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“Africa Unites” in Port Harcourt as the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) Debuts in December 2010

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The First Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), a platform that seeks to give expression to the players in the African film sector by recognising and rewarding excellence in the industry, will hold its maiden edition from the 1st to the 5th of December, 2010, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to Peace Anyam-Osigwe, Creative Director of the Festival, the 5-day event is set to become the annual appointment of global filmmakers on Africa’s soil, comprising film screenings in cinemas, a technical training series aimed at raising local industry standards; business sessions and networking opportunities; film exhibition and the launch of a unique Film and Equipment market that will encourage and grow content and equipment trade out of Africa and form global partnerships.

Entries for the film festival closed on the 31st of August 2010. Eligible films were produced after January 1, 2009 and preference was given to films which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa. Categories include Feature, Short, Documentary and Animation.

The maiden edition of the Festival has been themed “Africa Unites” and will bring together both local and international film makers, celebrities, actors, directors, film buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, film lovers and the media to showcase Africa’s motion picture achievements.

Communications Consultant for AFRIFF, Celine Loader, disclosed that the Festival is already receiving international coverage to ensure global participation, including a special focus on AFRIFF in the Cannes Daily Edition of the influential Hollywood Reporter in May 2010.
We want the film industry in Africa to compete favourably with its global peers and so we are activating a comprehensive communications strategy with a global outlook that will achieve sensitisation across the world,” she assured.

Commenting on the choice of Rivers State as the host venue for the event, Honourable Marcus Nle-Ejii, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rivers State, said that the state is known for its rich heritage in arts and culture, asserting that staging AFRIFF in the state will help towards achieving its developmental objectives.

Celine Loader, Communication Consultant for the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Chioma Ude, CEO, AFRIFF, Caterina Bortulossi, Director of Administration , AFRIFF and Omoni Oboli

Caterina Bortulossi, Director of Administration , Africa international Film Festival, Peace Anyiam Osigwe, Creative Director, Africa International Film Festival, (AFRIFF) Chioma Ude , CEO and Founder, AFRIFF, Ilaria Chessa, Director of Strategy, AFRIFF and Soledad Gragnett, Technical Director, AFRIFF

For more information, visit the AFRIFF website – www.africafilmfest.com

11 Comments

  1. moi

    October 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    YES!!!!!! it is high time we av something like this…It is sad that we say we are either the second or third largest movie industry yet the common American folks dont av a clue….U shocked right, I was too when I found out, in film class and related courses, they only talk abt european movies and Bollywood; Nollywood no even enter their vocab, and this film festival would go a long way if they are also carried out in Diaspora the way the Manhattan Film festival is done; the short play are toured across schools in America 4 awareness and all. And it is also nt helping matters that when Nigerian actors and actresses bring their premiere over to the state, it is only shown in NY, NJ and sometimes Texas……GEEZ, they are nt the only states…guys pls diversify and start a trend. We claim that we can export our traditions through movies the way Hollywood does it bt we are nt catering for the minority…..I LOVE MY COUNTRY and I would love her pple to tell her tale themselves bt that is nt going to happen if we keep doing business this way…Once again I am happy for this initiative

  2. moi

    October 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    And u know the amazing thing, them moderators are all women…Bite that!!!! I see a future were women would change Nollywood scene, and we not joking this time

  3. Nneka

    October 19, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Madam Bella …as of 12:59am (Nigerian time) “7000 people like Bella Naija” on FB!!!
    Yippieeeee! 😀 …Must be exciting seeing that number grow.
    Cheers to BN’s bright future.

    Ok back to the post…..:)

  4. Gino

    October 19, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Women, u guys have to calm down oh. Why una dey drag our positions with us na?

    http://getnigeriajobs.blogspot.com/

    • mariaah

      October 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

      Sharap Gino!! LOL..

  5. Godwin

    October 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I love this program, its going to bring alots of opportuinitie to the state and the dwellers.

  6. Gbosa!

    October 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    What can I say? if the ‘Boys are not smiling’ then the ‘Women are not playing’! Yes, its the women that are holding forte in Nollywood now… producing great movies and trying to make the industry better. when the men were there what did they do? Steal, dupe, cut corners, sell out, do shoddy films, split into part 1 – 5, elevate not the best talents but the ones they could sleep with! Just like they did Nigeria! the few women that have been allowed to lead, see how they have fared! What we need in this country is a female president! Yes, I said it! Gbam!

  7. NWIUE NADUM JOHN

    November 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    there is no better way to go forward in life but to deliver INTEGRITY

  8. NWIUE NADUM JOHN

    November 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    there is no better way to leave in life but to lead right at all cost. the women are doing great job.

  9. felix B. Nwandiko

    November 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Its been wonderful to see such educative program coming to the state, a lot of opportunity will be open for the interested youth. cheers

  10. Gangaram kerkar

    December 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Caterina and Chioma,
    You done great job. As we met and become friends i proud of both of you thanks for giving us such a nice entertaining events and unforgettable movement in my life
    Thanks

    Regards
    Tush

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