Films by two of Africa’s foremost filmmakers the late Ousmane Sembene— Moolade and Black Girl and Souleymane Cisse’s Waiting for Happiness headlined the segment devoted to a special showcase of African classics when the inaugural Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opened in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, from December 1st to the 5th. However Andy Okorafor’s big budget film Relentless was the organizers choice for the festival opening night film. Set in Lagos, Relentless was an engaging and deep story about loneliness, love and self-discovery.
Pedro is a founder of Ebano Multimedia Lda, leading independent production company in Mozambique. Between 1997 and 2003, Pedro was the Chief Technical Adviser of the UNESCO Zimbabwe Film & Video Training Project for Southern Africa in Harare where he conceived and managed training programs in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. He is one of the founders of AVEA (Audio Visual Entrepreneurs of Africa), which ran an annual professional training program for producers in Southern Africa. He is the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA an international documentary film festival in Mozambique and consults with the National Audiovisual and Film Institute (INAC).
Kisha Cameron-Dingle runs the production company Completion Films, which has a first-look deal with Focus Features. She is also Program Director of Focus Features ‘Africa First’ Short Film Program, which was conceived to be a unique initiative, with funds earmarked specifically for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence. Kisha served as Associate Producer on ‘Sometimes in April’, the HBO film directed by Raoul Peck, based on true events surrounding the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; and on Spike Lee’s controversial film, ‘Bamboozled’. She has an extensive background in studio development, having been an executive at New Line Cinema and Walden Media. Kisha holds a BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Imruh Bakari is a graduate of the National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield, UK. He was a founder member of the Ceddo Film Workshop and Kuumba Productions in the UK in the 1980s and 1990s. His current company Savannah Films was started in 1994 and established an office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2003. He was Director of Zanzibar International Film Festival in its early years. He lectures at the University of Winchester.
Nadine is a leading film and TV producer. Nadine was executive producer at Leopard Films where she was the Development Executive on the single drama An Englishman In New York, a film that premiered and won the Teddy at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for a Bafta and Golden Rose. For many years Nadine was executive producer for BBC Scotland overseeing the development and production of over forty hours of prime time drama. She also initiated a film scheme in conjunction with Scottish Screen and BBC Films for talented filmmakers in Scotland. Nadine taught on numerous film and television courses and is currently teaching on the MA script-writing course at the London Film School. She helped devise “Breakout”, a year-long training scheme for Black and Minority Ethnic writers funded by Skillset to bring feature length films and documentaries to the big screen.
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Ntare is a first generation Ugandan-American working in the mediums of photography, theatre, film and television. His photographic work has featured in Vanity Fair and exhibited at Blue Sky Gallery, The United Nations, Rush Arts Gallery, the UCLA Fowler Museum, The Latino Art Museum, and has been featured on the HBO television series Six Feet Under. Ntare’s TV acting credits include recurring roles on the HBO series Treme, Heroes, The Riches, ER and CSI; and the feature films Blood Diamond and 40. Theatre acting credits include leading roles at The Public Theater, The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center and Center Theatre Group. Film directing credits include Biro and the documentary film Beware of Time, which won Best Film at the Berlin Black International Film Festival. Ntare has taught at Yale University, the University of Southern California (USC) and has taught theatre and film artists in more than a dozen countries in Africa.
Andy is a movie and television drama director and scriptwriter whose philosophy is to discover fresh acting talents with every work he directs. He directed the ZAAFA (2009) and S.I.M.A (2007) awards winning film adaptation of Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine, and many other award winning films like Mortal Inheritance (1997), Igodo (1999), Oracle (1993), Head of Gold (2000), and Passionate Appeal (2006). In 2005 he won best director award at Afro Hollywood Awards. Andy is a 1983 mass communication graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State. Among his productions are 38 episodes of Ripples from 1889 to 1990.
I just wanted to come and learn. I wanted to come and dive into what this film industry has to offer, and I am learning a lot.Rockmond Dunbar - Soul Food, Prison Break
I was definitely excited to come and be part of the film festival and see what's going on in Nollywood,because in terms of film production output, Nigeria is kicking up the highest in the US.Malcolm-Jamal Warner - The Cosby Show, Malcolm & Eddie