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AFRIFF delivers the most vibrant and energetic festival experience in Africa and it has truly being a celebration of filmmaking and filmmaking talent over the last six years. It has consistently delivered a rich programme of films, keynote conversations and panels of discussion on issues affecting cinema on the continent, film training and talent dvelopment opportunities as well as an array of exciting networking events and parties.
Over the 7 days AFRIFF, its programmes foster invaluable exchange of ideas, production connections, and business relationships.
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Researcher, teacher, and Ph.D. in History, JANAINA OLIVEIRA was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She works at the Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro, where she coordinates the Centre for Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Studies. Since 2009, realizes research focused on Black Films, in Brazil, and in the diaspora, and also about African cinema. She’s now curator of the Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul, the most traditional Black film festival in Brazil.

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FABIEN RIGGALL created Future Shorts in 2003 as a platform for new filmmakers to present their work. Riggall went on to found Future Cinema in 2005 and Secret Cinema in 2007. Riggall is credited with establishing immersive cinema as a format. Fabien Riggall is the Founder and Creative Director of Secret Cinema. Secret Cinema is one of the most talked-about global cultural phenomenons, that has redefined the way people experience movies. By creating hyper-realistic immersive environments around films, such as Blade Runner, 28 Days Later and Prometheus,

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FLORIAN FLAUCHEUR is a TV journalist for Agence France Press for over a decade. Previously based in Paris, Florian currently lives in Lagos where he covers Nigeria and West Africa daily news. Political elections, humanitarian crisis and social issues are his favourite topics to analyze mutations of ours societies. Passionate with cinema since he discovered french movment La Nouvelle Vague, Florian Plaucheur had also covered International films festival like Cannes or Fespaco in Burkina Faso and follow with interests the latest Nigerian productions.

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JAMES OSTRER is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work often tests the limits of body politics in the ever evolving analysis of the western body, sexuality, and society. James Ostrer is descended from the family owned Gaumant British cinema empire. A company that dominated the early evolution of cinema within Europe while also having supported the invention of the television. As a production company it was most commonly known for giving Alfred Hitchcock his first break and also making war time propaganda films to build morale in support against Hitler during the war. James continues within the vein of film and political art to provoke a dialogue that transcends difference of opinion. The artist lives and works in London.

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Born in Cairo, SHERIF AWAD is an art/film/video curator who worked as a programmer, communications attaché and editor of film publications since 1993 in both Cairo and Alexandria Film Festivals. In the last few years, he also curated Arab and foreign film/video programs in several European countries including Italy, Sweden and Ireland as well as in the Egyptian Contemporary Art Gallery Darb 1718. In addition to his contribution to several specialized publications, he was Chief Editor of both The Ticket Entertainment Magazine and the art journal Contemporary Practices.

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MILDRED OKWO is Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Audrey Silva Company (TASC). She is also the Creative head of Mord Pictures Production, a subsidiary of TASC. Described by many as a consummate professional and a Nollywood industry game changer. Mildred produced and directed the acclaimed 2006 film “30 Days” and the 2012 political satire “The Meeting”. These two features have received several critical and commercial accolades. “The Meeting” is one of the top grossing cinema films of 2012 and has won over 18 different awards including the Goodluck Jonathan Award for best Nigerian film at AFRIFF 2014.

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JOKE SILVA is a Nigerian actress, director, and businesswoman. A graduate of the University of Lagos and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she began a career in film in the early 1990s. In 1998 she had a major role starred opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women. In 2006 she won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in Women’s Cot, and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in White Waters.

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JAHMAN OLADEJO ANIKULAPO studied Theatre Arts (Directing, Dramatic Theories & Criticisms) at the University of Ibadan. He has worked as an actor, director and production/stage manager for decades. Aside active stage, TV and film engagement, he was Arts & Media Editor, The Guardian (1992-2003); and Editor, The Guardian on Sunday (2003–2013). Specifically, in the area of film, he was Resource person at the 1992 Draft Film Policy workshop. He coordinated Nigeria’s participation in the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milan, Italy (2005). He has served on juries of major film festivals both locally and internationally.

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PIERRE CHERRUAN is a French writer and journalist, author of crime novels. After studying at the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux in 1990 , he joined the training center for journalists in Paris in 1993 . He also graduated that same year with a degree in advanced studies of contemporary history . He spent two years in Nigeria where he became a freelancer for Télérama, Le Monde and Le Nouvel Économiste . He also worked for the weekly L’Autre Afrique before Joining the International Mail in 1998 as a journalist. He has used his African experience greatly in many of his novels. In 1997 , he published his first novel Nena Rastaqouère which is set in Nigeria.

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RICHARD MOFE-DAMIJO, RMD as he is widely known and fondly referred to is the biggest male actor to come out of Nigeria in particular and Africa as a whole. He has starred in well over 60 movies and TV Series locally and nternationally. A creative fire-brand, RMD wrote for several prestigious Nigerian newspapers including Concorde and Guardian. In his early 30s he published Nigeria’s first all-gloss magazine for men MISTER which he sold for several millions at 33 years. A man of many parts, RMD is a Writer, Creative Content Creator, Producer, Lawyer, Life-Coach, Public speaker, Master of ceremony amongst other talents.

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