Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Calling All Kenyan Filmmakers...AFRIFF Wants Your Movies

Riding on the success of last year’s edition, organizers of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), have commenced activities for the 5th edition of the event, inviting filmmakers across Africa and the Diaspora to send in their movie entries.

The festival is scheduled to take place from November 8th to 15th, 2015.

Speaking on the festival’s prerequisites for would-be entries, AFRIFF’s Artistic Director, Keith Shiri noted that only films produced after January 1, 2014 and are yet to be officially screened to an African or Global audience will be eligible to compete in the five categories of AFRIFF Awards.

“This year again, we are expecting to receive fantastic Feature Films, Documentaries,Animation, Short Films and Student Short Films, which is a category geared towards appreciating the efforts of upcoming and talented student filmmakers,” he said, adding that entry submissions will close on July 24th, 2015.

Keith who emphasized that AFRIFF would continuously be in the forefront of the drive for excellence, by giving inclusive expression to African cinema, urged intending participants to visit the festival’s website,, for comprehensive information on the guidelines and procedures for film submission and other relevant information.

AFRIFF is amongst the select film festivals worldwide that award monetary prizes for the best films in their competitive categories with the winning Feature film entry receiving $6,000; Documentary, $5,000; Short film $3,000; Animation, $3,000 and Student Short, $2,000.

Commendation is also received for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor andBest Actress, all under the Feature film category while the winning entries for the eclectic.

Special Jury Award For Outstanding Film and Audience Choice Award could be films from any of the categories.

Founded by Ms Chioma Ude, AFRIFF 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.

The last edition of the festival took place in Tinapa, Calabar, Cross River State, attracting huge participation of filmmakers, film students, facilitators, enthusiasts and corporate sponsors to the different sessions of the week-long event.