AFRIFF announces 2021 edition, to showcase Africans to Africa

In tandem with Africa’s ever-growing indigenous and ingenious content and films, African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), is set to host a film festival tagged ‘Africans for Africa’ at the Filmhouse cinemas at Landmarks retail from Sunday 7th of November until Saturday 13th November.

The disclosure was declared open at a media briefing on Thursday, 7th of October at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos where the organisers revealed how ready and excited they are to host African filmmakers and enthusiasts for business networking, movie premieres, film screenings, industry sessions, masterclasses, workshops, and the Globe Awards.

Speaking at the briefing, AFRIFF founder and Executive Director, Ms Chioma Ude, noted that Africa’s most vibrant and innovative Film Festival would this year clock a landmark 10th anniversary.

Chioma Ude in her words noted, “I am super excited to announce our 10th-anniversary edition, following the global pandemic! It is with the greatest pleasure that we once again bring our varied programme of the very best of cinema and film content to the forefront.”

She continued; “We are proud to theme this year’s festival as one dedicated to Africans for Africa, those who enable us to dream and to celebrate storytelling which challenges society. I am also very excited to announce that we will dedicate a day to anime and gaming to continue our vibrancy and innovation. We will continue to focus our efforts on training and supporting more filmmakers than ever before, as well as building global bridges, and promoting further cross-cultural exchanges.”

Sid Esiri, popularly known as Dr Sid, a sensational Nigerian artiste who was among the panel at the briefing noted that the film festival would also witness the screening of animations and games contents.

The AFRIFF Boss, Chioma Ude, also announced that the film festival is chiefly sponsored by, Access Bank, US Consulate, Konga, Afreximbank, Landmark, Pan African Capital, Pernod Ricard and Filmhouse Group.

This year’s festival will open with Michael Pearce’s eagerly anticipated sci-fi thriller, Encounter. Encounter stars Emmy award winner and Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Riz Ahmed and Oscar-Winning actress, Octavia Spencer. The film follows two brothers who embark on a journey with their father, who is trying to protect them from an alien threat. The festival will then close with Bolanle Austin Peters’ COLLISION. A heart fluttering story, that sifts the seedy underbelly of rogue law enforcement officers and the atrocious results as they collide head-on with a frustrated young man and a conflicted member of the police force.

According to the Creative Director of AFRIFF, Jenny Alonzo, The festival received a record-breaking number of submissions (over 4000) this year from over 100 countries, the highest it has received to date and will screen almost 150 projects – including features, shorts, documentaries and much more selected by our team of programmers, who watched over 2000 hours of footage.

The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) conceived by Ms Chioma Ude is a world-class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of filmmaking with participation from local and international, actors, directors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, sound engineers, musicians, editors, light engineers, students, equipment manufacturers and businessmen.

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