Port-Harcourt was awash with stars of screen and television from the 1st to 5th of December 2010 as they gathered for the long awaited maiden edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). The festival opened in grand style with the red carpet premiere of Andy Okoroafor’s movie “Relentless” at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema.
Nollywood and other Nigerian celebrities mixed it up with Bollywood stars and Hollywood’s Rockmond Dunbar and Malcolm Jamal-Warner, whilst the big wigs of Rivers State, led by the Governor, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi and the First Lady Judith Amaechi, came out to showcase the State’s potential for entertainment, culture and tourism.
Beyond red carpet premieres, there were workshops, panel exposes and the Africa Film and Equipment Market which was an opportunity for networking and collaborations amongst film makers, content buyers, distributors and investors from around the world. The closing Awards Gala at the Presidential Hotel Music Arena honoured the best African cinematic works in 2010, whilst the crowd was wowed by live performances from P Square and “Port Harcourt Boy” Duncan Mighty.
Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2010 – Winners
Best People’s Choice Award:
Working Girl by Nigel Trellis (Antigua+Barbuda)
URS by Montz Mayerhofer (Germany)
Best Short Film:
Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya)
Stolen by Daniel FallShaw (Australia)
Best Feature Film:
Soul Boy by Hawa Essuman (Kenya/Germany)
AFRIFF 2010 Party & Fashion Show
AFRIFF Awards Gala & Other AFRIFF 2010 Events
Photo Credit: AFRIFF | Kola Oshalusi | Face Front Concepts