Plans are in top gear for the 2017 edition of the Africa International Film Festival, holding between October 29 and November 4.
The organisers disclosed the date at a programme held at the British Council, Ikoyi, Lagos, last Tuesday night.
Now in its seventh edition, the festival will offer what AFRIFF Director, Chima Ude, called a cinematic experience, business networking, movie premieres, film screenings, industry sessions, master classes, workshops and the Globe Awards.
Besides, it is a season of international collaborations for AFRIFF, with the French Government coming in to strengthen its commercial and artistic exchanges with Nigeria.
The French Consular in Lagos, Mr. Laurent Polonceaux, confirmed this, saying, A FRIFF would provide the French establishment to showcase its cultural legacy.
He added that AFRIFF was one of the most important film festivals in Africa.
To strengthen the partnership, the festival is dedicating two days –November 2 and 3 – to French films.
On its part, the British Council is bringing the London BFI (British Film Institute) into a new partnership with AFRIFF.
Tagged ‘Film Connections’, the British Council’s partnership also aims to share knowledge and deepen co-production opportunities between film-makers from Nigeria and the UK.
AFRIFF Founder and Director, Chioma Ude announced ‘Waiting for Hassana’, a short film by Ifunanya ‘funa’ Maduka (Nigeria/US), and a feature, ‘I Am Not a Witch’ by Rungano Nyoni (Zambia), as the opening night films while ‘Felicite’, an Oscar contender by Alain Gomis (France/Senegal), is for the closing night film.
Ude said AFRIFF was well prepared to host film-makers and actors from around the world, noting that the festival had continued to attract interests with a record of 3,232 film entries received this year alone.
According to her, the films in competition include 24 short ones, 11 documentaries and 14 feature-length films, while all the films in the official selection will be uploaded to the festival website on October 9.
The British Council Head of Arts, West Africa, Ojoma Ochai, also expressed delight at the development.
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