When the 2nd Edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opened in Lagos, Nigeria, from November 30th – December 4th, AFRIFF brought an engaging and exciting programme of over 80 films for across the Africa continent, Africa diaspora and beyond.
The programme had a theme which presented itself from the films that were submitted that indicated an aspect of African and Caribbean history and present cultural link, with several titles entered by Carribean filmmakers.
AFRIFF also featured big releases such a Man on ground by south African based Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotosho, Ties that Bind by Los Angeles based Ghanaian filmmaker Leila Djansi, who chose AFRIFF for the African priemiere of her film.
Africa in the Picture Film Festival director Heidi Lobato (1961 – Curaçao, Dutch Antilles) has been organizing festivals and events for almost 30 years now. Started in the 80’s with organizing music events in the most recognized music theatres of Amsterdam like Paradiso and Melkweg (Milkyway).
Femi Odugbemi is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and photographer. Trained in Film & TV Production at Montana State University, Bozeman, United States, he worked initially at KUSM Channel 9 TV station in Bozeman, Montana.
Mbye Cham, Ph.D. is originally from The Gambia and is currently Chairman of the Department of African Studies at Howard University in Washington, D. C. His areas of research interest are literature and film and culture and development.
Oladipo Agboluaje studied Theatre Arts at the University of Benin. He is a London-based playwright and academic. He wrote the screenplay for the short film Area Boys. He is a writer of several plays, including, Early Morning, The Estate, Iyale, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane and more.
Eriq is originally from Cameroon,but he was born in France.His role as “BlackTie” in Femme Fatale(Brian DE PALMA) and as Patrice LUMUMBA,the former congolese prime minister in Lumumba(Raoul PECK) mesmerized audiences worldwide.
The AFRIFF vision is a vision I share with its creators and would love to lend my name and efforts to. I'm so looking forward to exploring the films and undiscovered talent that are out here at the Festival.Lynn Whitfield - Eve's Bayou, Madea's Family Reunion
I am elated about being able to visit the motherland a second time. I am about to experience amazing feelings that I felt the first time.Tichina Arnold - Martin, Everybody Hates Chris