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Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

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The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is an annual film festival that takes place in Nigeria. It was founded in 2010 by Chioma Ude, The event normally spans through a week and it includes award shows and film training classes. Keith Shiri, the founder/director of Africa at the Pictures is the Artistic Director of the festival.

Africa International Film Festival events

2010 Africa International Film Festival

The 2010 Africa International Film Festival was held in Port Harcourt from 1 December 2010 to 5 December 2010. The festival followed after its first official announcement at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. The 5 day event featured several activities that included workshop, screenings, film premiere, awards night & a fashion show. The event featured performances from P-Square and Duncan Mighty. The theme for the year was “Africa Unites”. Eligible submissions must have been produced after 1 January 2009 and submitted before 31 August 2010

Award Winners

  • Best People’s Choice Award: Working Girl by Nigel Trellis (Antigua+Barbuda)
  • Best Animation: URS by Montz Mayerhofer (Germany)
  • Best Short Film: Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya)
  • Best Documentary: Stolen by Daniel FallShaw (Australia)
  • Best Feature Film: Soul Boy by Hawa Essuman (Kenya/Germany)

2011 Africa International Film Festival

The 2011 Africa International Film Festival took place from 30 November 2011 to 3 December 2011 in Lagos. The event was sponsored by Arik Air and submissions were open from March 30 to July 30 2011.[10] Leila Djansi’s Ties That Bind opened the ceremony with its premiere at Genesis Deluxe Cinemas.[11] The event was anchored by Rita Dominic and IK Osakioduwa. Lynn Whitfield was the ambassador of the festival. P-Square performed at the Oriental Hotel on the final day of the event.[12][13]

Award Winners

  • Best Animation: Le Parrain by lazare sie Pale (Burkina Faso)
  • Best People’s Choice Award: The Education of Auma Obama by Branwen Okpako(Kenya)
  • Best Short Film: Blissi N’Diaye by Nicolas Sawaco (France)
  • Best Documentary: The Unbroken Spirit
  • Best Feature Film: Aramotu by Niji Akanni (Nigeria)

2013 Africa International Film Festival

The 2013 Africa International Film Festival was held from 10 November 2013 to 17 November 2013 at Tinapa, Cross River.[14] The event was hosted by Darey Art Alade and TV personality, Michelle Dede. The event was sponsored by UBA.[15] South African film Of Good Report won the Best Feature Film.

Award Winners

  • Best Feature Film: Of Good Report (South Africa)
  • President’s Best Authentic Nigerian Film: The Meeting by Mildred Okwo.
  • Best Director: Roberta Durrant for Felix
  • Best Film Screenplay: iNumber Number
  • Best Actor: Desmond Elliot (Lies Men Tell)
  • Best Actress: Uche Jombo (Lies Men Tell)
  • Special Jury Mention: Rita Dominic and Omoni Oboli
  • Best Student Film: Sodiq by Adeyemi Michael
  • Best Short Film: Adamt by Zalem Worldmariam (Ethiopia)
  • Special Jury Mention: Beleh by Eka Christa Assam (Cameroun)
  • Special Mention: Africa Shafted
  • Best Documentary: The Virgin, the Copts and Me
  • Jury Special Prize: Virgin Margarida by Licinio Azevedo

2014 Africa International Film Festival

The 2014 Africa International Film Festival was held from 9 November 2014 to 16 November 2014 at Tinapa, Cross River.

Award Winners

  • Best Feature Film: October 1 (Kunle Afolayan) – Nigeria
  • Best Nigerian Film: Ojuju (C.J. Obasi) – Nigeria
  • Best Director: Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George) – Nigeria
  • Best Screenplay: October 1 (Tunde Babalola) – Nigeria
  • Best Actor: Sadiq Daba (October 1) – Nigeria
  • Best Actress: Thishiwe Ziqubu (Hard to Get) – South Africa
  • Best Short Film: Stiff (Samantha Nell)
  • Best Documentary: The Supreme Price (Joana Lipper)
  • Best Student Short:Aissa’s Story (Iquo Essien)
  • Audience Choice: Gone Too Far (Destiny Ekaragha)
  • Outstanding Jury Award: Om Amira (Naji Ismail)

References; Wikipedia

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