zanzibar is part of a regionalization process that will see the number of DISCOP markets aimed at sub-Saharan Africa’s booming entertainment content marketplace rise from currently two events a year, in Abidjan and Johannesburg, to four markets with the addition of Zanzibar and then Lagos as new DISCOP destinations.
“Noticeable business trends already point to how massive home-grown content consumption, intra-African trade and regional cooperation will be the dominant forces in shaping the Continent’s entertainment marketplace,” says Patrick ZUCHOWICKI, DISCOP founder and general manager, who adds, “Holding a DISCOP market specifically targeting the East African media industry is key to the development of our brand.”
Major distributors as well as independents will be welcome with equal attention and participations options priced to make them as accessible as possible. DISCOP Zanzibar will also include a market component driven by pre-arranged meetings between key players driving Eastern Africa’s entertainment content development, production and distribution ecosystems.
DISCOP Zanzibar will also host the sidebar NEXT GEN program, a permanent fixture of all DISCOP markets, featuring three stand-alone knowledge-transfer and pitching tracks: DISCOPRO, centred on regional and international coproduction opportunities; DISCORE, focused on the importance of music and sync deals within the content space; and DISCOMICS targeting the animation, special effects, comic books and video gaming sectors.
Ethiopia will be honoured as DISCOP Zanzibar’s inaugural edition’s Guest Country. With a population of 100 million-plus and a booming economy, Ethiopia is now one of the promising newcomers in Africa’s film, television and online industries.
The Royal Africa Society Film Festival
2 – 11 November 2018
Various Venus around London
Film Africa is an annual London film festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society. Established in 2011, every year Film Africa brings diverse London audiences a high quality and wide-ranging film programme accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; The Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights. Film Africa also recognises and supports new film making talent through the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.
The 2018 festival will take place in venues across London from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 November.