Friday, 25 July 2014

South African Actress Xolile Tshabalala Appointed AFRIFF 2014 Ambassador

South African actress, Xolile Tshabalala has been appointed the ambassador  for the Africa International Film Festival.

In a press release, Xilole said, "I’m excited about anything that brings Africa together.”

She continued, "When Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF, called me, I had no choice but to jump at the offer-perhaps, it is also because it’s woman power. Yes, the festival is being run by an amazing woman.

"So, I feel excited about an opportunity for me to share my experience and belief about the beauty of Africa. More importantly, I am excited because it will also offer the opportunity to show that AFRIFF has demonstrated that she can hold a film festival equal to internationally acclaimed festivals.”

The South African actress, met with the AFRIFF team at the ongoing Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), where she held talks with the Project Director Afie Braimoh and the Artistic Director Keith Shiri who joined the team from London.

The actress, whose short film, Through Her Eyes, is screening at DIFF, was excited to join the team, having been eager to lend her voice to the much-publicised 4th edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)set for November 9 to16.

“I’m very excited as an artiste and as a female filmmaker. Also, as an African, I am so happy about anything that brings Africa together and puts us on the world map. I’m overwhelmed with joy for being a part of the AFRIFF team,” she said to reporters at the festival.

The star of Mnet’s Jacobs Cross and SABC1’s soap, Generation, alongside Nollywood actress Rita Dominic, will be the ambassadors for the festival.

Interestingly, Tshabalala resumed duty immediately, talking to people at the ongoing DIFF about the qualities that differentiate AFRIFF from other festivals.

AFRIFF holds at the popular Tinapa Business Resort in Calabar, Cross River State.

The event will feature daily film screenings, workshops, master classes, exhibitions, film premieres, glamorous opening and closing ceremonies. It will round off with an award night that will celebrate winning film entries.