The first Africa International Film Festival, Port Harcourt, Nigeria presented a programme of 71 films from 32 countries. We decided to keep this introductory programme of the festival compact and manageable, yet offering a showcase of new work from the African continent and around the world and also to celebrate some of the heroes of African cinema over the years.

The programme consisted of 4 competition sections; Features, Documentaries, Short and Animation; and two non-competitive sections: African Classics and International Panorama. The selection of films in the competition section was distilled through a process of self selection initially, from those who have chosen to submit their films for competition (a total of 218 submissions were received); and then a pre-selection of new work made in the last 3 months. The selection films present some of the most accomplished, in style, technical competence, genre, and story telling that we have received, taking into account the need of excite and entertain the audiences as well as to introduce them to films and filmmakers from countries that they may be unfamiliar with, and are unlikely to easily encounter, given the limitations of the distribution of world cinema.

These considerations informed our selection of the opening and closing night films: an exciting new film ‘Relentless’ from a son of Nigeria Andy Amadi Okoroafor and a Turkish/American ensemble film ‘40’ featuring a sympathetic Nigerian character, played by jury member Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine. Other highlights in the selection at the first AFRIFF include the latest film from Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong Manso; feature films from Bahamas and Haiti, including Raoul Peck’s ‘Moloch Tropical’; independent and entertaining films from Indian sub-continent, and new features from South –Africa. There was plenty to discover and enjoy in the programme, in the presence of the filmmakers and film talents.

Download the 2010 Official Selection

June Givanni
Programmer & Jury Coordinator

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